Scissors Sharpened - Caring For Your Scissors
Your fabric scissors are a prized possession, so be sure to treat them that way. Follow these tips to keep your scissors in tip-top shape, so they are sharp and ready for you to use at all times!
Taking care of your scissors
1. Avoid moisture
Ironing and sewing go hand in hand, but irons usually have water in them so we can steam as we press, and moisture is not good for your scissors. Avoid setting your scissors on your ironing board, as your board will retain the moisture from the steam a lot longer than you may think.
2. Cut fabric only!
It’s tempting to reach for your closest pair of scissors when you need to cut something, but you should reserve your good fabric scissors for only cutting fabric, thread, and ribbons without wire.
3. Keep a spare pair handy
Have an alternate pair of scissors on hand for cutting wired ribbon, patterns, fusible interfacing, and other things that might damage your fabric scissors.
4. Keep them sharp
Have your scissors sharpened regularly by a professional knife sharpener. This is usually not DIY project, if you damage the blades there is little chance they can be repaired. You can have your scissors sharpened at Georgia Sewing & Quilting, or if you have Gingher scissors, try their mail-order sharpening service.
5. Wipe them clean
Lint can get caught in the mechanism of scissors, so wipe them down frequently with a dry soft cloth, like muslin, to keep the blades free of lint and other fabric fuzz.
6. Always avoid pins!
When you pin your fabrics together or to a pattern, be sure to keep your pins away from your scissors so you do not accidentally cut over a pin while cutting the fabric. Using pins with a ball on the end will help you spot them along the way.
7. Don’t drop them!
Dropping your scissors can knock the blades out of alignment, even if dropped on carpet, but especially if dropped on wood or concrete floors. So do your best to keep them on the cutting table or in safe storage at all times.
8. Keep the case closed
Many good scissors come with a case or sleeve to keep your scissors safe and protected when not in use, so use the case at all times to keep the blades clean and free from dust. You may even want to make a scissors case for your dedicated fabric scissors.
9. Make a worthy investment
All-metal scissors can be a costly investment, but a quality pair will cut better, last longer, and can be sharpened over and over again. Plastic is nearly impossible to repair if broken, so scissors with plastic handles will never last as long as those made of quality metal.
10. Cut at the right spot
When you cut thin fabrics and small areas like notches, use the tips of the scissors, but when you cut thick and heavy fabrics, switch to the part of the scissors where the two blades separate near the joint with the screw. Cutting heavy fabric with the tips can possibly pull the blades out of alignment.