There comes a time in a Sewist’s life when you hope no one ever asks how many lethal objects you own.
But these aren’t weapons, Officer. They’re my hobby!
Let’s continue this conversation in the interview room, shall we?
I decided to organise my scissors, from left to right, in order of acquisition.
Pinking scissors. My mum lent these to me when I began my sewing career four years ago. Hmmm, I really should give them back and buy some of my own…
Dressmaking scissors. A competitively priced John Lewis own brand pair of dressmaking shears. Good enough, they saw me through several years but they quickly began to feel a bit blunt and lightweight.
Rotary blade. Bought off eBay along with a cutting mat, these transformed my life. Terrifyingly sharp, I could also use these on my table rather than crawling around on the floor. My joints were immensely grateful!
Cath Kidston haberdashery scissors. Blunt old household scissors became frustrating when it came to cutting out paper patterns. I bought these and issued a rule. Not To Be Used For Any Task Other Than Cutting Out Patterns.
Merchant and Mills tailor shears. These were requested as a Christmas present – and what a gift! With the heft of a bar of gold (or thereabouts) and a super sharp blade, these are my prized possessions. Worth every penny – of someone else’s money.
Thread snippers – two pairs. You can never have enough of these.
Duck billed platypus. Oh no – that’s an extinct creature. I mean, duck billed applique scissors. Aimed at quilters, they’re very good for grading seams. They’re also really sharp and I find them fantastic for snipping notches.
Gingher micro-serrated scissors. Perfect for cutting out silk. Apparently. Haven’t actually used these yet, so the jury’s out!
Gingher tailor’s point scissors. Bit underwhelmed by these, if I’m honest. I mean, I already have eight other pairs of scissors!
So, if I had to boil this all down to one essential pair of scissors, which would it be? No debate – the Merchant and Mills tailor shears. They are a class act. Made from Sheffield steel, what else could you expect?
Problem is, once you discover the delights of a sharp blade, there’s no looking back. Officer, I didn’t do it….!
Do you have a pair of dressmaking blades you’d recommend?