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    Scissors survey...

    Do you have a brand that you are loyal to and how many pairs do you have? I'll start. I have 9 pairs of regular scissors, 1 pair of pinking shears and one pair of electric scissors.

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    Ginghers are my favorite. I have all of them they make. I also have others that are duplicates of other brands. Heaven only knows how many that is.
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    I have about 15 different pairs. I like my Ginghers the best. Have a pair of "leftie" pinking shears, Gingher 5" ones, and dressmaker (8"), a pair of tiny snips, and others I don't use much~
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    I've got about 12 pairs and by far my favorite is my 3-piece set of Kai scissors. LOVE those Kai scissors!

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    I'll have to seriously consider a recount. I think I have around 100 pairs. No, I'm not brand loyal. I have some pairs that are even better than Ginghers but they were also more expensive. Dovo, Bohin, and Solingen all make beautiful scissors. The two pairs I use the most are both Elan. They're micro serrated and really cut nice. I use the small pair for cutting out appliques because the micro serrations help cut down on edge fraying.

    I love the little colored handle scissors you find on the counter at quilt stores. They're kinda like crack, cheap and hard to resist!! I think there's around 10 pairs of those around here now.

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    I agree with Scissor Queen. You can't have too many scissors. I think I have about 30 pair and I have several pair of Gingher scissors for household use. Keeps the family from looking for the good scissors when the good scissors are already there. I like the Dovo small scissors. Karen Buckley has excellent brand of scissors. They are great for fabric. I didn't think I'd use the batting scissors but I love them. If you cut batting you won't regret getting the batting scissors.
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    I love my Ginghers! I also love my Havel' snips!

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    For all you scissor addicts ~ have you been to Silent Stitches.com to check out the one's they sell? OMG!!
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    ok. I was a casual sewer, so I have Fiskars orange-handle supposedly fabric-cutting ones - one for gardening, one for kitchen, one for the kids, one for wrapping paper, and one 'somewhat good'. One has tape around handle which means it's mine kids don't touch!

    When I started quilting last winter I bought a pair of Ginghers (because I didn't know what rotary cutters were - my one and only prior quilt had been in 1983). I have another pair of Fiskars, really nice ones which can cut thread and dogears. I have a tiny pair of embroideries with upturned nose but my thumb is too fat and gets stuck in them.

    I have been admiring Scissor Queen's avatar since I joined the board a year ago but I don't know enough about scissors and quilting to buy anything else. I would like thread-snips tho. And little scissors my thumb fits through.

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    I don't have nearly the scissors all of you have. I have around 10-15 pair. My Gingher's I inherited from my sister I don't care for. They don't cut straight and they make me work to cut fabric. I buy good quality scissors from my LQS and I have two pair of pink/dark pink scissors (don't know the brand name) and they are my favorite. I just tried using my Gingher's yesterday for cutting and they swerve to the right. I don't think it's anything I'm doing because my other scissors work fine. I do have a pair of pinking Gingher scissors but haven't used them yet. But, I have some small Gingher scissors that work really nice. I guess it's only the large pair I have trouble with. And I don't know if they need sharpening. I don't know how much my sister used them.
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    I'm sold on Ginghers. I have about 5 pairs, one I've had for about 30 years, still very sharp. Next would be Fiskars, which is what I use when I don't want to risk my Ginghers. For DH, who just uses scissors for paper or other stuff, I buy the scissors from the dollar store, to keep him away from my good scissors.
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    I'll have to go home and count! I have a lot of fiskers, and a couple of another brand I can't remember. My mom has a pair of Ginghers, and I sigh whenever I use them, they feel so nice cutting through fabric, it's like I can feel the blades melting through each individual thread. I have a pair of really sharp tipped embroidery scissors that I love, I think they are a no-name brand. Next time I buy a pair of scissors, I'm going to get a really good quality, so I'll be interested to read everyone's thoughts on their brands.

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    Great quality scissors are not as expensive now as they use to be. It was hard to find Ginghers locally in most towns a few decades ago.
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    I probably have about 10 pair.

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    I love, love, love!! my Ginghers! and I have a bunch to prove it! I guess my favorite are the 5" knife edge ones....I have them at every sewing machine I have. I also have some from when I worked at the hospital...couple pairs of those are awesome. I use them to trim up embroidery designs. And I'm going, right now, to check out the new names I've seen mentioned on here...thanks guys, you're not only fabric enablers, now you're into the hardware too?????
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    Hmmm.....when I read this I thought only of shears initially. I felt guilty because I have two pairs. You all are making me feel better!

    But...I also have a pair of small Fiskars at every machine and my ironing board. I use them for snipping threads. I think I have 5 pairs of those. I have Gingher pinking shears. I also have left handed scissors I keep for if my DIL is here. Then, of course, there are the kitchen scissors, the paper scissors and the scissors for cutting hair. I forgot my rag quilt snips!

    Hmm...I think I am around 20 pairs plus the little suture scissors that I never know where will turn up. My DIL is a surgeon and she frequently drops them off in places around the house she thinks need them!

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    I have 3. A cheapy for cutting paper, 8" Gingher and another thread snipper made by Gingher. That's it.

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    Gingher, Dovo and Fiskars are the brands I have...some by my sewing machine, some in my sewing bags, 8", 5", 3", shears, applique scissors, embroidery scissors...have a pair for everything.Most for fabric and threads, some for paper. Have never counted, but probably have at least 20 pair.

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    I have several Fiskar's and hate them. I've sharpened them and still they don't cut. I just bought a Gingher's for applique and love them so far. My pinking shears are about 100 years old (I think they were my mother's!) and are awful. I have one other, don't know what it is, but it is useless also.

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    I must say, my Ginghers are the favorites. I have about 5 pair of them...maybe 20 pair of fiskars in different sizes for different uses, all the way from nippers to snippers and everywhere inbetween. I also have a few off brands, but go back to the best and 2nd best.I did just buy a new pair of OLFA's for applique' with the 5" blades and the large finger openings. I think I really like them. They were advertised in some of the quilting magazines and I got them a lot cheaper from ebay. I also got my Gingher curved embroidery scissors from ebay. I think I have 3 pair if pinkers as well and a pair of electics and electic pinkers...don't really like either one of them, so I go back to the good old manual ones.
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    99% of my scissors/shears were purchased at dog shows strangely enough with the exception of my small thread snips. Most of them are for hair - dog hair - but even my large fabric shears came from a dog show.

    Some of mine are 44/20 (that's a brand), Dbl Duck, Millers Forge and Kikui. My sewing scissors are Minks.

    I'm going to miss showing dogs for more reasons than I loved the sport ... when I went to some of the larger shows (Louisville in March, Columbus in November, Chicago in February, Kalamazoo in May) I brought ALL my scissors and knives to the show for sharpening. Going to have to find a good sharpener.
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    I am trying to do a count in my head, hmmmmm 5 prs. of thread snips, 10 prs. of regular scissors in different degrees of sharpness ( once they get dull they go to paper scissors) 2 pair of pinking shears. I buy many brands that are not too expensive and replace them as they get dull.

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    Ginghers, shears and pinking shears. The pinking shears are on their third owners. Oh, and Ginghers appliqué scissors. Lots of the little Fiskars 'cause you can take them on planes. They are everywhere. The little ones don't get sharpened, but the shears both do, but only about every other year. They haven't been sharpened now, because I moved and didn't know where to take them.
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    When you choose scissors for cutting fabric, look for ones labeled "micro serrated". The tiny serrations grip the fabric so it doesn't move as the scissors are cutting. I know certain brands like Kai, Elan, and the Karen Kay Buckley scissors are micro-serrated.

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    I have many different scissors that I use. I bought the Karen Kay Buckley micro-serrated which are very sharp but do not have sharp points but blunt points. They do cut great for straight cutting but not appliques and turning corners or curves because of the blunt points (inmho)... I don't recommend them unless you are going to do short, straight cuts. I use my Ginghers mostly...

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