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Are we too careful with our scissors?!

Acorn

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2020, 13:58:57 PM »
Does that mean I was right to use a smidge of WD40 on my scissors?   ><
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Lowena

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2020, 14:02:36 PM »
I use WD 40 on everything :D........not salads though
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WildAtlanticWay

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2020, 14:23:17 PM »
I used scissors from my sewing room to open a tin of paint yesterday.

 :o

I have several pairs of expensive hairdressing scissors (£200+ each) so I’m very careful with all my scissors. DH always has to check even when using the scissors from the kitchen drawers.  ;)

HenriettaMaria

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2020, 15:52:21 PM »
Does that mean I was right to use a smidge of WD40 on my scissors?   ><

Yes, it's not edible!

Kwaaked

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2020, 16:05:53 PM »
Well, I have a pair of pattern cutting scissors that I have to sharpen twice a year due to dullness.  I also have a pair of carpet shears that I use on denim that need the same.

My regular scissors and shears get it once a year.  My tailor points go every 2, not because I don't dull them, but I have 4 pairs.

Paper and heavy fabric=dull scissors in my experience.

JudyN

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2020, 16:15:05 PM »
My mum's bread knives were never the same after my brother and I used them for making dens out of large cardboard boxes....

wrenkins

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2020, 16:38:57 PM »
 :S Did you make windows @JudyN? How very pan-loafy!  0_0
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JudyN

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2020, 17:20:36 PM »
:S Did you make windows @JudyN? How very pan-loafy!  0_0

Yup, and doors! We knew how to entertain ourselves back in those days!

Marniesews

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2020, 23:37:02 PM »
Well, I must admit I raised an alarmed eyebrow during Janet Pray's Bluprint class on Industry Secrets (or it might have been the Advanced Techniques one) when she said in 'the Industry' tailors placed the card patterns on their fabric and cut through paper and fabric together with their weighty shears. According to her it is was common practice and no harm came from it. She recommends this as a good technique for home sewers too. It was one of the titular 'secrets' she shared.

I did wonder though, how often those factories arranged a visit from the scissor sharpening man (must be missing a technical term here, cutler doesn't seem right) and had all their scissors serviced on a regular basis. If they had need of multiple pairs of scissors, this probably made commercial sense rather than having multiple pairs for different uses. I have seen people hailed as highly skilled seamstresses sewing with a great beast of a pair of scissors at their side that they seem to use for everything, including thread snips.
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Nevis5

Re: Are we too careful with our scissors?!
« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2020, 06:59:27 AM »
I'm very lucky as I'm the only left handed one in the house and all my scissors are proper left handed ones.  Years of nagging means that they know not to touch  :devil:

Luckily, when my nutty elder sister decided to trim the lawn edging WITH MY SNIPPY SCISSORS she stole the old blunt ones I use for paper.  Otherwise she may no longer be in possession of ten fingers and thumbs  :devil: