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Thread: Pinking Shears or Pinking Rotary Blade?

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    Question Pinking Shears or Pinking Rotary Blade?

    I am in the middle of pinking the edges of some fabric before I wash them. I didn't do it the 1st time I washed some fabric . So as I am using my pinking shears (Fiskars) to do this job, my hand says to me "stop...take a break". Looked on here about pinking shears and I see some people use a pinking rotary blade.
    I have a small hand and was wondering if maybe I should purchase the pinking rotary blade to keep my hand a happy hand.
    The previous 2 WIP I did not wash the fabric...but since this one had so many different colors and fabrics from different stores (2 LQS, online fabric and Hobby Lobby), I thought I should wash the fabric. Maybe I didn't have to...but I did.


    So back to the original question...should I buy a pinking rotary blade OR is there a better Pinking shear out there?

    Thanks for any and all help you can provide to alleviate my painful hand.
    Vi
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    I do have a pinking rotary cutting blade and really like it. I did use a coupon when buying; always trying to be thrifty.
    It would be easier on the hands than scissors.

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    To keep fabs from getting ravely, just cut a orner off 1/4" on all four corners, that works for me.

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    There are some very good sharp pinking shears on the market with ergonomic handles, Fiskars is one of them. For me, when I prewash I use the pinking rotary blade for my ergonomic rotary cutter when I have a sharp one on hand, and I snip off the corners of each piece of fabric. I wash several yards of fabric at a time so running the rotary along the edges goes quickly. Next to no shredding of the fabric when washed. I don't load the washer with too many fabrics. The fabric needs to be washed and rinsed thoroughly and that cannot happen if the fabric cannot move in the machine. I have witnessed a couple of people overload the washers to save time but it doesn't really save anything because then you could be stuck pulling those fabrics apart and dealing with a tangled mess. To answer your question-if you can afford it, have both on hand as you will find both are beneficial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    To keep fabs from getting ravely, just cut a orner off 1/4" on all four corners, that works for me.
    I had never heard of just cutting 1/4" off on all four corners to prevent raveling. I thought to keep fabrics from raveling, you had to do the "pinking" job.

    I will try that on a couple of the fabrics I am going to wash with the ones I already "pinked". This will be good test.

    Thanks lynnie
    Vi

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    I sew a zigzag line along the raw edge. Works well for me.

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