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Thread: Pinking Shears

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    Is there a trick to cutting with pinking shears? I have an old one from my mom and a new one and I have a lot of trouble cutting with either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter
    Is there a trick to cutting with pinking shears? I have an old one from my mom and a new one and I have a lot of trouble cutting with either!
    I never cared for them! Thankfully I don't see any reason to use them now. And if I do, there's always the rotary blade that gives the pinked edge!

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    I have always had a hard time cutting even with a new pair.

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    I can relate, get yourself a rotary one, soooooo much eaiser.

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    Unless they are VERY sharp they do not cut well. Old ones may need sharpening and new ones that really are sharp are very, very expensive.

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    I love mine... I freq use them... Quality is everything concerning pinking sheers......
    I use mine when I am sewing fashion items or fabric that might easily ravel.

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    Slow and steady pressure, I found to be best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter
    Is there a trick to cutting with pinking shears? I have an old one from my mom and a new one and I have a lot of trouble cutting with either!
    I never cared for them! Thankfully I don't see any reason to use them now. And if I do, there's always the rotary blade that gives the pinked edge!
    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    not more than 2 layers of fabric- one layer if it is a thick fabric-
    i love my pinking shears- they cut great- but you need to get the hang of it-
    they are good for cutting the edges of fabrics that are (stringy-fraying) they will keep that from happening.

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    The best pinking shears I've ever used are the $10 (approx) ones at Hobby Lobby. Others are too stiff or too large and heavy for my small hands.

    I make latch hook rugs using fabric. I hand cut every bit of fabric (tons and tons). The Hobby Lobby pinking shears last and cut beautifully.

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    Cut one layer of fabric at a time. I have also found that if the fabric has a soft hand, like flannel, it's hard to cut. Crisper, starched fabric is easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Cut one layer of fabric at a time. I have also found that if the fabric has a soft hand, like flannel, it's hard to cut. Crisper, starched fabric is easier.
    This is my experience too. I do have one pair that does cut felt well, but only one layer at a time.

    Pat

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    Mine are made by "Singer" and I have had them for years! I love them and they still cut really well but don't use them that often any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter
    Is there a trick to cutting with pinking shears? I have an old one from my mom and a new one and I have a lot of trouble cutting with either!
    The scissors probably just need sharpening. You can only cut 1-2 layers of fabric with pinking shears.

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    Make sure you have either right or left handed shears- I got some lefties once and it's impossible for a rightie to use them.
    Cheryl

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    I like mine, but they are very sharp. When I bought them I made sure I got a good pair even though they were quite pricey.

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    As far as I'm concerned pinking shears are useless. Sorry I can't help you.

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