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Should I return the Ginghers I ordered?
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Date: 4/6/10 9:59 PM

Two or three weeks ago I ordered a pair of Gingher 8" bent trimmers from Cleaner Supply. They're very pretty but since getting them I've heard a number of people mention how much they love their Kai scissors. I haven't used the Gingher ones yet and still have them in the packaging, so I could return them. What do you think? I know that - like everything in sewing - recommendations will vary based on individual preferences, but I just wanted to get the opinions of the folks here.

Also, if you have Kai scissors and recommend them, which ones do you have? Are they the regular scissors or the professional ones? The professional ones are a little too expensive for me; I was thinking about the 8.5" dressmaking shears or the 9" bent handle scissors.

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Date: 4/6/10 10:43 PM

I have both Ginghers and Kai scissors. The ones I use are Kai (except for my duckbills which Kai doesn't make). Both are excellent but the Kai's are lighter weight and easy to maneuver. I have one pair of the professional shears which are lovely ... and I like my regular ones too. I think you'll enjoy either the 8.5 or the 9 inch scissors. The prices are very reasonable for the quality.

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Date: 4/7/10 1:03 AM

Like Patti, I have both Ginghers and Kai and use the Kai unless I need to use a size/type that I only have in Ginghers. You'll find that both kinds of Kai are great but, if you can swing the cost of the professional ones, you won't be sorry. I have the 9 inch. They are lightweight, strong, cut beautifully, and stay sharp for a long time.

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Date: 4/7/10 2:37 AM

I have the 8" dressmaker scissors as well as the thread nippers. I'm a lefty and was really pleased when my mom bought me these scissors from a sewing expo. At first I thought she got ripped off on the scissors but I LOVE LOVE LOVE how lightweight they are. I have heavy Wiss brand professionals and I switch between them because the Wiss ones are VERY HEAVY. My only problem is it's certainly time to get both pairs sharpened.

I guess I should've mentioned I have the Kai & Wiss. I have a pair of Ginghers as well but I find they have to be really sharp to do a nice job.
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Date: 4/7/10 9:09 AM

Like all other sewing items, you cannot have too many scissors. I would keep them.

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Date: 4/7/10 9:38 AM

Like all other sewing items, you cannot have too many scissors. I would keep them.

I really like your thinking!

Nora :)

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Date: 4/7/10 10:08 AM

I still have my first pair of Ginghers which I got for design school in 1979. I now have some Kai professionals and I really like the handle and soft smoothness. Gingher makes the best specialty scissors ie. serrated edge/ leather/ applique /thread nippers/ rotary blade and best of all the 4" tailor points.
These lighter weight Kai scissors are really nice now but haven't withstand the test of time as the Ginghers have.
You can't go wrong either way.

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Date: 4/7/10 10:14 AM

I used to think Ginghers were the "end all, be all", until I tried a pair of Kai scissors. So, I bought two pair. The bent handled shears are model #7230 and I love them. They are so sharp and lightweight. I also bought a pair of short blade (@ 1.5 inch) with big handles (it looks like Mickey Mouse ears) for trimming threads. The Kai's are my go to scissors now.

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Date: 4/7/10 10:40 AM

I kept only two three Gingher's, the serrated edge, the duckbill and the 2" curved tip trimmer.

Usually I cut fabric with my rotary cutter, but one time, I had to cut into heavy weight, heavy duty denim. I used my Kai professional shears, and it cut through that material like it was butter. It's gentle on my hands/fingers too.

One of these days, I'm going to replace my Gingher's serrated scissors with Kai's.



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Date: 4/7/10 1:13 PM

Quote: no7262
Like all other sewing items, you cannot have too many scissors. I would keep them.

I really like your thinking!


Another vote for keeping both. You will need a pair to use when your Kai's are being sharpened.

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