Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes. Aren’t you a lovely bunch? Ooh, my mood hasn’t half improved!
I thought I’d stop by to mention some of my favourite sewing scissors, these duck billed scissors that I bought here. I own four pairs of sewing scissors now, but these are my favourite. They’re applique scissors with a paddle blade. You know, I’m still never entirely sure if I’m making best use of that blade! I believe it’s meant to keep one layer of fabric away from another layer for safe trimming. For example if you wanted to grade a seam. But I never know if the duck bill blade is meant to be on the top or bottom of my cutting action!
What I DO like about these scissors are that they are very sharp, very light and extremely easy to get into the nooks and crannies of your sewing. You can do some very precise cutting. The handles curve away from the blades, so that your meaty little fingers aren’t getting in the way of your work:
I really, really recommend these things! And if any readers can give me tips on better usage, launch in.
My mum’s general household scissors are the same scissors I remember from my childhood, which puts them at 30+ years old. I don’t believe she’s ever had them sharpened and the hinge is so loose that the blades rattle when you pick them up. They can barely cut through butter, yet she insists on still using them even though I bought her new scissors a few years ago. She says she’s sentimentally attached to them. Are any of you the same? Do you have household pieces of equipment that you would never throw away? Are you attached beyond all logic to a pair of scissors?!
STOP PRESS! There are two new Pattern Pyramids here in California (with my sewing teacher, Beth) and here in New Zealand. Wendy’s giveaway is down to four patterns. Has one of the threads nearly run its course?! Beth’s giveaway includes a vintage wedding dress, underwear and utterly divine dress patterns – plus a pair of dungarees I remember from my original giveaway. Come on. Someone has to make the dungarees!