How Good Scissors Changed My Sewing Life

It's amazing how a good pair of scissors can change your sewing life. I invested in a nice pair a few months back, and have not regretted it for one minute. It's been a godsend when cutting out pattern pieces and fabric.

Scissors have a tendency to
disappear at my house.

In my house, scissors have a habit of walking off, finding places to hide, and not turning up for months on end. My husband and I bought a big package of multi-use scissors, and placed the pairs in our home office, the kitchen, our junk drawer, and elsewhere. 

But slowly, the scissors disappeared. We'd use a pair to trim the dogs' fur and forget to put them back. A pair would end up outside for yard work and never return. Scissors never seemed to be handy when needed.

When it came to sewing, I'd scour the house and find what scissors I could. Inevitably they were dull, had remnants of whatever chore they were used for last, or simply were hiding that day.

I reached the point a few months back when cutting out a bib pattern where the scissors just wouldn't cut through the fabric. The blades were too dull. That was it-it was time for a pair of real fabric scissors.

I brought home a nice new pair from the fabric store, and voila, scissors that cut! Not only did they slice through fabric with ease, they felt so good in my hand, and it took less time to cut things out as I wasn't battling a shoddy pair of scissors.

To prevent these scissors from walking away, I've labeled them as fabric only, and after each use, they get squirreled away in my sewing box. I don't leave them out on my sewing table as I know all about scissors and their tendency to walk off. 

Whatever you're working on, I recommend good scissors. If you need some good summer sewing project ideas, check out the patterns in the Sew Daily Shop.

My sewing life has been made much better by a nice pair of scissors. Do you have a tool or notion that you invested in and now can't live without? I can't wait to hear. 

 

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Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

23 thoughts on “How Good Scissors Changed My Sewing Life

  1. I bought good scissors many many yrs ago. My children were little and I told them if they used them they could get cut badly. They are now adults and still are afraid of these scissors. I haven’t lost them.

  2. The only way to stop a pair of scissors from wandering away is to chain it down. With a chain that can’t be cut through by said scissors….

  3. I bought a special/good pair when my now adult children were small. I told them they were not to use them as they could get cut. Today one of my daughters is leery of using afraid of getting cut.

  4. Back in 1970 I hand a crummy boyfriend who wasn’t very good at gift giving. I finally asked for a pair of good sewing scissors. He is long gone but I still have the scissors . I get them professionally sharpened every few years and they have been a great faithful tool.

  5. Back in 1970 I hand a crummy boyfriend who wasn’t very good at gift giving. I finally asked for a pair of good sewing scissors. He is long gone but I still have the scissors . I get them professionally sharpened every few years and they have been a great faithful tool.

  6. Back in 1970 I hand a crummy boyfriend who wasn’t very good at gift giving. I finally asked for a pair of good sewing scissors. He is long gone but I still have the scissors . I get them professionally sharpened every few years and they have been a great faithful tool.

  7. I just invested in a pair of Fiskars Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears and they made the difference between my getting started on a large heavy drapery project and staying paralyzed with fear of cutting through all that fabric. I may not need that much heavy duty cutting often, but when I do…you’re right–having a good pair of shears can make all the difference.

  8. My Mom after having more than a few scissors ruined kept her good sewing scissors between the mattress and box spring so the five of us would not use them on whatever. I did the same when my kids were young and I still have the the Hoffritz regular and pinking shear I bought over 40 years ago.

  9. I love good scissors so much I collect them. Many different companies and sizes. My mom sewed and taught me the value of a good pair of fabric shears as a child. She said back some 60 years ago, her good scissors are only for fabric. Nothing else. Of course being a child, I would sneak and use her pinking shears to make my paper projects pretty. And of course she would know because the pinking shears were always dull and would not cut through her fabric.

  10. I am a Long-Arm quilter and I use 93″ width rolls of batting, After trying to cut a piece of batting off the roll I realized I needed a different pair of scissors. I purchased special BIG scissors for batting and I call these my Power scissors! I grab those and I feel powerful! They glide through that batting like butter … no catching, no snagging. It’s a quilty thing …

  11. I have quite a number of good scissors for sewing, embroidery, etc. When My daughter was younger, I tied a ribbon on all my sewing scissors. She and her father could only use the ones without ribbons. I still do the same thing today to keep my husband from using them. However, now I have a sewing room, so they pretty much stay in there with the ribbons on them.

  12. I have quite a number of good scissors for sewing, embroidery, etc. When My daughter was younger, I tied a ribbon on all my sewing scissors. She and her father could only use the ones without ribbons. I still do the same thing today to keep my husband from using them. However, now I have a sewing room, so they pretty much stay in there with the ribbons on them.

  13. Before we could walk, we learned not to mess with our mom’s sewing scissors. And don’t even think of cutting paper with them. To this day, I still use her very sharp sewing scissors and even my Grandchildren know not to mess with them.

  14. Shortly after I married my DH, I caught our daughter with my only and good pair of sewing scissors and threw such a freeked-out-fit that I never had a problem with them being searched for again. Now after my mother’s passing, I treasure both her pair of pinking shears and my grandmother’s pair. They always will remind me of their talents. I am thankful that they taught me and started me in such a rewarding “past-time”.

  15. Shortly after I married my DH, I caught our daughter with my only and good pair of sewing scissors and threw such a freeked-out-fit that I never had a problem with them being searched for again. Now after my mother’s passing, I treasure both her pair of pinking shears and my grandmother’s pair. They always will remind me of their talents. I am thankful that they taught me and started me in such a rewarding “past-time”.

  16. I just hit the big 6-0 this year and for the past few my ‘thumbsticks’ (you know, the part of your thumb that looks like a drumstick) have hurt from arthritis. This Christmas my husband gave me the gift of my requested Fiskar’s Softtouch scissors and what a difference! Pain free cutting! I highly recommend them. Fortunately, I have trained my family and all my scissors and cutting tools are hanging or stored in my sewing room and NO ONE touches them. But early on I had to be the scissor Nazi to make sure they weren’t used to, say, cut linoleum or other non-fabric entity. Keep on drilling it into the family that these are your ‘tools’ and no one touches your tools!

  17. How could you bear to use scissors on fabric that had been used on goodness knows what else? I have several pairs of sewing-room scissors, kitchen scissors (only used for opening packets and therefore clean), and of course general use scissors.

  18. The other hint I have on sewing scissors is to mark them somehow so you and others know they are yours. I teach sewing and they used to somehow walk away. Then I tied red thread to one of the finger holes and now, they never disappear after class!

  19. From the time that I was a little girl, I knew that there were sewing scissors that were only to be used for that purpose. As a result, when I grew up, I followed the same pattern. I have 2 pair of “good” scissors and woe betide anyone who tried to use them for anything else.

  20. Make sure you hide them WELL. I learned the hard way when my son gave my good fabric scissors to his cousin to cut his steel guitar strings. Ouch!

  21. As a beginning quilter I have been introduced to the joys of rotary cutters. For cutting out small pieces, these are so much easier and accurate than scissors. But you do need a cutting mat to use with them.

  22. I have invested in good sewing scissors for my various projects, and they stay in my sewing station. When you pay a goodly sum on a tool, I have found you tend to take better care of it. I also have a peg-board behind my sewing machine where I hang my various scissors, with my thread snipping scissors on a retractable badge cord so it is ALWAYS where I need it, and I never place it down while I’m working and lose it under piles of fabric. BUT even with my garment sewing, I tend to lean heavy on my rotary cutters, and invested in a Martelli cutter and mats (have a lrg. mat and the round about cutting + iron pad)…and straight edges/squares etc. I’m hooked! Those are my fave. investments next to my machines and fabric.

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