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Thread: applique scissors worth it?

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    Hi Everyone, just wondering if buying the applique scissors is worth the cost or not. For $28.00 dollars, I am not sure if I would use them or what I would use them on. Your advice is appreciated!

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    I do a lot of appliqueing...I wouldn't pay that much!!! BUT, I have a pair of really tiny scissors, with fine points that I use. I applique using the freezer paper method. I trace the pattern on freezer paper, iron it onto the fabric, cut the fabric out adding 1/4" seam allowance and then turn the fabric's 1/4" under and sew. Those tiny scissors are useful for cutting into the seam line on the curves.....I don't tend to "overcut" like I do with large scissors. But for $28.00!!!! Nope - I wouldn't pay that much! My scissor cost me $3.00!!

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    I use manicure scissors for those little, precise cuts! I think the applique scissors I have seen are also called "duck billed" and they are used for cutting away fabric when you are doing "cut away" applique. You sew multiple layers of fabric and cut away different layers to get at the specific fabrics in certain areas. They keep you from cutting into the layers below the one you are trying to cut. clear as mud, huh??? Not sure which kind you are talking about for sure.

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    In my experience, the nicer the tools
    the nicer the work!! :D :D :D

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    I have a little pair of nice sharp scissors I bought at the flea market. Cost me $2.00 There was a guy there selling all sorts of scissors and stuff. Saw these little babys and figured for $2, why not? I've had them for about 10 years and they are still as sharp as ever and the guy still sells them for $2. lol
    I've seen applique scissors at Walmart for about $10...that's not a bad price.

    I don't agree with the saying...the nicer the tools, the nicer the work. You can have the not nicest tools and still have nice work...example.....cheap Singer Sewing machine vs Pfaff or Viking. Yes, the Pfaff and Viking are much nicer, but are you going to get better work out of them? Maybe on some stitches, but you can still put out some awesome work on that cheap little Singer.

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    Here are some Gingher applique scissors on sale for $18.59 http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...PRODID=prd5522 and if you use this code EDG193 when you checkout youll get 10% off. Its good for 10% off your total purchase, includes regular and sale priced items.

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    I use nail scissors (are they what you call manicure scissors?) the curve is great for cutting curves and fiddly bits. I think they cost a couple of dollars of your money! LOL

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    I use small manicure scissors, I wouldn´t (couldn´t ) pay that much for a pair of scissors.

    Your work will be just as nice with cheaper scissors, just make sure they are sharp.

    Elle

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    Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the answers, I just think I will start with the manicure scissors, (considering I already have several pair that I don't use). I will check out Joann's website that was suggested too. Right now, I would rather keep my cost down, $2 and $3.00 is more in my range. I don't really need them, but I thought they were cool.

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    Ive always used manicure scissors...they are tiny, sharp, curved and best of all cheap! Then I bought a nice pair of Ginghers applique scissors and I have to say...I love them!

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