Wednesday, August 5, 2009

all about scissors

Most of us have been using scissors since kindergarten or before, and if you’re a tailor, you definitely have a pair of scissors in your tool box. But did you ever stop to wonder why there are so many scissors on the market and what the differences are? Let’s take a look at the different kinds of scissors and why you might want one over the other.

Scissors are hand operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades connected in such a way that the sharpened edges slide against each other. Scissors are used for cutting various thin materials, such as paper, cardboard, metal foil, thin plastic, cloth, rope and wire. Scissors can also be used to cut fabrics, hair and food. Scissors and shears exist in a wide variety of forms depending on their intended uses. Children's scissors, used only on paper, have dull blades to ensure safety. Scissors used to cut hair or fabric must be much sharper. The largest shears used to cut metal or to trim shrubs must have very strong, sharp blades.

Specialized scissors include sewing scissors, which often have one sharp point and one blunt point for intricate cutting of fabric, and nail scissors, which have curved blades for cutting fingernails and toenails. A good pair of sewing scissors is a pleasure to use. A bad pair of sewing scissors is miserable and ineffective. Scissors are fundamental to sewing, so take the time to get the good kind.
Protect your sewing scissors. Never use them to cut paper, except for the thin tissue that sewing patterns are made from. Keep them in your sewing kit, away from children who might try to use them for craft projects. Use a permanent marker to write on the sides "fabric only" so that you and your family can easily tell the difference. Have separate scissors available for cutting paper. Don't use good fabric scissors to cut paper or anything besides fabric. Paper dulls scissors very quickly. Please and don't drop your scissors. it will make your scissors not sharp as before.
Scissors can be sharpened. If you know how to use a whetstone, you can do it yourself. Otherwise, ask the manufacturer if they will sharpen scissors or ask knife sharpeners in your area if they can do it. Not all will.

Consider having a couple of different pairs of scissors for different tasks. Embroidery scissors and tailor's shears perform different tasks well.Get left-handed scissors if you are left-handed. It is worth the extra effort to find them. (source: WIKIPEDIA)
I am using the above scissors for my beading work.

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