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From: JustSewCrafty
Date: 10-05-2006, 04:28 PM (1 of 16)
Small Thread snippets are the way to go when sewing. They are so much more convienent that Big bulky scissors. Im sure most of you have these, but if you don't they are cheap and well worth your buck.

May your bobbin always be full-
"Sewing is the new black"
User: JustSewCrafty
Member since: 10-04-2006
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 10-05-2006, 04:48 PM (2 of 16)
Good to know. I've been making do for way too long. I picked out a pair of Gingher's that is ideal for clipping and notching in seam allowances, since I do a lot of that. I really should have dropped the hint weeks ago since I have a birthday coming up! The Gingher site has a Scissors Selector, which helps you figure out which tool is best for your purposes:
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From: pucktricks
Date: 10-05-2006, 07:04 PM (3 of 16)
I agree about thread snippets. They are the coolest thing.

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From: DorothyL
Date: 10-05-2006, 10:27 PM (4 of 16)
I use stork scissors. I use them instead of a seam ripper too. You have a lot more control and can say "I haven't had to use a seam ripper in years."
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: lizzybugsmommy
Date: 10-05-2006, 10:42 PM (5 of 16)
I want a pair of those also Dorothy. My Nana has them and I love to use them.
Catherine lb_pml&cb=PW

Husbands gone fishing..... I've gone fabric shopping
User: lizzybugsmommy
Member since: 05-20-2006
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From: Bekka
Date: 10-06-2006, 02:50 PM (6 of 16)
I had a habit of "losing" my scissors when I'd go from machine to machine, so now I have a pair of snippets on a cord around my neck. Little ones are never allowed in my sewing room, so I won't hug them without thinking, and I hang them on a hook just inside the door for the next day.
User: Bekka
Member since: 07-28-2006
Total posts: 79
From: pucktricks
Date: 10-06-2006, 10:20 PM (7 of 16)
I like that idea Bekka. All of my various different kinds of scissors seem to get lost.

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From: Magot
Date: 10-07-2006, 01:00 AM (8 of 16)
I think I read on here some years ago of a lady who painted her scissors handles pink to stop her husband from appropriating them as the best scissors in the house....
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 10-07-2006, 04:58 AM (9 of 16)
Jan that don't work at my house. They use the pink ones they don't care. LOL

I have several pairs of scissors different sizes and brands all over the place. I'm sort of like Fred Sanford with the glasses he use to have. I have several pairs of glasses and scissors. I keep a pair of culinary scissors in the kitchen and play like it's used for my kitchen but it's actually for him to use as he pleases. I keep my pair for the kitchen hidden. shurrrrrrrr :bg:
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
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Member since: 06-25-2005
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From: Bekka
Date: 10-07-2006, 08:14 AM (10 of 16)
LOL, I remember those days! Then my brother bought me a great pair for Christmas one year and I went and bought another, used permenant marker to label. One for fabric one for drafting. DH used them ONCE and I told him how much they cost and if he really wanted to replace them I didn't mind. Plus having a sewing room helps, he only goes in if I'm in there. He has had to move industrial machines so many times that he has a healthy respect for my "sewing stuff". LOL
User: Bekka
Member since: 07-28-2006
Total posts: 79
From: DorothyL
Date: 10-07-2006, 10:30 AM (11 of 16)
My husband is fascinated by the rotary cutter and if he wanders into my room when I am cutting out a pattern he just stands there fascinated while I cut.
He is eyeing them for cutting pizza.
He has dulled the blades several times by grabbing one and running off to use it in an inappropriate manner. I was able to break him of that habit by telling him how much the blades cost.
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From: MariLynntex
Date: 10-07-2006, 01:37 PM (12 of 16)
One of the columns (somewhere in the archives) I did for this site was entitled ScissorHappy. In it I discussed scissors and their history and use and also the 28 or 29 pairs I had at that time. I think I still have all of them or maybe even more and I won't consider giving up a single pair! I have them all in a drawer in my sewing area except for a few pair in my bedroom and a few more in the bathroom, and in my various sewing/embroidery baskets. I love my thread snips, they are so useful! coffee2 MariLynntex
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Member since: 01-05-2006
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 10-07-2006, 04:08 PM (13 of 16)
I heard this as a tip on a sewing show sometime in the past. A woman put a combination lock thru the handles of her sissors. It prevented her family from using them without her knowledge. I think that was a neat idea & if I had a reason to, I would do it too! :bg:
TTFN from
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From: blessedmommyuv3
Date: 10-10-2006, 05:57 PM (14 of 16)
Just make sure your cord isn't too long.
I inadvertantly got myself sewn into a seam once by somehow sewing my scissors on a ribbon into my project.
The worst part was I was stuck and had no scissors to cut myself free- lol!!!
Luckily my (8 yo at the time) grabbed my dressmaker shears and freed me!! :bg:

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Member since: 05-18-2004
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-14-2006, 12:56 AM (15 of 16)
I bought a 2nd cheap rotary cutter, and now when the blades are dull or chipped on my good cutter, I use the used blade in the cheap cutter. So if hubby uses the 'blue' one, not a big deal. I use it too for cutting paper, and other stuff I wouldnt dare use the good cutter for. He's learned not to touch my sewing scissors, his mom taught him that years ago bless her heart.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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Member since: 01-21-2004
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From: mommydionne
Date: 10-18-2006, 03:30 PM (16 of 16)
I keep my "snips" on a ribbon around my neck while sewing, I'm also in love with my pelican blade scissors (got them when I was dabbling in heirloom) I have threatened all family members with death:mad: if the sewing scissors are touched. So far everyone is still around.
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Member since: 01-08-2004
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