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Thread: zig-zag scissors ??????

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    Senior Member Noiseynana's Avatar
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    Ok I've lost my cotton pickin mind. What do ya call sissors that cut zig-zag ?? Any way I need to know how to sharpen them. Does anyone know what I'm talkin about? Does anyone know how to sharpen them????

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    pinking

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    Pinking shears, no I don't know how to sharpen, or I would sharpen mine...lol

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    I've temporarily sharpened mine by cutting several times thru 0000 sandpaper. Although I'm sure it's a no-no.

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    The scissors man at Hancock's advertises sharpening pinking shears. I don't know how....

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    Well what d'ya know?
    #2 (in the link mentioned above) mentions the sandpaper like I use...

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    I have tried the aluminum foil method, but it didn't work too well for me.

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    i'm going to try the tin foil option for my pinking sheers i've had them for a long time 20 yrs they are Gingher left handed and were expensive when i purchased them. thanks for the post.

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    You guys are the greatest !! I also have an antique pair of Weiss pinking shears and learned how to care for them also. Thank you to all and especially for reminding me they are Pinking shears instead of zig-zag scissors.hehehehe

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    Pinking shears.

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    Pinking shears....take them to a professional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    I've temporarily sharpened mine by cutting several times thru 0000 sandpaper. Although I'm sure it's a no-no.
    that was going to be my sugestion. and it's not a no no.

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    Anyone know why they are called "pinking" scissors?

    Is there some kind of flower called "pinks" that have sort of a jagged edge on their petals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Anyone know why they are called "pinking" scissors?

    Is there some kind of flower called "pinks" that have sort of a jagged edge on their petals?
    This is what Wikipedia has to say about that:

    The cut produced by pinking shears may have given its name to (or be derived from) the plant name pink, a flowering plant in the genus Dianthus (commonly called a carnation). The colour pink may have been named after these flowers, although the origins of the name are not definitively known. As the carnation has scalloped, or "pinked", edges to its petals, pinking shears can be thought to produce an edge similar to the flower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abdconsultant
    i'm going to try the tin foil option for my pinking sheers i've had them for a long time 20 yrs they are Gingher left handed and were expensive when i purchased them. thanks for the post.
    You can send them to Gingher fir sharpening. See their website for ino.

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    Send to Gingher. Especially if they are left handed--most people don't know how to sharpened for lefties.

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