Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Can you cut it?

Nothing irritates me more than when I can't cut it. Since I use my scissors every day, they get dull pretty fast and a good sharpening service has been hard to find.

My favorite pair of scissors are lightweight steel Wiss brand that I found at a yard sale several years ago. I haven't been able to find another pair like them, so end up buying one of the two well known brands that our local fabric store carries when I need a back-up. They are cold and heavy though, and don't seem to last very long with the hard use they get from me. But....I have good news. I discovered that they sell another brand that are even lighter and sharper than my old faithfuls. Behold:

They are Clover brand, made in Japan. They are kind of expensive, but worth it if you are doing a lot of cutting of fabric. (Our fabric store offers a 40% off coupon once a month that can be used on any one item in the store, so I use it when I need scissors.) I am very happy with these, but probably won't use them on linen or hemp, which seem to be very hard on blades.

These little Singer scissors are very useful for cutting thread when doing hand sewing or embroidery.

And then there are these giants that I bought at the flea market. They are useful for making long straight cuts.

And I couldn't get by without a pair of cuticle scissors that are the very best for taking seams apart.


OldBagNewTricks said...

Oh, what a great find -- I go through scissors by the dozen too. Those bifgty little Japanese pair are very cool. I love that you found your favorite pair at a yard sale. Such a treasure!

caro said...

i love the way you cut out the words in fabric, fun post to read!