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« on: January 04, 2008 06:29:58 PM »

I looked everywhere and I couldn't find anything to help me out. I love to work with felt. I make A LOT of felt mascots, little ones. Does anyone know that best way to cut little tiny pieces and shapes out of the felt without wanting to throw it across the room?!? Scissors don't cut it (pun intended).
i.e. a 4 inch bear with tiny eyes or buttons, or a flower
I can't cut anything that little without wanting to throw in a fire. Help!
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AGFH
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2008 09:23:49 PM »

A good sharp rotary cutter should do the trick. Just make sure you use a mat under it!
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ollieorange
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2008 07:13:22 PM »

I use REALLY sharp shears to cut my felt details.
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008 08:09:29 PM »

yup- you need better scissors Smiley

If you are using Crap uh, Craft scissors, it's time to get some good ones! Melita are very good but still affordable, personally I'm a nut & have splurged on Henkles not once but 3 times. Fiskars are fair, thier springy save-your-hands-from-getting-tired ones are quite nice. I like using little scissors for cutting little things, I have an all purpose 4" pair and 2 pair of embroidery scissors (the little tiny ones). I never use an exacto on fabric or paper because these scissors are so sharp and so precise I don't feel the need. My exactos get used on cardboard & foam.

Good scissors hold a sharp edge longer and are worth getting sharpened. Good sharpenable scissors have a screw or bolt at the junction which allows for adjustment when being sharpened, cheap craft scissors don't have this & can only be sharpened once, maybe twice. I could shave my legs with my embroidery scissors, they are that sharp!

Wal-mart & equivalents don't have any good scissors, go to a real fabric store or the knife place in the mall.That chain of knife stores have very good scissors but they aren't always up front on display, go ahead & ask:)

The last time I went in to get all my scissors sharpened I freaked out the other customers, some guys. I pulled my huge Henkles out of my bag for sharpening along with 3 other pairs & laughing said "I'm armed & dangerous!". They all looked at me in true embarrassment because they were drooling over the silly non-functional swords.
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ollieorange
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008 02:11:45 PM »

I got my henckles for only $12 (half price at Hancock)!!! And they've been great for over 5 years. Good scissors can be sharpened too.  Fiskar's are great too. They'll replace them if they break too.
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008 03:39:06 PM »

My mom still uses the pair of Henkles she bought in college- 40 years ago!
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