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Date: 1/5/12 4:33 PM

I had a pair of electric scissors when I first started sewing when I was 14 and loved them. Well, I don't know what happened to them. I purchased a pair of Singer battery operated ones from Joann's and what a POS! They snag even the thinnest fabric and won't even touch going through something like corduroy. I am taking them back! I saw some electric ones on Ebay and wonder what a good brand is? I have carpel tunnel so I would love to get a good pair.

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Date: 1/5/12 5:08 PM

I bought some "My T Fine" scissors at Hancock's and have been pleased, but they wouldn't be good for cutting vinyl or batting, etc.

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Date: 1/5/12 5:43 PM

Thanks for bringing this up! Sorry I can't offer suggestions, but I'm *very* interested in any responses you get since I have been contemplating electric scissors for the same reason. Thanks for the heads up on the Singers, I'll avoid them. I'm concerned whether electric scissors will cut well enough in and around small areas of fabric for clothing, or if they're only good at straight lines like for quilting. I hope you get a lot of responses....and sorry to hear about your CT, I just went through the surgeries.

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Date: 1/5/12 6:00 PM

There have been good reviews of Black & Decker, and another brand which I can't recall right now. IIRC the best place for the Black & Decker was the hardware store.

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Date: 1/5/12 8:14 PM

The pair I had when I was a teen was small and chunky looking but they worked well but wouldn't fit my hand well this day and age. My hand gets to hurting using scissors and I hate the rotary cutters.

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Date: 1/5/12 8:47 PM

Igot into useing electric scissors a couple months ago, i have a pair of sears brand that plug in the wall, vintage looking, work really well, but sounds like they struggle with denim. I now have the black & decker battery powered scissors. I love them, and they were a birthday present from my wife. Ive cut everything from silk type polyester fabric to upholstery vinyl with them and they work great. Starting to get dull after about 2 months of use and i do use them a lot, but they still cut ok. Maybe i should try and sharpen them. No luck on finding replacement blades so far either.

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Date: 1/5/12 11:30 PM

I reviewed both the MyTFine and Black and Decker a few yrs ago on PR. I still have both. The MyTFine is lighterweight and useful for thinner fabrics and tight curves. I use the B and D the most, and it handles thick fabrics easily.
After a few years of use, the blades were grabbing fabric and getting dull. It took a lot of searching, but I found a shop that sharpens commercial blades (for businesses, meat processors, etc.), and was able to get them sharp again.
I have arthritis and CTS and rarely use a traditional pair of scissors to cut out patterns.

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Date: 1/6/12 0:30 AM

Thanks for the info. I have two pairs of B and D scissors that say you need an attachment for fabric. I used both until they started grabbing fabric and was unable to find more when I researched online a few years ago. I'll have to check again. I have a pair of Singer scissors but can't remember if I've ever used them or if they even work. I have had hand surgery on my right hand and need it on my left (cutting hand).

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Date: 1/6/12 1:31 AM

BrianSews had a post a while back about electric scissors: BrianSews

I wanted to try them out, but I got a rotary cutter to start doing quilting, and I've been happy with it for all of my cutting. I sometimes think I should try the electric scissors for cutting out garments, so if anyone here tries them, I'll be interested in hearing more feedback!
-- Edited on 1/6/12 1:31 AM --

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Date: 1/7/12 12:13 PM

I love my Gingher scissors, best money can buy as far as I am concerned. Once you have a pair you will never use anything else. I have had mine for years now and never had them sharpened, but they still cut fabric like butter. Of course, I never use them for paper, just fabric. You can google them at amazon, they are cheaper now then when I bought mine. I bought mine at my local fabric store. I also have rotary cutters for quilting.

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