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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Scissors for machine embroidered applique ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Scissors for machine embroidered applique
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Date: 12/4/06 2:03 PM

I have been using my stork scissors, but I just can't get in close enough to get all the little threads.
They must be tiny and very sharp, I would imagine.
If you have a pair you routinely use with applique done by embroidery machine will you please share the brand/model with me?

TIA!
Jen

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Date: 12/4/06 2:08 PM

Jen,

I don't machine embroider, but I do know there are a style of scissors called "applique scissors". Maybe they are for this purpose? I believe the top brands carry this style (Gingher, etc.)

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Date: 12/4/06 3:31 PM

I think what you probably want are called duckbill scissors. I don't have these myself but they are on my list of things to buy one of these days. They have one wide blade that makes it harder to cut where you don't want to.

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Date: 12/4/06 5:56 PM

My favorite scissors for trimming machine applique are actually little "snips"...they have a spring handle so no matter how you pick them up they're ready to use, and no hand strain! They come in both curved and straight- I prefer straight. I have them in both expensive ($20.) and cheap (maybe $5.) and honestly can't tell the difference. One other hint is to hold the excess fabric that you're trimming taut- you'll get a closer cut. I'll try to post an online link so that you can see them....

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Date: 12/5/06 1:01 AM

Well, I didn't find an example of these online except for Havel's...they were $18. and I know that you can get cheaper ones. I think that I've found some at Walmart...inexpensive and good...they are small (about 4" long and very sharp points. Once again, I prefer the straight tips over the curved ones. I think that the duck bill ones are too large and awkward to use in the hoop.
HTH Judy

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Date: 12/5/06 10:52 AM

Thank you all so very much.
I wasn't sure whether I could get in close enough to snip in the hoop with the duckbill applique scissors. I just know my stork scissors aren't sharp enough.

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Date: 12/6/06 2:11 PM

Hi Jen,

I have a pair of gingher applique scissors - the duckbill type - and I love them. They are extremely sharp, curved to get into the hoop and very accurate. I have to be careful not to cut the stitches. I think I probably got it at JoAnn's with a coupon, or through the PAS Store. If you think you might not like that style, you could try a pair of the curved blade scissors, or something with offset handles. That helps a lot to be able to get into the hoop. Definitely check out that website, though, they have really great prices and although it's been a long time since I ordered from them I remember them enough to know that's where I would go again. I ordered all of my inital embroidery supplies from there and guess I haven't needed much since =)

Anyway, good luck finding something that works for you!
K

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Date: 12/15/06 8:11 AM

I ended up purchasing some inexpensive $4.00 nail trimming scissors that are curved at Walmart in the makeup aisle.
So far them seem to be doing a great job. :)
Thank you all for your helpful suggestions.

Jen

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Date: 12/15/06 2:56 PM

I have a pair of little curved blade scissors I got from Wal-mart for $5. They have been able to cut all but the very smallest jump stitches so far:). The handles are grey with small orange accents on them...

Sabrina

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