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Thread: help, i need another way to do this...

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    Super Member quiltedlamb07's Avatar
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    i've put together a bandana rag quilt and now it is time to snip all the lil areas to finish it. i snip for awhile then i have to stop due to it hurting my thumb with the scissors. it is 64 11x11 inch blocks so you can imagein the time i have to cut on this quilt. anyone have another easier way of doing this??

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    rag scissors - they're spring loaded and have rather small blades so cut out half the action of cutting with regular scissors. Got mine at Hobby Lobby, but think Wal-mart has some, too.

    Edited to add: Ebay has some listed too. I paid around $15 for mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    rag scissors - they're spring loaded and have rather small blades so cut out half the action of cutting with regular scissors. Got mine at Hobby Lobby, but think Wal-mart has some, too.
    Same here! But I got mine at JoAnn's.

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    There is a wonderful pair of snips that works great for this. You squeeze them like grips. I know Joanne's has them.

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    thank you so much, didnt know they had them. i will see if i can find some fast...

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    I originally bought mine for a rag quilt. They are really sharp and I find I use them a lot while quilting. They are small and very easy to use. A great investment!

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    Try these scissors by Heritage Cutlery. They are made just for cutting seams on rag quilts. They are very worth the money.

    http://jhittlesewing.com/sewing/catalog.php Look under Heritage Cutlery for rag shears. Your hands will thank you!!

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    fiskar spring loaded 'nippers'
    also...i draft help...pass out scissors to anyone sitting down and we all spread them out among us and clip/clip/clip.
    also, i started doing some of the clipping as i go along...as in...
    if i am making rows 8 blocks long, i will sew a row together, stop and clip the side (joined seams) then make the next row, clip the side seams, attach the two rows, clip the joining row...and i keep going, by the time it is all put together i only have the last joined row and around the outside and it's done...doing it that way means i do not have hours of clipping to accomplish when i really want to get it into the washer!

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    yes, ty, that is a much better way than the way i did it with waiting until the last to clip all.

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    thank you all, i went to walmart here in my town last nite and no such snips, they took out the big craft dept and i hate that. so now i will have to travel about 30 minutes to Joann's, but i am sure it will not be unfruitful nor unjoyful...SHOP !!!!. :)

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