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Thread: Cutter and scissors for gift help

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    My mom does quilts all the time and for her birthday I was thinking to get a Gingher rotary cutter, extra blades, and some scissors.

    She has a Fiskars rotary cutter already, but I read the Gingher cuts nicer and I like the idea of not having to touch the blades.

    I need help with the scissors. Which scissors are most commonly used by quilters that use rotary cutters?

    Embroidery?

    These?

    http://www.amazon.com/Gingher-Knife-...dp/B000UUABE0/


    I know her thread snips are cheap and low quality.

    Possibly some large scissors for cutting batting?

    Basically feeling guilty for using her fabric scissors for other things when I was a kid and looking for 2-3 of the most commonly used scissors that would likely be an upgrade.

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    Love my Gingher scissors :)

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    I love mine too! I have the size you mentioned and I also have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Gingher-G-8-8-...bxgy_ac_text_b

    She will enjoy either one and she'll love them both!

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    I don't know anything about the Gingher cutter, but iI love my Gingher lightweight scissors. They have black plastic handles and are much lighter than all metal ones which is a consideration as we age.

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    I have the Gingher embroidery scissors and love them for snipping thread and cutting into small corner of applique pieces. Don't know about the cutter

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    Gingher duckbill embroidery scissors.

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    Gingher comes in such pretty colors/designs too...

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    Is it possible to know which scissors are still made in Germany?

    These claim to be made in Italy
    http://www.amazon.com/Gingher-Inch-K...dp/B002PNLY0K/

    but I have seen pictures of Germany, Italy and Mexico. Is it luck of the draw or are some models only made in Germany?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Love my Gingher scissors :)
    Me, too! Although I do have 2 pairs of pink-handled Mundial scissors that are wonderful, too.

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    I would get Ginghers, can't go wrong. I have had mine for years and are still wonderful. I have different sizes of them. The middle size is good all around ones.

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    I dont know what to tell you but I am learning from this post - I a in need of good scissors also - keep us posted.

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    For our 25th anny DH gave me every style of Gingher made...that was 17 years ago and they are still wonderful! I would go with the duckbill and a good 8".

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    I love Gingher scissors, I always kept a pair of Gingher snips beside my sewing machine, I also keep a little pair of the embroidery scissors in my sewing basket for when I'm hand sewing. I've had these for a really long time and still depend on them. My DH knows not to touch anything that doesn't have a colored handle.

    I'd get a quilter these ones:
    8" Gingher scissors
    Gingher thread snips
    Clover seam ripper
    Gingher rotary cutter (from joanns- on sale)

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    I have Gingher scissors, rotary cutter and nippers. I love them all!!!

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    I really like my Gingher rotary cutter. Got mine on ebay. Brand new still in originsl packaging for a little over $20. There are lots on ebay. Just be aware that Ginghers cutters are definitely right handed or left handed. Be sure you get the right one. I have several Gingher scissors and prefer the black handled light weight ones. The dress maker ones are heavy and are overkill for quilting since I use rotary cutters almost exclusively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindasidlow
    I have several Gingher scissors and prefer the black handled light weight ones. The dress maker ones are heavy and are overkill for quilting since I use rotary cutters almost exclusively.
    Weight of scissors is much more important than brand or price. Most expensive scissors are far too heavy and 'tight' for my hands. I buy really cheap Hobby Lobby scissors and pinking shears. They last as long as any others and on the off-chance something should go wrong, toss them and buy more.

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    I love Ginghers but there is a new 'kid' that I really like, KAI. There are all sizes and even have lightweight scissors, too. I found several smaller sizes for the intricate applique that McKenna Ryan patterns require. Scissorman.com is the site I got mine at, wonderful scissors.

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    I love my Gingher scissors. They are small and have rounded tips. I bought them years ago to cut the backs of large appliqués. They are still very sharp. Years ago the best scissors were Wiss. Does anyone still use them? I have read that KAI are very good scissors. I buy cheap scissors sometimes at JA's and then throw them out when they get dull. I need to find a good scissor sharpener I guess.
    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdiane318
    I love Ginghers but there is a new 'kid' that I really like, KAI. There are all sizes and even have lightweight scissors, too. I found several smaller sizes for the intricate applique that McKenna Ryan patterns require. Scissorman.com is the site I got mine at, wonderful scissors.
    Ive heard good things about Kai also. Kaiscissors.com says they beat anyones prices plus free shipping. I think Ill get some. Also like the looks of the new Olfa large handled applique scissors. I wonder if they are serrated which I really like.

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    I was talking more about which style of scissors is most common for quilting tasks.

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    Karen Buckley's new scissors are fantastic for detail and fussy cutting.
    The batting scissors are great. They are worth every cent. I'd pay double if I lost my pair now.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!

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    I love my gingher scissors, my favorite I think are 4 inches?
    Got a second pair at my guild holiday swap. :)

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