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MisTiF
« on: December 01, 2007 05:55:01 AM »

Hi Ladies!

I'm still a noob compared to all your wonderful talent.  I wanted to get a set of pinking shears but don't really know what brands rock!  I want something that is easy to move and doesn't require 5 people to open and close them. 

So let me know!  Why do you love your pinking shears?

Thanks so much!
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007 01:17:04 PM »

Wow! Got some hits but no advice huh?   
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007 01:54:39 PM »

Hi Ladies!



And Gentlemen  Wink... Anyway, the best scissors in the world are Ginghers. I have several pairs including pinkers and I love them all. They're kind of expensive but well worth the money as they will last a very long time if you take care of them. I've heard Mundial is a good brand too but have never tried any of thier products. Fiskars dull out really fast and I've had those plastic handles break on me. If you're thinking of buying the Ginghers you should sign up for the JoAnn Fabrics mailing list and when you get one of those 40% off coupons go and buy a pair! That's what I always do!
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2007 01:55:28 PM »

Mine belonged to my great-grandma. I ruined them as a child when I used them on paper...

I'm going to try to get them sharpened, though. No idea what the brand is.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007 02:03:44 PM »




WOOT for the guys out there too!  My apologies Smiley

I have the plastic handled Fiskars and they are already starting to dull.  Thank you very much for the respones and tomorrow I will be the happy owner of a new pair of Gingher Shears!
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2007 07:53:10 AM »

You *can* resharpen them with emery paper (guess who used her mum's on tin-foil Wink ).  It's quite a job, and you have to realign the blades afterwards - not worth the effort for cheap scissors.  Also, as this thread seems to be suggesting, keep your good pair under lock and key (maybe donate the old, blunt pair to kids/SOs to mess around with).

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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2007 04:36:04 PM »

Ginghers are excellent, my person favorite brand is Henkles, both of those and Mundial are all German brands. Frankly, the best blade steel in the world come from Germany. My kitchen knives are Henkles too : ) (thanks to whoever bought them for us as a wedding gift 9 years ago).

I got incredibly lucky and picked up a pair of Gingher pinking shears at an estate sale for $15, spent another $8 getting them sharpened. I have 3 other pairs of Henkles I spent $20, $55 and $70 respectively. The least expensive ones are my 3" embroidery scissors.

The paper thing is an old wives tale according to the guy who sharpens my scissors Smiley He says all uses dull them over time, using them for too heavy a load (like 12 layers of denim, cardboard boxes), as a box cutter, for (perish the thought!) wire or other metals will do major damage fast.

Every year I geve my hubby a cheap pair of craft scissors just to keep him from wandering near mine on the rare occasion he needs to cut something.

My children are literally not allowed to touch my scissors, mostly because I keep them very sharp. My older daughter saw me cut my hand pretty bad on my big pair once- she's afraid of them now Wink
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007 05:41:13 AM »

I just bought a new pair of Gingher pinking shears on Ebay for $9 plus $5 shipping.  I love them.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007 03:43:39 PM »

I have read several times as of late not to use pinking shears. Back in the day... hehe they were used extensively I believe to help prevent fabric edges from freying so much. I'm sayin.. it really doesn't work.

I have a pair that I have had for many years and I never use them anymore. There's just no need unless you want some kind of decorative edge on something..

I have Ginghers also and they are great but I recently purchased a pair of these
http://www.ctsusa.com/_e/Scissors_Shears/product/MUNDIAL-P1852/Mundial_Special_Edition_Quilter_s_Duo_CushionSoft_Professional_Quilters_Shears_Fine_Quilters_2PC.htm
I absolutely love them. They are razor sharp, light and cut through fairly heavy stuff. I hightly recomend them and this company for reliable products and service...

Check out their thread prices
http://www.ctsusa.com/_e/dept/01-002/Thread_50_2_T_21_130_Grams_Spun_Polyester_Sewing_Thread.htm
6000yds $2.00

Needles
http://www.ctsusa.com/_e/Household_Machine_Needles/product/ORGAN-15x1/15x1_HAx1_Organ_Needles_Sharp_Point_100pcs.htm
100 needles $11.95

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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2007 05:31:04 PM »

The paper thing is an old wives tale according to the guy who sharpens my scissors Smiley

I've wondered about the paper thing myself. I am careful about not cutting paper with my fabric scissors, because everyone I've ever heard says not to, but at the same time I've wondered what about the fibers in the paper would make them automatically more dulling than the fibers in fabric. Now it sounds like we have an expert saying there isn't.

Once I even heard a woman say not to use your good scissors to snip threads. Now that I ignored. Fabric is made of threads; how occasionally snipping a single thread would wear your scissors down faster than cutting fabric composed of thousands of woven or knit threads I can not imagine.

I have read several times as of late not to use pinking shears. Back in the day... hehe they were used extensively I believe to help prevent fabric edges from freying so much. I'm sayin.. it really doesn't work.


I agree that pinking shears do not prevent fraying on all fabric, but with fabric that is pretty firmly woven and not much prone to fraying to starting with, I think they can help. I have a robe made from a sheet that I finished the seams only with pinking and it has held up through numerous washings with no fraying.

Your saying you've read lately not to use them is intereasting, as I have the impression that they're not used as much as they used to be. Wonder why?

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Why do you love your pinking shears?

I don't love mine, but they can be useful. Sometimes if you use them to trim the seam allowance on curved seams you won't have to clip the seam to get it to lay flat. And you can use them to grade seam allowances to reduce bulk. Actually what I like best about mine is that they are mine, so I can play with them any time I want to.  Tongue (I was, understandably, not allowed to play with my grandmother's when I was a wee lass.)

Let's see, what else? For some reason, they don't seem to work at all on crinkle cotton. Not for me anyway. I've tried and it just mangles the fabric and makes the shears act as if they're all gummed up; brush the blades off and they act like new again. I don't know why.


Has anyone seen pinking shears that make curved cuts instead of zig zag cuts? I saw a photo of some in an old sewing book, but as far as I know they don't make them anymore.

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