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Old 09-02-2007, 07:18 AM
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How do you think pinking shears would work on a rag piece. I don't have a pair but do they come in different sizes; as in the zig zag look. I know they have them for kids to cut paper :?: :?: :?: :D It would sure save a lot of work. Has anyone tried this?
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:27 AM
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Hmmm I'm not sure you'd get the same effect if you used pinking shears Ruth. Those type of scissors are meant to keep the raveling to a minimum, and with a rag quilt you want it to ravel a lot so you get that nice soft line of raveldy (that's a word now. LOL) fabric. It might make a pretty edging, and that would certainly be ok to do if that's the look you want, but I think it might cut down on the ragging a bit? It would save time however!! That's the only part of making a rag quilt that I hate, cutting all those slits through three thick layers. OUCH! :D

Try it, then report back to us, and you might just become famous for coming up with a better way to make rag quilts...just remember you knew us first! :mrgreen:
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:22 PM
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I would think that using a pinking shears would HURT, HURT, HURT like heck. Your hands would suffer for sure.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:31 PM
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Pinking shears that kids use on paper are small and light, the shears you would need for fabric tend to be quite large and heavy if you have a good pair. I certainly wouldn't want to do any heavy duty cutting with them!
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:45 PM
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Pinking shears would keep your rag quilt from being a rag quilt... it wouldn't fray. You can use regular scissors, but the best are Fiscars rag snippers that are spring loaded. Much easier on your hands! Barb C
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:53 AM
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Oh, Ruth,
I have a permanent callous on my finger and thumb from using the pinking sheers on all the garments I've put together over the years. I can't even't file them off with an emory board. I started doing French seams to avoid the pain and the ugly lumps. They really hurt to try to use them, for me anyway. H even bought me some that were recommended by the fabric shop from Fiskars with the soft handles, but they drag anyway.

I'd forego that pain if you can!
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