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April 8, 2014

Cleaning scissors and shears

Clean scissors?
When did you last clean your scissors and shears? I am kinda embarrassed to say that I have never cleaned mine. I never really thought about it to be honest.

But the other day I was doing some sewing and, thus, some cutting of fabric. At one point, my shears started to feel a bit sluggish and I thought, what can I do to fix this?

What I did was wipe the blades to remove all the little particles of fabric. That actually helped quite a bit! I also put a tiny drop of (sewing machine) oil on them and now they cut smoothly again.

I have decided that from now on I am going to wipe the shears after each sewing session. I do the same with my rotary cutter. I want my cutting tools to stay sharp!

And at some point in the not too far away future I'm going to find someone who can sharpen my scissors and shears. Not completely sure what kind of place does that.

I went looking for some more tips on caring for/cleaning scissors, here's a couple of blog posts:
Crafting 101: How to Clean and Oil Your Scissors on The Zen of Making
How to Care for Sewing Scissors and Shears at The Sewing and Craft Corner

And also on the topic of scissors:
Crafting Through History: Scissors on Habitual Homebody

Do you clean your scissors regularly? Maybe you've never cleaned them?

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