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Thread: Scissors..What to buy.

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    Hi
    I have a stupid question about scissors and I'm sure that
    you folks would have the answer. I'm new here and I hope that I'm in the
    right aera for this question.

    I do not sew or quilt, but I'm in love with someone who does.
    My wife is away and I would like to get her a nice pair of scissors as
    a surprise when she comes home.

    I would like to know the difference between quilters scissors and
    dressmakers scissors. I don't have a clue. Are the quilters sharper?
    Is their something different about them. I can't tell from the pictures.

    I was looking at Mundial Professional Quilters #1850 and Mundial
    dressmakers shears #1860. Both are 8 1/2" and are the same price.
    But whats the difference? Is that a good brand? Should I be looking at others?

    She uses a dinky pair of scissors that are made in China.
    She deserves better.
    I would appreciate any ideas that you folks have.
    And I thank you for your suggestions.

    Walt

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    What a sweet hubby you are! :)

    I have Kai scissors, both shears and thread snippers and I love them! The shears were a bit pricey, 99.00, but I don't regret getting them, they are a dream to cut with, like a knife through butter. :)

    Hope that helps a bit.

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    That is a cool thing to do.

    :)

    I've never had "quilting scissors so I can't compare them with what I use. My big pair of scissors are Gingher scissors. My mother bought them for me a few years ago. I like them a lot....but I don't use scissors as much as I use my rotary cutter.

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    How sweet of you. I think most quilters do use the rotary cutter for cutting patches. When sewing the top, I generally keep a small pair of embroidery scissors for clipping threads near the machine. I have the Gingher dressmaker shears for other sewing projects. After 12 years, they still cut through fabric like butter.

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    I also use Gingher and love them.

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    I put scissor information under thisthread check it out
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/15/9188.page

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    Thank you all so much. This is very helpfull.

    Now I will proceed to go crazy deciding between your suggestions.
    I never heard of Kai or Ginghers before. They look good also.

    When I was a kid my mother used a pair of Wiss scissors
    and a Singer sewing machine. This is a new era.

    I know that I'm going to buy more than one pair.
    Maybe a thread snipper also. (I never knew what they were before)

    I think that if you buy quality items, it is cheaper in the long run.
    Thanks again. I'll be checking back with you all.

    Walt

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    Here is another thought.
    She has a small plastic box that she keeps her
    sewing "stuff" in.

    I was thinking of a sewing basket of some kind.
    Are their companies that specialise in sewing baskets?
    Somthing on the small to medium side?

    Am I driving you all crazy with these questions?

    I owe you all a Pizza.

    Walt

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    We will take you up on that pizza! Do you deliver??
    I have almost every make and design of scissors made. I prefer my Fiscars ergonomically correct. They have gray padded handles. I have the 8" and the snippers. They are extremely sharp and light weight.
    If you have a Joann's near you, they carry all brands plus every sewing basket known to man.

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    My weiss scissors (shiny black handles) are my all time favorites, but have a pair of Fiscar's from ages ago that I like alot too (padded gray handles). I need them sharpened, but instead I just bought a new pair of Fiscars with my 40% coupon from Michaels and they cut like hot butter! My ginghers are too heavy (plain silver).

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