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April 26, 2014

CUTTING ISSUES...

...a couple of months ago while cutting fabric my dressmaker shears somehow just flew out of my hand.  Yep, landed about 2 feet from me on my lovely hardwood floor with a thud.  I don't know what got into them that day, but since then they won't cut hot butter.  They still look perfect - no chips, scratches or anything, but I guess I threw them off balance.   I do have 2 really good backup pairs, as well as 8 or 9 pairs of not so great ones that I don't mind using to cut paper.   But I just love cutting with my 7 year old Kai shears that never needed sharpening.  Is the word "shears" correct usage in sewing terms. 

My cutting tool of choice    
I finally got around to ordering a new pair this afternoon.  They are just so comfortable to use, perfect fit, that is up until they decided to fly out of my hand and across the room.

So, my question to you - What are your favorite shears to use for sewing????

18 comments:

  1. I Got This Metal Gingher.8In. Love It, But After Awhile My Hmmm Thumb Area Gets Really Achy.. I Just Got THis 4in Gingher And The Weight Feels Perfect. Haven't Tried Cutting Fabric With It. Maybe I Should Try. Somehow My Brain Been Indoctrinated To Think Only The Big Ones For Fabric...

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  2. I use Ginger with the spring action. Helps with hand fatigue. To cut out my patterns I use a rotary cutter; which is also a Ginger.

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  3. Ooh, Faye! My favorite shears are Ginghers in every length, even the seam ripper!!! I do most of my fabric cutting with an Olfa rotary cutter. When cutting slippery fabrics I pull out my Gingers with serrated knife edges and happily move it along. Lol.

    My mom gave me my first pair as a birthday gift for my 13th and I have collected every pair since! So Ginghers make me smile. Glad you didn't hurt yourself nor your new flooring!

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  4. I have a pair of spring loaded Fiskars that I have had for many years that absolutely love!

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  5. Ginghers -I'm a Ginghers girl all the way! I've tried Kai scissors but don't really like them. And am I the only one who has several pairs of each type of scissor I use?

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    1. and i'm a kai girl now because carolyn found out she wasn't! lol :))

      i LOVE them. my old ginghers are now collecting dust.

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  6. My big metal scissors are Singer and my little ones (like the embroidery ones with the bent handle) are Kai. But I prefer using a rotary cutter and cutting mat. My rotary cutter is Fiskar.

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  7. I just got the Ginghers that I won in the PR contest and am in love. LOVE. :)

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  8. I have both lightweight Gingher scissors and Kai Scissors. I use the Kai Scissors when I am cutting special and/or delicate fabrics. I use the Ginghers for everything else. I used to have a giant metal pair, but they were too heavy for my hands. I love my lightweights!

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  9. I really like my Gingher scissors. I have heard the Kai is good but I have never tried them. I have a lightweight Gingher and a metal one- I do not use the metal one as much because it is so heavy.
    But they both work so well.

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  10. I hope the word "shears" is still used, buecause thats the word I use. Will have to check out Kai and Gingher since that seems to be everyone's vote.

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  11. Lightweight?? Spring Action Ones? See, I Learn Something New! Must Check That Out. I Sometime Get FatigUe Feeling In Mywrist And Sometimes ArounD Elbow Coz Of All The Handbasting/Stitching I Tend To Do. So All This Options On Shears Will Be Awesome To Try! Also, Apart From Those 2 Ginghers, I Also Use My Fiskars (Lighter, But Need Oiling) Which was My Beginner Shears. And Olfa Rotary Cutter. I Tend To Use Shears For My Fashion FabRiCs AnCutter for Everything Else.

    Man... Sorry For.Still.Screwy Fonts.. It's Been Acting This Way For More Than A.year! :(

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  12. Gingers for me.. I have an old pair that I used to death, so I bought a new pair this last year, when Hancock Fabric had them on sale..
    Never tried the Kai before [first time I heard of them,ha]/
    ps. Did the scissors hurt your hard wood floor??? Hope not...

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  13. Mine are Fiskars shears (a Finnish brand), but in the last years I've been using my rotary cutter and cutting mat more often than shears,... I get less pain in my wrists and joints. I've started using the rotary cutter since I had my first carpel tunnel symptoms and I never looked back since then. I still use my shears, when the rotary cutter doesn't apply; they are always on my sewing table.

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  14. OK, how's your floor?!? (And thank goodness they didn't land on your feet!)

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  15. I love my Kai sheers even though I cut most of my fabric with my rotary cutter.

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  16. I have a huge pair of Fiskars I believe they are tailor size. I have them sharpened often by a pro. I purchased the scissor sharpener but it doesn't work that well on my tailor sheers. I also like them because they are light.

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  17. Definitely Kai's. I have several pairs for various applications.I love the fairly recent addition to the Kai line of serrated shears for cutting slippery fabrics. They really help keep tame those slippery ones.

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