Take this pair for instance. These are designed as appliqué scissors. I don’t think I’ve ever used them for that, but I do like that curvy blade which goes underneath. I use them all the time for cutting mohair, alpaca, viscose and almost any fur fabric that I turn into teddy bears. How did I end up with 4 pair? Well, I think there’s actually 5 pair, and I’m not exactly sure how they all got here. (That’s the story I’m sticking with . . .)
Then there are these sweet little things. Years ago, a very good friend of mine who quilted had a pair of these and I gave them a try. Needless to say, now I have two pair myself. They are very good for snipping threads and believe me, I snip a lot of threads – all day long. They are petite but very sharp. I’ve nearly worn the gold finish off of one pair.
This pair is always on my desk too. They are slightly bigger than the ones above and a bit more heavy-duty. They also snip threads, clip curves, and sometimes I even use them to trim the fur on a bear face when I can’t put my hands on my favorite ones above.
My mother would always say you shouldn't use your fabric scissors to cut paper and vice versa. So, this is one pair of my designated paper scissors. Paper dolls, Victorian scrap, collage papers, newspaper clippings, gift wrap and coupons on occasion are among the innumerable things I cut with these babies.