The Free Motion Quilting Project: Famore Scissors

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Famore Scissors

Today is Feature Friday and since I'm currently setting in a college dorm room at the ungodly hour of 7:00 AM, I'm going to cheap out and show you a video from last week.

This video was at the very end of the post for Shadow Self Part 3, so I figure many of you may have missed it.

To learn more about the Famore scissors please click here.

For the longest time I believed having a pair of quality scissors didn't really matter. Of course, this was also back when I was 14 and thought purple was a perfectly respectable hair color!

The more sewing and fiber arts I did, however, the more evident it became that the super dull kitchen scissors I'd been using for years just weren't going to cut it anymore.

So I began buying better scissors, and one of the best pairs I've ever found is this pair of Famore Scissors.

What's so great about them?

- They're small at around 6" - I have fairly small hands and a bigger scissors are really annoying and cause a lot of fatigue if I'm going to be cutting for hours. Also the shorter blade really helps you keep good control over your cutting, as you could see in the video.

- Super sharp - The blade on these scissors can cut it all: fabric, paper, thread, fusible, you name it. The oldest pair I have is now pushing 1 1/2 years old and the blades are still wonderfully sharp and precise.

- Blunt tipped - This may seem like a silly thing to like, but it's one of the things I love about these scissors. The blunt tip allows you to clip trapunto batting away without the tip of the scissor either being hung up in the batting or piercing the fabric.

- Big, soft handles - for years I thought the only way to cut precisely was to use those teeny tiny scissors that have itsy bitsy handles and even smaller blades.

Those types of scissors really cramp my style, literally. It's so much more comfortable to use scissors that allow your fingers more than enough space to wiggle around without getting rubbed raw on the handles.

Best of all, the Famore Scissors are currently on sale at the Day Style Designs Quilt Shop. Click here to check them out right now!

But it's one thing to buy a nice pair of scissors.
It's another thing entirely to KEEP them nice.

Of course, not all quilters have a problem with this, but just case you've struggled to keep your scissors from being "borrowed" by other members of the household, here's a trick my dad used for years to his scissors from disappearing:

Take a large padlock and lock the handles together.

Keep the key where you'll remember it and enjoy years of always being able to find a pair of scissors quickly and easily.

So that's it for this Feature Friday! Now I'm off to pack my bags and head out for the first day of classes at NCQS.

Super thank you to everyone who commented about potty training yesterday. I now feel ready to tackle this again when I get home on Sunday with a totally chill attitude and loads of m&ms up my sleeve.

Let's go Quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Yes, I bought a pair of Famore scissors from you, Leah, and I do love them. I especially like the proportions of handle to scissors; some of my bigger scissors take a lot more maneuvering to ensure that I don't jab or snag material because they're so big. An added benefit to the Famore is that they are lightweight!
    Also love the sewing table. It's sturdy, doesn't shimmy or vibrate and I love the portability of it. I have recommended it to several friends. Getting the sewing surface down to where I can see it really reduces neck strain!

  2. I LOVE the idea for keeping your scissors nice. I just hide my good scissors and snap at anyone who touches them.

  3. OMG I just got home from the Quilt Symposium where you took almost all the honors for your absolutely brilliant work I am totally impressed.


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