a call for scissors — help!

23 Jan

My fabric scissors are officially kaput. Arg! Grr! So annoying, particularly given the awesome supply of fabric we’ve just had in and have still to come. It’s my fault, really. They were cheap to begin with and it seems all it took was a knock to jar the blade.

I really want to get a good pair of scissors: a pair of those heavy all-steel monsters they use to cut your yards in good fabric shops, the kind you need to get specially sharpened once a year, the kind you’ll never ever have to throw away because they are made to last — but where to get them? Said fabric shops only ever seem to sell cheap plastic-handled scissors and nothing with so much delicious heft.

This is very frustrating. I just want to sew! All I have at my disposal is a teeny pair of nail scissors — nice and sharp, but dude! Seriously! Not helpful!

If anyone out there has any advice, let me hear it!! I’m desperate for a really good pair of scissors!!


3 Responses to “a call for scissors — help!”

  1. nora 23 January 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    I bought mine in John Lewis – made in Sheffield and I like the weight and size. there is also a professional sewing supplier in Kingsland Road, Dalston called William McGee which sells authentic dressmaking scissors in varying sizes.

  2. Giselle 24 January 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    A rotary cutter is a good alternative though it doesn’t satisfy the need for nice hefty scissors! But it might be cheaper to replace a rotary blade than to try and get scissors repaired?

  3. jane 24 January 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Gah, broken scissors, that is so annoying! The orange-handled Fiskars ones you can get in places like Liberty and John Lewis and they are really good, and you can buy proper tailor’s shears in MacCulloch & Wallis just off Oxford Street near Hanover Square. Like these:


    Hope you can get stitching again soon!

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