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Date: 2/2/09 5:25 PM

Dear All,

I'm unsure if this is the place to put this question but Hancock Fabric is selling the My-T-Fine Electronic Scissors over V-day for $29.99. The lady at Hancock swears by them but I was curious if anyone has had any experience with them?

Here is the link: http://www.hancockfabrics.com/My-T-Fine-Cordless-Electronic-Cutter---Front-Page_stcVVproductId47580572VVcatId537258VVviewprod.htm

I only sew garments but would like to get into quilting too. I have a couple rotary cutters for that but I really hate cutting out a pattern such as a shirt or pants. Thoughts?

Matt :-)

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Date: 2/3/09 3:12 PM

I had been thinking about getting those when Joanns had them on sale and wasn't sure I would like them. I was at my senior citizen thrift shop and there were quite a few sets of vintage electric scissors from the 70s and 80s and I bought a pair for fun. My take, is if you cut longs straight lengths of fabric all day like in a fabric store they would be great. But for close accurate cutting I prefer my rotary cutter and I only cut garments and crafts..I don't quilt. I have arthritis in my thumb and if I don't use my rotary cutter, I cut with Fiskars squeeze style scissors.

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Date: 2/3/09 4:03 PM

I have a couple of vintage cordless electric scissors. I like them for cutting very fine fabric, such as lightweight silk. It slips less. I also used them when cutting out a pattern drafted from one of the pattern magic books in a mid weight jersey. The pattern was pretty large, asymmetric, cut as one huge piece. I could only lay out on the floor, and it was much easier to run round it with these. I'm hoping to get some rechargeable ones sometime if/when I see them at a price I like.

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Date: 2/3/09 4:17 PM

I have a pair, and sort of like them. They are good on fabric with body, but not good on flimsy fabric. I bought them because I have arthritus. I love my rotary cutter.

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Date: 2/3/09 5:06 PM

I bought the Black & Decker cordless scissors. I've only used them a few times, but I love them so far! For tricky areas (like tight curves), I like the control of my regular scissors, but for long straightaways - it's just great! I did buy a separate attachment (I think it's called a shoe blade) - it has a flat part that rests on the table and gives more control.
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Date: 2/3/09 5:50 PM

I have the black and decker electric scissors and I love them....That is usually all I use but will occaisionally use my regular scissors for tricky areas...I love them...they are so fast and make cutting out patterns a lot quicker and less of a hated task!!!

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 2/4/09 6:23 PM

This topic has been moved from Sewing Techniques and Tips to Patterns and Notions

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Date: 2/4/09 8:20 PM

I have the Black and Decker electric scissors with the shoe blade and I get them out anytime I'm going to cut more than one item.....these aren't as bulky as the 1970s vintage appliance I had (as I recall). When I use the B&D, I always have a small sharp scissor handy to get into the inside corners and other tight spots. Along with my Fiskar squeeze scissors, rotary cutter and a wardrobe of regular scissors in a variety of sizes...I have a full array of cutting tools. I hate to cut and bought everything on the market looking for the magic bullet that would make the process more enjoyable. My conclusion is that all of the tools have their place.

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Date: 2/4/09 9:47 PM

Have you tried the new Fiskar tiny rotary cutter -- the blade is about 3/4" across. I use it to cut out slippery fabric that tends to shift when I tried to insert a scissors blade under it. It is small enough to cut in some tight areas but you still need a pair of small, pointed scissors in a few places.

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Date: 2/4/09 11:55 PM

I have both the Hancock scissors and the Black and Decker one. The Hancock ones are lighter, have a stand, and do curves slightly better. The B&D charge lasts longer, has a safety switch, and is more powerful. Which one I use depends on what I'm cutting.
I'm glad I have them, and they are so worth the $. I have arthritis in my hands, and the electric scissors are a lifesaver. The B&D ones are $20 at Walmart or home improvement stores, but there are 2 versions, and one comes with a head that has a special guide for cutting out patterns.
I reviewed these a long time ago in the notions reviews.

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