|I purchased a pair of Fiskar Left-handed pinking shears six years ago when I took up sewing.
I have used them well and hard. When I wanted to cut something harder than fabric, like the excess of a zipper, I always reached for them before my worst scissors.
I realized last week that they finally were completely dulled, and wouldn't even cleanly cut interfacing anymore..
What to do? The last time I had my lefty haircutting scissors and Gingers sharpened they came back with waving, ruined blades and I had to have them replaced.
I didn't want to risk having to pay for sharpening as well as replacement, so I was considering just buying another pair of the same pinkers.
Luckily, I ran across this tip on the seeitsewit.com forums and it works:
*To sharpen pinking shears, cut through doubled aluminum foil.
I cut through trebled aluminum foil, five times (I saw nothing to lose, and honey they were D-U-L-L!) and I have my sharpy blades back!
Now mind you, my Fiskars weren't passed down the family line and they were cheap to start.
The look on the Britex lady's face told me they were only a step up from safety scissors, but they worked then and they work again. Yay!