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A disappointing discovery.
A gingher scissors rant
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Date: 11/19/04 0:25 AM

I'm totally bummed.  I bought a new pair of 8" Gingher scissors because my husband absconded with my older pair. :mad:  Sooo.....first off, I was a bit annoyed that they didn't come in the grey "velvet" lined box, but not extremely so.  Packaging doesn't make that much difference, right?  I then started to use them on a new project and they just didn't feel, ya' know, right.  The were stiff, they didn't seem to cut quite as well and simply didn't perform like those I've owned before.  Well....I glanced at the inscription on my new pair, and low and behold, they're now made in Mexico!   I'm thinking I'm going to need to write the company and express my extreme displeasure.  How could they have done such a thing?  I mean, these are really not up to par with the German made Ginghers.  A sad imitation.

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Date: 11/19/04 0:57 AM

I agree; you should definitely write or phone or email the company.  There's some rule industry uses about each person who contacts them representing a certain number of customers who do not get in touch.  I've read that for certain products, five customer complaints constitute a HUGE groundswell of opinion.

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Date: 11/19/04 7:56 AM

WHAT???  No grey "velvet" lined box?  Geez,  I still have my box and have no plans to part with it.  LOL  Packaging is important!  That would have disappointed me too.

The quality issue is much larger though.  Yes, contact them.  I was thinking of getting another pair, but now I'm reconsidering.  Thanks for the heads up.

Cindy

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Date: 11/19/04 8:17 AM

Someone who was trying to sell me scissors recently told me this and I didn't believe him. I checked in the stores and found them labelled as made in Germany. Maybe the switch is recent and there are some German ones still around?

I had been wanting a pair after someone here said they offer sharpening services, but now I've decided to stick with buying new Fiskars every couple of years, using coupons from the craft stores.

Can you return them?

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Date: 11/19/04 9:35 AM

Lyn, a few years ago I bought a new pair with a 50% off coupon and I was disappointed in them as well. They were fine to begin with, but quickly got too tight for me to use comfortably. I planned on returning them, but I ended up dropping them in the open position on the hardwood floor.... not a good thing. They have a deep gash where the blades were crossed, so I never did return them. I have wondered if getting them sharpened and loosened would restore them. In the meantime, I have been doing what StitchMD does.

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Date: 11/19/04 9:40 AM

FYI:

Mail: Gingher, Inc., 322-D Edwardia Drive, Greensboro, NC 27409

Email: info@gingher.com

Tel: (800) 446-4437 Fax: (336) 292-6250

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Date: 11/19/04 9:46 AM

I've never had a pair of Gingher scissors, I usually use an Olfa cutter, but decided I needed something besides an old pair of Fiskars, so looked at a scissors comparison article in Threads, and was surprised to see that the "winning" scissors were Kai, which I had not heard of.  I asked for a pair of 8" shears for my birthday, and they are fabulous.  Cut like a dream, ergonomic handles, etc.  I think they were $25 and no S/H.  I'm thinking of ordering some of their pinking shears, as mine are cutting very poorly lately.  

I couldn't find the Threads article, but Kai has a page that includes the results HERE.

Here is the link to Kai Scissors.    NAYY, but I'm really happy with mine. :)

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Date: 11/19/04 9:52 AM

For those of you who want nice shears, but don't want what you are seeing in the stores...

My sister (who inspired me to come back to sewing) wanted new shears for her birthday and was very specific about what she wanted:  Kai Scissors, which were (obviously) available on the web (and didn't charge shipping on US orders! ).  So I ordered the 9-1/2 inch shears for her.  They were so nice, that I ordered a pair for myself as well.  According to their web site, they were the subject of favorable comment in a Nov. 1999 Threads article (which I haven't seen), but exerpts are reproduced at the Kai Scissors site.  (BTW, NAYY...just like the shears I got! ).

I think I remember that after I bought them I discovered that a discount would have been available based on ASG membership...oh well.

Good luck.
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Date: 11/19/04 10:19 AM

I've been wanting a pair of the Gingher serrated to cut silk charmeuse and other slippery fabrics but now I'm hesitant.  Does anyone else make these?  I didn't see them on the Kai site.

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Date: 11/19/04 10:31 AM

Same thing happened to me.  I bought some at a 30% off scissors sale at Joanns.  They are nothing like my pair which are now about 20 years old.  They look the same, but I can tell which pair I am using as soon as I pick them up.  I'll have to look and see - I bet they say Mexico too!  
Linda, I also need the serrated ones.  I am going to order them from Londa.  I'll ask her right now if hers say Mexico or Germany and I'll let you know.

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