We've been looking at sewing tools recently and asking if you can get better sewing results, save time in the sewing room or just have more fun if you spend more money. Covered so far:
Today I'm looking at another sewing essential and something you use in every single sewing and fabric project – our sewing scissors or shears. Is this an area where you get what you pay for? Can a budget set of sewing scissors do just fine for most of us?
I bought my first pair of sewing scissors at my local sewing shop. Knowing how important this is for the sewing room, I bought their most expensive pair at about $35, probably worth less than $10 if I bought them in the US! They aren't any particular brand, just came in plain packaging. They've done me pretty well although there is a bit of rust on them now, and it looks as though they should have a good clean too! (Ashamed…)
I do notice however when I try to clip into thick seam allowances, the fabric just bends instead of cutting sometimes. They aren't very sharp on the tips, so a new pair was in order. It's just not worth trying to find someone on the island to sharpen them. This is one place I don't think you want to skimp, but it's not really necessary to go top of the range unless you want to.
When it comes to sewing scissors, the top of the range can be very pricey indeed – designer limited edition scissors no less!
A good pair of scissors should last you many years, and can even be resharpened later on, so it may be better to spend now for a nice set, than to buy a budget pair and only have to replace them within a few years like mine.
Just as I was mulling over which ones to buy, I went to the Sewing Holiday event in the US and in my goodie bag – a pair of KAI Scissors. Hallelujah! So I was able to upgrade to some very nice quality sewing scissors for (sort of) free. I have the Kai 5210 with an 8-inch length. Highly recommended. You can get them at Amazon USA and Amazon UK.
Is it worth the upgrade? Unreservedly YES. These scissors cut through fabric like a hot knife through soft butter. These are so nice that I actually put them back in the packaging at the end of each day. It also helps to prevent unwanted or ‘accidental' use by any other household member who is looking to cut mosquito netting again or use them to strip wire. (Yes Nigel I mean you.)
They might look similar, but the Kai scissors are far better than my originals ever were.
Other Scissors you might consider that have a very good reputation are Ginghers. They do a standard range but also a very popular designer range too. I've seen some ‘collectible' Ginghers on sale at $200-250, so if that's in your budget, enjoy! You can get all sorts of fun designs on the handles as well as a smart-looking shiny gold-handled pair too.
I've never used any so I can't comment on them personally, but I do see in our chat group that members are delighted with theirs. On sale on Amazon of course.
So tell me about your sewing scissors. Do you still have your original pair? What brand do you love? Have you ever had them sharpened?