Reva's Tips: A Sharp Memory to Share
One sewing tool that I have always loved collecting is scissors. The cutting out of patterns has always been my least favorite part of the sewing process. But still, I love scissors. The fascination began with my mother's pair of buttonhole scissors (A). My dad had special scissors that were specific for paper (B). My favorite part is the sound they make. Nothing sounded better than my mom cutting out a garment pattern on our dinning room table. Oh, how the blades cutting through the fabric make that "ca-rooomsh" sound (notice what I said here? My mom cutting. My mom stopped sewing when I was six but I hated to cut stuff out. She was wonderful to do that for me). Another ingenious pair, from the 1970's, were my mom's knit shears (C) that have a serrated blade that held onto those great poly knits of the day without slipping while cutting. My last pair of 'memory' scissors is a definite must have for every sewing room...a pair of pinking shears (D).
You can tell what a scissor is meant to do by its shape. If both sides of the handle are symmetrical, then they are designed to be used by holding both the scissors and the item to be cut in your hands - such as trimming or fussy cutting. Shears that are designed to cut out materials that are laying flat on a work surface (like fabric with a pattern laid out atop) have a bent handle so that that the bottom blade can slide beneath the fabric and flush to the tabletop with as little distortion as possible.
Now let's chat a minute about scissors of 2019. Thank goodness that technology had advanced. My personal favorite scissor is by Kai. The first style that I tried was a pair of dressmaker shears (H). The blades are so precise and the handle is soft and comfortable that I never went back to using the all metal styles (honestly, I find the all metal styles uncomfortable on my thumb where it rubs). From that point on I am hooked on using fabulous scissors. Remember - get the right tool for the job. Here are some of my absolute favorites.
Let's look at a specialty style of scissors, "Patchwork Scissors" (E, F, G). These scissors I purchased as a set and are perfect for knits, slippery and difficult fabrics. Their serrated blades grip onto your project and make precise cutting a breeze. In this set you see: 4 1/2" (E) great for smaller things and an all-purpose by your machine, 6" (F) my all around favorite - yes I have many of these, 8" bent handle (G). You see my mom's serrated scissors (C) pictured here as they are a predecessor of this set.
Now we will look at some that have a sharp blade and great for all around everything. My first pair of Kai's are found in this section, they are an 8" bent handle fabric shear (H).
(I) 6 1/2" Sewing Scissor - great size for multi duty
(J) 5 1/2" Curved Blade - Love these for in-the-hoop applique!!
(K) 5 1/2" Blunt Tip - helps keep from cutting into batting while trimming
(L) 5" Double Curve Embroidery - makes trimming threads from inside embroidery hoop easy
(N) This "Very Berry Set" has 8" shears, 6 1/2", 5 1/2" embroidery - Ok, I already have the same in black, but hey - they are pretty.
(O) 9" Professional Series Shears - These are the newest members to my scissor family and are fabulous! I wish I had tried them sooner (and I thought the others were great, WOW!!)! These have a carbon blade that is sharper and keeps it's cutting edge longer and is so precise (it's like the Rolls Royce of scissors). Like all the other's shown, they cut clear to the tip and are very comfortable to use.
Talk about special scissors - here they are! The following were designed with specific uses in mind:
(P) "Awesome Armor Cosplay Snips" - Extra-long blades and spring handle make for smooth cuts on heavy or wacky materials (like foams, etc) without hand fatigue.
(Q) "Sew Super Cosplay Shears" - Long blades give clean cuts on all types of fabrics, sheer to heavy.
(R) Handi Quilter "Batting Shears" - They look crazy, but you will love these!! The bottom blade is longer than the top and there is no sharp tips. These long blades easily slide under batting and can efficiently cut without the tips snagging on the fluff. Notice how the handles have an exaggerated bend to accommodate the batting's loft.
Hmm... My real "first of all" should have been that I love scissors and yes I have quite a few. You should see the ones that I didn't photograph - ha ha.
As you see, there are many different styles of scissors available and each may have a purpose different than another. The moral of my story is, it's ok to have more than one pair. Or at least, get a few quality pairs that fit your sewing style. It will make your sewing adventure far more enjoyable.