I have three pairs of pinking shears. Two of them went on early retirement and I am hoping the third pair would not suffer the same fate.
When I was learning how to sew, my coach taught me to place the sewing pattern on the fabric, pin them together and to cut straight through the paper and fabric. It worked in class as they had shears sharpener there. With my first pair of pinking shears, I was totally ignorant of the fact that it should only be used on fabric. When it became blunt, I tried to look for a sharpener but the attempt was futile. I couldn’t find them anywhere.
So, I bought my second pair of pinking shears early this year, this time keeping it away from anything non-fabric and stuck a purple sticker on the first so I could tell them apart and use the latter for cutting anything not meant for the new pair.
To my dismay, the second pair became even more blunt than the first. I think it got really bad after cutting through the denim, cotton twill and home decor fabrics I used for my projects. I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to use it on thick fabric either. At ikea, I found a knife sharpener (the black gadget below) and tried it on my second pair. At first, I thought my problems were solved as it seemed to have worked but now it does nothing to improve the performance of the scissors. Nothing at all!
I searched the web and according to eHow.com, there are two ways of sharpening the pinking shears at home.
1) Fold a large piece of tin foil into multiple layers. Cut repeatedly through the foil, using the entire length of the blades. This will temporarily sharpen the shears.
2) Cut a sheet of sandpaper. Using the entire blades, not just the tips, make numerous long cuts. The sandpaper grain must be extra fine, or it will cause further damage.
Has anyone tried these and do they actually work? Please, please, please, help me by letting me know how you keep your pinking shears in tip-top condition? Even better, please let me know how I can resurrect the blunt ones. I really hope they can work again.
It is so frustrating to cut with blunt shears. Out of desperation, I bought my third pair (hopefully final pair) last Friday. It’s the silver one to the right hand corner. It is staying away from anything non-fabric, any medium weight fabric and the knife sharpener for sure! The question is, what then do I use for cutting medium or heavy weight fabric? I still wanna work with them…hmm…
Anyway, my silver shears came in handy yesterday as I starting cutting the pieces for my first macaron dress. I’ve learnt my lesson and this time I used my first pair of pinking shears to cut the tissue pattern out before pinning the pieces on the fabric. I’ve stitched the top portion today and would be working on the rest tomorrow. I did a fit of the top and I must say Colette pattern was super serious when it mentioned that there is very little ease in its pattern compared to commercial patterns. I’m crossing my fingers that it fits well.
More importantly, I would have to sew my first invisible zipper and am actually quite nervous about that too! Tips are welcomed!