californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia Dork
1/1/20 12:44 p.m.

Hi , its a New Year and I am going to get the old sewing machine out and make some seat covers, covers for my Ez-Ups and a bunch of other things , 

But I need some very good Scissors / Shears that will stay sharp and cut the thick fabric etc , 

Any ideas ?   and is there an Electric cutter that would also work ?

Thanks for your ideas

frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
1/1/20 1:02 p.m.

In reply to californiamilleghia :

I use Fiskers  because they stay sharp longer than most.  I will tell you that if you use Carbon fiber the Fiskers pinking shears out  last any other brand I've tried by 2 full race car bodies.  

Curtis
Curtis UltimaDork
1/1/20 1:12 p.m.

Fiskars makes great stuff for not too much money.  For upholstery you might want to invest in a rotary cutter?

$150 will get you a pretty beefy one.

Image result for rotary fabric cutter

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
1/1/20 2:26 p.m.

I like Fiskars as well, but most any fabric store should have what you need.  You'll probably want different scissors/shears for cloth upholstery than you want for leather or canvas.  Don't overlook a sharp razor knife, a straightedge and a cutting board.

tr8todd
tr8todd SuperDork
1/1/20 3:40 p.m.

Search high and low for one of those 30 or 40% off coupons for the fabric stores, and then go buy a good pair of scissors.  Only use them on fabric.  Even paper will dull them.

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory PowerDork
1/1/20 3:49 p.m.

Bandage shears will cut a penny in half (or cut off a finger)

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
1/1/20 4:36 p.m.
ebonyandivory said:

Bandage sheets will cut a penny in half (or cut off a finger)

Shears?

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
1/1/20 6:31 p.m.

I have a set of the bandage shears and they are fantastic. They have a micro serration on the blade to grip what you are cutting. Makes much more precise cuts due to the material not slipping along the blade. 

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia Dork
1/1/20 6:41 p.m.

In reply to dean1484 :

now I am really confused !

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory PowerDork
1/1/20 8:03 p.m.
stuart in mn said:
ebonyandivory said:

Bandage sheets will cut a penny in half (or cut off a finger)

Shears?

Huh, that was strange. I edited to read "shears". Sorry for the confusion.

cdowd
cdowd Dork
1/1/20 8:28 p.m.

When I did the carpet in my boat the vendor recommended and sent these.  They have been awesome for 15 years.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve MegaDork
1/1/20 9:09 p.m.

Wiss shop shears are $20 at HD, no shop should be without them. 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
1/1/20 10:33 p.m.
californiamilleghia said:

In reply to dean1484 :

now I am really confused !

Same overly aggressive auto correct got my post. 

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
1/2/20 12:52 p.m.

Had to look at the name on the scissors I use.  Fiskars.  I've done several cars and motorcycle seats out of leather, some of it rather more "jacket" than "seat" thickness.  They work great.  I have the softtouch ones with a short blade and big handle. The go through heavy leather like butter.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia Dork
1/2/20 2:09 p.m.
Dr. Hess said:

Had to look at the name on the scissors I use.  Fiskars.  I've done several cars and motorcycle seats out of leather, some of it rather more "jacket" than "seat" thickness.  They work great.  I have the softtouch ones with a short blade and big handle. The go through heavy leather like butter.

thanks , if it close can you look for a model number ?

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
1/2/20 5:01 p.m.

I don't see a model number on them, but they are very similar to these:

https://smile.amazon.com/Fiskars-Action-Quilt-Tabletop-Cutting/dp/B00VU4TKEW/

 

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