Oct 152012
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The scissors and shears that you use are probably most responsible for the accuracy of any sewing project. There are many types and sizes available. The following are ones we feel are most essential for your sewing.

Bent-handled shears are best for cutting fabric because the blades rest flat against the cutting surface, and you don’t have to lift the fabric when cutting around the pattern. The 7- or 8-inch lengths are the most common. Left-handed models are also available.

Trimming scissors are good for trimming and clipping seams. The 6-inch length is the easiest to handle and is the most versatile trimming scissor.

Sewing and embroidery scissors have pointed blades and are good for cutting buttonholes, threads, and other small jobs. The 4- and 5-inch lengths are best.

Pinking shears cut a zig-zagged edge and are used for finishing hem edges, seams, etc. They are also great for craft projects such as scrapbooking. Never use them for cutting out the garment. Left-handed models are also available.

Scalloping shears cut a scalloped edge as opposed to a zig-zag edge and can be used for the same purpose as pinking shears. If pinking or scalloping shears become dull, it is best to return them to the manufacturer for sharpening.

The seam ripper is a handy little tool for taking out seams and removing stitches, but must be used carefully so as not to cut the fabric.

The pattern cutting board is a great piece of equipment. It opens flat to be placed on the cutting surface, to enlarge and protect it, and folds up easily for storage. It is made of lightweight cardboard and fabric can be pinned to prevent slipping. There is also a one-inch grid to help on-grain placement of the fabric.

Rotary cutter and rotary cutting mat – These aren’t necessary, but they come in handy for quick straight or curved cutting, and will go through several layers of paper or fabric, especially nice for cutting quilt squares.

Thread cutter – Wear a ring, pendant or thimble thread cutter for cutting thread without having to reach for the scissors.


Comments are very much appreciated. If you have any comments about the items I’ve listed, or if you think I’ve left out anything important, please comment below. Thanks ~Susan


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My mother used to make our clothes when we were little. I would help her thread the sewing machine needle. That was the beginning of my love for sewing. I have many memories of my mother and the projects that we created. Here's to you creating many sewing projects and some beautiful memories of your own.

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    Tip of the Day:

    Reuse your old cutting mat for cutting batting so the fibers don’t get lodged in your new mat.

    The old mat is also great for your child to build legos, play with cars, or color without ruining your carpet.

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