Hello sewing friends!
We all know how important cutting tools are for sewing. What do you do when your fabric shears aren’t cutting as well as they used to? Today we’re talking about taking them to a professional sharpening and repair service.
A few months after purchasing my brand new pair of Gingher fabric shears, I accidentally dropped them on the floor. I immediately picked them up off of the floor and closed them, but I didn’t know that one of the blades had bent, so when I tried closing them, they couldn’t close all of the way and the blade got nicked. So my lovely fabric shears became unusable. You can imagine how disappointed I was!
I also have a pair of vintage pinking shears that I inherited from my mother almost a decade ago. My best guess is that this pair is somewhere from the ’50s, ’60s or ’70s. Anyway, they were not cutting very well. It was only more recently that I learned that pinking shears could even be sharpened.
We wanted to get a set of kitchen knives sharpened, and I discovered a local business that sharpens not only knives, but all different types of scissors. So I dropped my two pairs of sewing shears off and a few days later I picked them up.
The results were fantastic, they are repaired and working as if they were brand new. Now they cut like a hot knife through butter!
Efficient cutting tools are an investment, so there are many reasons why you should have them professionally sharpened:
- It is very affordable (having them sharpened/repaired is less expensive then buying a brand new pair).
- It is good for the environment (we are throwing too much away in our throw-away culture).
- It extends the life of a good pair of shears.
- It brings new life to a family heirloom.
If you don’t have a business in your area that provide these services, have no fear, mail-in sharpening services are available, too.
So have you ever had your fabric or pinking shears sharpened? What has your experience been like?
Happy weekend, everyone. Thank you for spending time here this week!