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Essentials for Your Sewing Kit (Scissors)

Posted: 18 January 2016 at 6 a.m.

Sewing Scissors

Experienced sewers, quilters, and crafters understand that quality sharps dramatically increase the success and ease of your project.  Today we discuss the essentials for your sewing kit.

Scissors vs. Shears – There is a difference!  Do you know what it is?  Scissors are less than 6” long and have equally sized finger holes.  Shears are longer than 6” and have one small hole for the thumb and a larger finger hole to fit two or more fingers. 
     Scissors – these are helpful to trim extra threads.  Serrated scissors help grab the threads, making solid cuts.  It’s handy to keep a small pair on a zinger pinned to your shirt so you never have to look around for these.
     Shears - The ergonomic handles are great for making longer cuts (like with dress patterns) without tiring your hands.  Some prefer the spring action shears to curb hand fatigue!

Pinking Shears – Pinking shears are typically used to prevent raw seam edges from fraying.  These can be used as an alternative to trimming and clipping curves because the v-cuts replicate the clip effect, and it’s much faster and easier to do.

Rotary cutter – Rotary cutters are a dream come true!  They make cutting so fast and easy.  So what do you look for in a rotary cutter?  They come in sizes ranging from 18 mm-60 mm.  The smaller cutters are meant for detail cutting.  If you plan on cutting lots of fabric the bigger the better because it cuts down on time (less rotations of the blade).  Pair your rotary cutter with a cutting mat.  We talk more about these here.

Seam Ripper – Or the “unpicker” is essential.  No one’s perfect and your sewing shouldn’t have to be either, but there are times when a seam ripper comes in handy.

We recommend buying the highest quality that you can afford.  Sharpening and replacing blades will depend on your use.  You will not be disappointed when you spend the extra money for higher quality.  We recommend making sure everyone knows that if they mess with a sewers scissors (especially in regards to paper) they will be banished!

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  • 2. Darren (14 July 2017 at 6:35 p.m.)

    Don't forget the micro tip scissors and the offset curved scissors for those of us doing embroidery on our quilts!
  • 1. Cindy (14 July 2017 at 10:13 a.m.)

    This is a life-saver (well, a finger saver!) for fastening and unfastening safety pins. When you need to pin-baste a quilt, and then remove the pins later, this tool is magic:

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