My mom and grandmother both taught me to treat my sewing scissors as precious sewing tools. Scissors used for cutting paper, wire, cardboard, and other non-fabric items dull quickly. Dull shears will not cut fabric, but rather instead will chew the fabric, causing runs and snags in some fabric types.
The rule they taught me is to purchase the best pair you can afford, then keep them hidden so that no one will use them for non-fabric cutting.
The sewing scissors my mom uses are Gingher shears. She has had her Ginghers for as long as I can remember. Actually, I remember getting in trouble a few times when I was a child for cutting paper with them.
They really keep a sharp edge. Mom used to cut very fine sand paper with them to sharpen them, but I recommend using a scissor sharpener instead.
These are the scissors I use when I sew. As I get older, my hands don’t have the strength they once did. The spring action helps prevent hand fatigue, and makes cutting patterns and fabric much easier.
I love that I can resharpen them with the Fiskars Desktop Scissors Sharpener.
What scissors do you prefer for sewing tasks?
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