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Thread: Applique vs. Embroidery Scissors

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    I am cutting out really small shapes for an applique project for the INternational Round Robin - my small scissors aren't quite "cutting" it ( :lol: :wink: :lol: ) - so could someone, anyone out there help me out with the difference between applique and embroidery scissors??

    Are they the same thing and interchangable? What scissors do you use for detailed cutting??

    Thanks!

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    Hi there, I use very small but very sharp scissors. Just regular ones that I keep for my applique work. Have you put the small shapes on to your fusible material or just cutting the material. It helps with small pieces to use some steam a seam 2 ,draw your shape on to that and then iron on to the back of your material and then cut. See if that helps.

    Elle

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    I use a small, curved blade titanium scissors that are very sharp. If I am sewing interfacing on, then turning, I use a pair of bandage scissors that will not puncture my front side. I have seen some using baby nail scissors, but have never tried them myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Hi there, I use very small but very sharp scissors. Just regular ones that I keep for my applique work. Have you put the small shapes on to your fusible material or just cutting the material. It helps with small pieces to use some steam a seam 2 ,draw your shape on to that and then iron on to the back of your material and then cut. See if that helps.

    Elle
    thanks Elle - I use steam a seam in reverse! I cut out my fabric first (at least on this quilt), then stick (but not steam) to the s-a-s2, then place on the quilt and steam it on! A bit backyards, but I work better from the fabric first! I have found it easier to cut the shapes out again with the s.a.s2 on it.... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I use a small, curved blade titanium scissors that are very sharp. If I am sewing interfacing on, then turning, I use a pair of bandage scissors that will not puncture my front side. I have seen some using baby nail scissors, but have never tried them myself.
    Thanks moonpi!! I've seen that curved scissors and hopefully will get a pair with my "jo-jos" 40% off coupon!

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    My favorite scissors for applique are the blunt point ginghers.

    They are about 3 inches long and look like the old elementary school scissors with a blunt point,

    the difference is that they are very sharp, all the way to the end of the blade.

    Cost about $20

    I got mine at JoAnns when they were 1/2 price

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    Okay Steph, whatever works for you. Then it must be your scissors, Looks like your in the market for new ones.

    Elle

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    I do a lot of machine embroidery appliques and I use a curved really sharp small scissor.

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    ooooh I'm so glad you asked this one. I've been playing around with applique pieces and I'm finding that mine are too small, too big, or just plain impossible to use....I asked at our LQS where the owner is really into all types of needle arts. She suggested I use an in between size of my favorite brand, ginghers. Possibly a 6/7 inch pair.

    The ones I'm using are too small and the embroidery scissors I have also seemed small when trying to cut the larger portions of my patterns. I have not ordered them yet (not carried in the store) because my sheers are just an inch or two longer and they're too big. I feel like I don't have any control with them. When I send my sheers in for sharpening, I think I'll check the gingher site to see what they suggest. Hope this helps.

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    I have the super sharp pointed sicssors for embroidery and use them to cut small shapes. I also have a pr of the "fat lipped" applique scissors and use them on the bigger pieces. I also have the gingher shears , too, but they are usually too big for cutting out most applique shapes.

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