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Your scissors are some of your most important tools, and you should use a sharp pair that fit nicely in your hands. Try many different pairs before choosing one; think of it like buying a pair of shoes. Most scissors can be sharpened, so if you decide to spend a lot of money, they can last you a very long time. Some people prefer to use the less expensive scissors, they are lighter and may be easier for some, although these need to be replaced more often.

The two scissors on the left are basic all-purpose scissors. The two in the center are basic dressmaking scissors. The big ones on the far right are for cutting oak tag when making patterns, and to the right are pinking sheers, which cut in a zig-zag, which is used to keep unfinished raw edges from unraveling.

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