Quilting Supplies - Scissors

When I started this little adventure of a quilt blog I went over the basic tools that you need.  We talked about scissors in the first post.  Today we are going to delve deeper into scissors, what kinds you need, what they do, and how to shop for them.  I'll also provide you a few links that may be affiliate links.  Remember affiliate links cost you nothing more but do throw a few pennies into my fabric budget.  The first thing to remember though these scissors will be for fabric only.  They can be a little pricey so you don't want to be using them on anything other than fabric or thread.  No paper, don't let the hubby borrow them, lock them away from the children if needed but they touch nothing but your fabric and sewing thread.






Scissors can have lots of names.  Some people call them shears but that makes me think of cutting wool off of sheep.  With the exception of my Havel scissors I've had all the scissors I use on a daily basis since I was in middle school.  I got them from my mom when I started doing garment construction in 4-H.  They've lasted that long.  I've had my Havel scissors for about 4 or 5 years now.  I got them as a gift from the company for starting Home Ec. with Mel.  Let me tell you I had my doubts about them.  What company ships out three pairs of scissors and wants nothing in return?  I quickly found out a company who has really good scissors and understands word of mouth advertising is worth so much more.  We'll get to those scissors in a little bit though.

Let's start with thread snips to start.  You'll use these more than anything else probably.  You don't want huge fabric scissors to cut the thread off of your sewing blocks.  These are the ones I use, well today's version of them:

 

Mine after 20 some odd years of use


Some people use a device that you can wear around your neck.  I've never used one but I remember my grandma wearing one of these.  I don't like things around my neck so it's not for me but if you do there is nothing wrong with them.  They wouldn't still be making them if there was.




I also keep a pair of small scissors next to my machine to trim off selvage edges.  I don't like my little Fiskars for that.  I use my Havel scissors that are just a little bigger than my Fiskars.




If you have a larger budget I would suggest Kai brand or Wiss brand scissors.  They are pretty pricey compared to Fiskar or Havel though.  Kai is a wonderful knife manufacture and Wiss has been in the scissors business for years.  My husband uses both of these because we got very lucky.  We bought a plastic box of scissors at a second hand store and it was loaded with very high hand scissors.




Those are the only scissors I use on a daily basis.  I do all of my fabric cutting with a rotary cutter.  I seldom cut large pieces of fabric with scissors.  Some people swear by pinking shears but to be honest I haven't used pinking shears in so long that I can't tell you where mine even are.  I have a pair, I might even have a couple but they are in a box somewhere and have been for several years.  Some people also swear by big heavy scissors.  I don't.  Full disclosure here, I have really tiny hands for an adult.  My husband refers to them as Kindergarten hands.  That might be why I don't like big scissors.  I do have one pair but they are from my garment making days.

I do want to share a few types of scissors that I shy away from and why I do.




I don't care who makes them I don't like this kind of thread snip.  Lots of companies make them and I've never found a pair I like.

Unless you are doing embroidery don't buy the embroidery scissors.  I got several pair in the box I was talking about earlier.  They are nice scissors but they don't work for what we are doing here.  They have a curve to them making them great for embroidery but not great for quilting.

If you don't have the money to buy both thread snips and a small pair of scissors then just go with the small scissors.  You can cut thread with them as well.  Remember though that these scissors will last you for a very long so they are a good investment.  You can pick up the snips when you have a little more money.  Next week we are going to talk about quilting on a budget and I'll give you some tips to pick up your supplies on the cheap if you need too.  If not I'd love for you to buy them from my Amazon links.

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About Melissa Shields

Mel is a 30 something year old quilter, attempting to balance her old school roots with today's trends. When not sewing or shopping for a new sewing machine Mel enjoys reading, reality TV, and Nascar.

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