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At BurdaStyle we love sharing new things with our members. New project ideas, new patterns, new trends to love or hate. We also love sharing new techniques! From stitching button holes to inserting zippers to interfacing a collar we think having an arsenal of different techniques and tips makes your sewing life so much easier.

Fiskars & BurdaStyle want you to share a fantastic technique or tutorial with us! For the month of February Fiskars is challenging all BurdaStyle members to create and upload a great technique to our Learning section for the chance to win some awesome prizes from Fiskars!

First place will win the ultimate scissor collection and five runner-ups will receive some awesome scissor packages as well! See below for full prize details and how one lucky member can score their own scissor prize pack with our comment to win!

How to Enter:

1. Snap some step-by-step photos or take a short video (3 minutes or less) of you demonstrating your technique complete with detailed instructions (it can be anything from sewing machine techniques to hand-stitching and even high-end couture techniques)

2. Upload your technique tutorial(s) to the BurdaStyle Learning section with the words “Fiskars Unzipped” in the title between now and Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. There’s no limit to the number of tutorials you can post for the competition.

3. Double check that the email account linked to your BurdaStyle name is your primary email account. Winners will be contacted by the email provided in their account.

4. “Like” Fiskars on Facebook and post your BurdaStyle tutorial link on their Facebook page!

Six winning technique tutorials will be chosen based on quality and ease. We’re looking for techniques that have great photos or video and clear instructions for execution. Don’t be afraid to redo a technique already on the site, everyone has their own way of doing things and we want to see them all!

1st place – The Ultimate Scissor Collection:


-The Original Orange-Handled Scissors™
-Micro-Tip® Softgrip® Scissors
-Micro-Tip® Easy Action Scissors
-Easy Action Scissors
-Short Cut® Razor-edge Snip
-Folding Scissors
-Softgrip® Razor-edge Scissors

Five runners up will also score their own prize pack including a pair of Original Orange-Handled Scissors and Folding Scissors courtesy of our friends at Fiskars.


Winners will be announced in our newsletter on March 8th, 2011 so start working on those winning technique tutorials now!

Don’t have time to create a technique tutorial? Simply comment below to let us know what’s most important to you when choosing a good pair of sewing scissors and you could win your very own pair of the Original Orange-Handled Scissors and Folding Scissors from Fiskars!

This contest is open to all BurdaStyle members. For official rules, click here.

For more information follow Fiskars on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook!


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    Mar 9, 2011, 02.46 AMby keerthana Sundarkumar

    Is the contest time limit over? who is the winner? if the contest is still going on, i would like to make a new tutorial. thanks!

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    Mar 4, 2011, 05.31 AMby shereesews

    Lightweight and rust-proof are the qualities I like best in scissors!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 06.54 PMby niamhh

    The most important thing with scissors is that I don’t lose them! Bright orange ones are perfect.

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    Mar 3, 2011, 03.38 AMby paintedlady89

    When I shop for scissors, I look at the features that I need in the pair of scissors. I usually pick out the scissors that provide multiple benefits. It’s important to have the right scissors for the job or project in hand, as it makes the project a more pleasurable experience.

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    Mar 2, 2011, 02.47 PMby onia

    Fiskars are the best! I’m a lefty, and they’ve been making left-handed scissors for the likes of me for at least three decades. I really appreciate the light yet robust design, and excellent cutting qualities. The classic handle has always worked for me.

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    Mar 2, 2011, 09.31 AMby libra-s

    A great pair of sewing scissors should be sharp, and light , and easy to hold in hand.

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    Mar 2, 2011, 07.35 AMby corawoodward

    These scissors are great! I really need some!!

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    Mar 2, 2011, 04.43 AMby MarianneBR6701

    I am new to Burda. I am a Fisk-a-teer, and one of our leads, Angela, asked if any of us were entering this contest. Scissors are everything to Fisk-a-teers! Most of us have several different styles. You can just never have too many Fiskars scissors! My favorite for cutting fabric are my Donna Dewberry Limited Edition 8" Razor Edge shears. They make it a breeze to cut through any fabric. I will see what I can come up with for a tutorial if I can find some time in the next week.

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    Mar 1, 2011, 09.00 PMby alexus1325

    All of my fave scissors were lightweight but still had very strong blades, had rubber grippy stuff inside the handles and an indent on the top handle for my thumb to rest against. All those things are important to me because I can be a very vigourous cutter!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 08.25 PMby cdzoba

    The weight and feel of scissors in my hand is the most important factor to me, followed in close second by the quality of the blades/reputation of the manufacturer. No sense buying comfortable scissors that stop cutting!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 06.18 PMby gellyk

    They have to be comfortable and the blade has to be sharp.

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    Mar 1, 2011, 05.53 PMby margiwarg

    I think good blade on blade action is the most important. I like scissors that cut with ease!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 04.01 PMby dejanu

    A comfortably grip and very sharp pointy tips!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 04.01 PMby dejanu

    A comfortably grip and very sharp pointy tips!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 03.52 PMby kallers

    The most important things for me are 1) smooth action 2) durability and 3) a SHARP tip.

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    Feb 22, 2011, 07.01 PMby diane-s

    I will try to get my tutorial uploaded; but in case I don’t I’ll leave this comment to have a chance a great scissors!! I have always used Fiskars as my go-to scissors love the feel in my hand!

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    Feb 22, 2011, 03.33 PMby Makeshift123

    The most important thing about scissors for me is that they cut all along the blade, from the bottom to the tip. No point having a giant pair of scissors and only being able to make itty-bitty snips!

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    Feb 22, 2011, 02.17 AMby moizissimo

    Scissors must be comfortable to use. When I worked at a fabric store, a few of us favoured the same pair of scissors, because they were a good size, and cut well. :) We’d trade them back and forth all day!

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    Feb 21, 2011, 04.54 PMby leahfranqui

    I look for sharpness of blades, and size. I have little child-like hands, so sometimes scissors hurt my hands. I really need new scissors, in fact…

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    Feb 21, 2011, 12.37 PMby cinzia1bo

    Good scissors should be comfortable to handle, and not heavy.

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    Feb 21, 2011, 04.05 AMby karolinesworld

    I think there are two important things to decide when picking out a good pair of scissors: 1. blade- a sharp blade is nice, but if it is too sharp it can be dangerous. The best thing is a medium- sharp blade that can cut through most fabrics well and stays that sharp for a long time. 2. handles- there is almost nothing worse for a pair of scissors than to have those round finger holes that you can only fit two fingers in (if you squash them, that is). More oval- shaped ones are much more comfortable and help you control your cut much better so that you have a cleaner edge in the end.

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    Feb 21, 2011, 01.52 AMby Christi Woglemuth

    They have to be comfortable while I use them.

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    Feb 20, 2011, 08.52 PMby jennylorna

    The most important thing for me is how smoothly they cut. If they are at all stiff (especially if they are stiff to open) I get a really sore hand for days afterwards! So as sharp as possible and well oiled please!

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    Feb 20, 2011, 03.26 PMby ruthw

    First, good blades that can be resharpened easily and regularly without having to send them away somewhere. Then they have to be well-balanced in the hand and they have to have a good confortable grip. Then they have to be the right size and the blades the right shape. So shears should have a long blade that slides under the fabric, lifting it as little as possible. Finally, they absolutely must be sharp right to the point!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 07.12 PMby keerthana Sundarkumar

    To me, Scissors should be sharp & heavy, so that I don’t have to lift the scissors while i cut the fabrics. more over, it should have pointed sharp tips to cut minute things. Comfort is very important too. It should not hurt my fingers and also should be smooth, very smooth! I have an iron scissors which i love! well i have light weighted scissors too, but i use only when i don’t need much accuracy. mainly while i do some up-cycling projects.

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    Feb 18, 2011, 05.56 PMby cambra

    Scissors being sharp and free of chips is a no brainer, but I can’t stand it when my scissors are hard to open regardless of how well I take care of them!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 01.36 PMby nutmeg1

    I simply adore the Fiskars Easy Action scissors… really helps me with my carpal tunnel when I’m sewing.

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    Feb 18, 2011, 01.42 AMby cam557

    Comfort is very important!

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    Feb 17, 2011, 10.15 PMby Alexandrea Morton

    Ya, I wont be writing any tutorials…not until I can make one silly thing that fits right! I look for reviews on amazon.com and patternreview.com Luckily I inherited some decent shears, but amazon reviews helped me feel good about getting some Fiskar pinking shears last week.

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