Posted on June 27 2015
I don't know about you but it I find it difficult to find high quality dressmaking tools at a reasonable price. Scissors especially can be a nightmare.
I have been trying out two pairs of scissors from Jaycotts.
They have a long blade, 26cm, and are very sharp, enabling them to slide through the thickest of fabrics effortlessly. Because they are spring loaded and have soft grip handles they are a dream to use and hardly need any effort at all. They would be really good for anybody whose hands get tired and sore when cutting out.
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They are not expensive and being Fiskars are of the highest quality. They are suitable for left and right handed people.
I used them to cut out some Jersey fabric and they did not pucker the fabric as sometimes happens and made the job a breeze.
As you can see they fit nicely in the palm of your hand and once you have finished using them they can be safely locked until next time.
Another product I am enthusing about is again a Fiskars product from Jaycotts.
They are a small pair of scissors, very sharp, very nice to hold,for all those little jobs such as snipping threads and so on. The surprise about these is if you flip the lock the other way they become a very sturdy, efficient seam ripper. I have just used these to unpick a seam on some heavy weight fabric with ease, and they worked equally well on some cotton lawn I have been sewing.
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These are perfect because I can hang them around my neck on a lanyard and so I always have both scissors and seam ripper within easy reach.
One word about your dressmaking scissors. Never ever let anybody else use them, that includes husbands and children! And please only use them yourself for cutting fabric, nothing else, not even for cutting out your paper pattern. Paper blunts scissors and could easily make them pucker your fabric when cutting out, so hide them, and use cheaper scissors, or your old dressmaking scissors for cutting out patterns and so on, even tissue paper will blunt them!
Do look consider treating yourself with either or both of these products, I highly recommend them.