|Use the right scissors for the task-and keep them sharp!
Economizing on good cutting tools will show in your work. Purchase quality scissors, and have them sharpened frequently. I own several pairs of my favorite scissors, and when one gets dull I send the dull ones for sharpening and pull out a fresh pair. Buy rotary cutter blades in bulk, and change them at the first sign of dullness. Keep an extra rotary cutter handle, and mount dulled blades on it for paper cutting. -Kenneth D. King
I teach a lot, and I'm always amazed at the lousy scissors people use. Not only are bad scissors tiring to use, they'll shred your fabric, and that diminishes your results. It's not a huge investment, and I recommend only three pairs: a very sharp 4-inch embroidery scissor with large finger holes; 5-inch tailor's points (they go through just about anything); and 8-inch micro-serrated shears (they really grip fabric as you cut). Appliqué scissors are a nice addition; they're very useful for cutting close to edges without cutting into the surrounding area. -Susan Khalje
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