Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman



Now that’s an odd question! Actually, chicken livers and sewing scissors have nothing in common unless you want to keep your precious tools from getting in the wrong hands!

Yup, even the Zieman boys made this major faux pas. I caught Tom giving his friend Tony a hair cut out on the front porch when they were in High School. (At least they had the good sense to commit the scissor-crime outside.) There was no sense in getting angry, the damage was already done. The solution, outsmart your family.


sewing scissors Nancy Zieman



The hint to label a box  “Chicken Livers” and store the box with its precious cargo in the freezer came from a friend, Nancy Harp from Aurora MN. Nancy, thanks for the tip. As you can see, I took your hint to heart.

By the way, the gold closing mechanism keeps the 8″ shears in the locked position. This is a spring-tension version of the Gingher shears. Lovely to use!


Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Gingher Scissors



More Cutting Options

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog on One Pincushion is Never Enough. The same could be said about scissors—you need more than one! Reading the responses about your pincushions, led me to gather the most-used scissors in our sewing studio.


Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Gingher Scissors



Cuts Like A Hot Knife Through Butter

Okay, I’m a little partial to this scissors trio, the Bordeaux Craft Scissors, Bordeaux Embroidery Scissors, and the Bordeaux Shears. Full disclosure—my name is on them. But I didn’t lend my name to the product without careful scrutiny and putting them through the paces.


Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Bordeaux Scissors



The scissors feel great in your hand, cut fabric with ease, and are available in three sizes: the 8″ dressmaker shears, the 6-3/4″ straight blade scissors, and 5-1/8″ embroidery scissors. Using quality tools enhances the sewing and quilting process.


Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Bordeaux Scissors



Go-To Appliqué Scissors

When it’s time to trim appliqués, the Gingher Appliqué Scissors is my go-to choice. The unique curve of the handles gives options of using it in either orientation. The key is to position the wide pelican-type shape under the fabric. Sometimes I use these scissors with the handles in the curved-up position and other times I use them in the curved-down position. The fabric and appliqué dictates what to do. Just keep the wide part of the scissors under the fabric. Don’t use with the pelican-shape in the air!


Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Gingher Scissors




Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Gingher Scissors




Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Gingher Scissors



No More Thread Tails with the Spring Tension Scissors

Sharen, one of my ace stitchers, said to me, “Don’t forget to take a photo of my favorite scissors!”


Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman




Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman



This handy little spring-action scissors is her constant companion when embroidering and quilting. The fine blades with sharp points easily get rid of unwanted thread tails.

Heirloom Scissors

I don’t know the history of this scissors, other than I found it in my grandmother’s sewing chest. It’s old and interesting. It’s around for sentimental reasons, sigh.


Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Antique Scissors



I should really clean the scissors. They’re beautiful!


Sewing Scissors Sewing Tips Nancy Zieman Gingher Scissors



Nancy's Giveaway

What’s Your Favorite Scissors?

It’s great fun reading about the notions you rely on when sewing, quilting, or embroidering. Post a comment. We’ll choose a random winner on May 16. This lucky winner will receive a Bordeaux Embroidery Scissors.


Bordeaux Embroidery Scissors by Nancy Zieman



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