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my name is Laura. Today’s nifty notion is a sister to the pinking shears. Pinking shears give us a zig-zag when we cut. The sister to the pinking shears are scallop shears. The pinked has these very sharp points. The scalloped is more gentle. With the pinked, both sides pretty much look the same. The scalloped will have convex curves on one side and the pointy, concave curves on the other side. They have two different looks. The scallop-cut scissors are a lot of fun to use. They’ll be great for having additional designs instead of just the plain pinking shears. They still work on all sorts of fabric. It just gives us a different way to finish off the edges of our fabric, regardless if they’re going to be for decoration or the inside of our garment. A regular pair of scissors has one large blade, and that is the cutting surface. With pinked or scalloped blades, each one of these little cutouts is a knife blade. Those knife blades match up on each side. Pinking shears are a little bit more firm to push down than a regular pair of scissors. It’s because all of those little teeth need to line up with each other. As the shears close, all those little teeth and grooves need to match up in order to have a clean finish. They need to be very precise and they’re a little bit tighter in the screw area in order to keep those perfectly aligned. Scissors come in a different sizes and they’re measured by the length. Pinking shears and scalloped shears have a couple of different measurements. They’re measured by length, where “length” is the measure of the section with teeth, not the overall size of the shear. The measurement is from the first tooth to the last tooth. They’re measured by that width and they’re also measured from the middle of one tooth to the middle of the next. The main measurement will go from one of those little points, over to the next. The measurement goes from indent to indent. That space is the measurement. In this case, it’s 7mm. The pinking shears work out to be 5mm. Even though your pinking shears and your scallop shears can have measurements, a lot of times they are not sold with the measurements. You’ll find a picture that gives the exact shape. Because those scissors are a little bit stiffer than a regular pair of scissors, you can oil them. Use a good synthetic oil. You need an oil that doesn’t freeze, doesn’t gum up over time, and is nice and clean. Put just a couple of drops right in-between. That’s going to keep that joint running nice and smooth. Some scissors are put together with just a center screw. Others have a little ball joint in them. That makes the scissors a lot easier to open and close. You can also use the oil to clean your scissors. You can clean the handles of any oils from your hand and keep the blades clean from the fabric dye. This is a brand-new pair of scissors. I’ll show you a pair that belonged to my mother. These she’s had since high school, so we won’t talk about how old that is. These scissors are very, very old and they still look brand new because they’ve been well-maintained. In those days they used to come in a beautiful box to keep them nice. I do like to store this particular pair in the original container because they were my mother’s and they do have sentimental value. It is important to maintain your pinking shears and your scalloped shears. If they have sleeves, it’s really good to keep the sleeves with them so it saves any additional banging on the blades. With good maintenance, you’re going to be able to keep your pinking shears and your scalloped shears for a long, long time. I got my new pinking shears and my new scallop shears from a company called Tooltron. I’ll put a link in the description so you can check them out/ So regardless if we want to pink it or scallop it, we now have choices. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!