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If I could have only one pair of scissors . . .

Duck Bill Scissors

Applique Scissors

Most sewing enthusiasts have numerous scissors. It’s always nice to have a pair handy to snip those stray threads when needed and they don’t need to be fancy or expensive to do that.

When I have some little thing to snip in the sewing room, I’ve noticed that I usually reach for the same pair of scissors time and time again. They are high quality, very sharp, and a handy design. These scissors are often called “duck bill”  or applique scissors due to the design. They are well suited for grading seams (where one fabric edge is trimmed closer than another) as the bill slides between the layers of the sewn seam allowance and makes it easier to trim just one layer of fabric at a time.

While these scissors work fabulously for this purpose, I find that I also grab them when cutting threads from my project because of the bent handle, they trim flush without nicking the fabric.

Interestingly, while watching sewing programs, I’ve noticed that many of the presenters reach for those same scissors when trimming threads on camera.

While the blades are obviously not long enough to be suitable for cutting out pattern pieces, these scissors cut right to the very end of the blades, making accuracy easy. I use them for snipping straight notch markings less than 1/4″ deep in my pattern pieces after cutting them out too. They are excellent for that purpose as well as many others.

I guess I’m not the only one who loves these scissors!

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