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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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    Feb 17, 2011, 03.36 AMby kposh

    For me my Grandma and Mother always had Fiskers soo its a no brainer but I like the littler ones that have a lock on them I notice with a bigger pair I tend to make little mistakes so for me its the brand and then the size and safety feature!!!! I would love to win some fiskers I have a little one but I would love to have a set!!!! =)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 09.14 PMby MyRomanApartment

    You know how a girl can never have too many cashmere sweaters?

    I feel that way about good scissors.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 05.36 PMby marlagrace

    the best scissors cut great, are lightweight, and fit nicely in my hand.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 10.17 AMby lovemaker

    Yes, this contest is open to ALL BurdaStyle members, all around the world.görüntülü sohbet

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    Feb 16, 2011, 05.50 AMby luxihere

    Good pair of scissors are priceless! I feel the pain when use my ill-fitting, stubborn pinking shears and the ease when i use my normal cutting scissors, i can still feel the pain when my super scissors Died unnatural death due to disloyal screws!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 01.23 AMby nyphertiti

    I just uploaded a tutorial as a project in my studio yesterday. So I reloaded it under the learning link but it looks like it’s going to post again as a project. Am I duplicating? Should I delete one? I would love to enter the contest.

    Many of my scissors have little knicks in them, if I had a chance at a nice smooth cut I’d be so happy~

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      Feb 18, 2011, 03.43 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi nyphertiti,

      Yes, the tutorial has to appear as a “technique” not a “project.” You may have to delete and reupload as a technique. Sorry about that, send me an email if you any technical troubles.

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Feb 15, 2011, 09.34 PMby jenyjenny

    The most important thing to me when choosing a pair of scissors is size. They have to be the right size for the project. Of course, you hope a new pair is sharp. I have some old scissors that belonged to my grandmother; I’ve never had them sharpened and they’re still pretty sharp and the size fits my hand well.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 09.23 PMby sunintheclouds

    Nice sharp blades and handles that snuggle well into my hands. Mine have their own special box, and everyone knows not to touch my scissors. My mother in law once tried to use them to cut a piece of paper and my husband and children all launched themselves out of their chairs to stop her. Guess I’m a little protective of them ;-)

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    Feb 15, 2011, 08.49 PMby Testosterone

    Contoured handles are most important. With larger hands and thick fingers, it’s easier to cut with ergonomically contoured scissors.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 08.18 PMby Purplerachel

    A sharp cut!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 06.09 PMby aglanceatmyworld

    Comfort is very important to me! I bought a pair of pinking shears that cut great…but they rubbed my thumb raw. I ending up trading the new pinking shears for a vintage pair that was much more comfortable.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 04.04 PMby jenss-1

    Balance is important. A good pair of scissors or shears also tends to have some weight to them.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 03.48 PMby campanella

    I find it very important to have a good feeling when holding the scissors in my hand for being able to cut precisely. Also, the scissors must be of a good quality so that they can be sharpened many times.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 03.18 PMby squirrellypoo

    Wait, so I’m confused by #4 – do you have to have a FaceBook account to enter this contest?

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      Feb 16, 2011, 10.11 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey Melissa,

      If you do not have a Facebook account you will not be eliminated from the competition, but we’d love to see you all post your projects there!

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Feb 15, 2011, 01.56 PMby alicelidell

    my grandfather was a tailor, so he gave me his scissors. Both of them cut like craaazy, they’re amazing. the most important thing for me is a comfortable grip, and being able to control it while cutting.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 12.09 PMby latulipenoire

    Most important to me is a good, comfortable grip. There’s nothing worse than an aching hand after cutting out a pattern.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.29 AMby Jali Sews

    It is important to me that a good pair of scissors is the right size so that I can get good grip and control while cutting. Good blades that cut smoothly and need less frequent sharpening are important for me too.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 09.28 AMby jennif

    The most important thing when choosing the scissors is high quality.

    I have already Fiskars fabric cutting scissors and they are awesome. I have also Fiskars kitchen tools.

    Fiskars comes from Finland and so do I :)

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    Feb 15, 2011, 07.31 AMby mixtlii

    I uploaded my tutorial like 2 days ago, does that count? Pleaaase…

    I don’t know many things about good scissors as I only own one, but I think when choosing it it would have to, obviously, cut any fabric without any difficulty, and also not to be too heavy for my tiny hands!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 06.25 AMby Shira B

    Good scissors should be sharp and comfortable to handle :)

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    Feb 15, 2011, 06.12 AMby janetheclerk

    Is this competition open to members from anywhere in the world? I ask in anticipation of shipping costs of the fabulous prize.

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      Feb 15, 2011, 02.34 PMby rachelnyc

      Yes, this contest is open to ALL BurdaStyle members, all around the world.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 04.40 AMby elaineren

    Good scissors, for me, are comfortable and cut well along the entire length of the blade.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 03.57 AMby khowe101

    honestly, I think so much difference is made by a sufficiently tight screw holding the blades together. nothing like a loose screw to mess up a project

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    Feb 15, 2011, 02.16 AMby ravenjasmine81

    I’m left handed, so left handed scissors are a MUST for fabric work…it is so frustrating trying to cut with ‘normal’ scissors; I wish left handed scissors were more widely available in more options (and yes, I own a red pair of left-handed Fiskars!).

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    Feb 15, 2011, 01.40 AMby moon0014

    Scissors must be sharp and fit nicely in my hand. I guard my fabric scissors, they wouldn’t THINK of cutting paper. A good tip for those with vintage machines…I stuck a magnet on mine, it’s a handy way to keep embroidery scissors within easy reach.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 12.19 AMby luckypalm

    I also have those big and heavy metal scissors like the other posters but my Fiskar Softgrips became my go-to scissors. Only when the blades get dull, do I reach for my pair of Wiss.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 12.18 AMby Michele Flaherty

    I like scissors to fit well in my hand. I need to feel like they move with me. A good pair of scissors is priceless!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 12.02 AMby twoboos

    I was with my ex for a couple of years and during that time his grandmother (who couldn’t sew anymore) gave me a pair of wonderful pinking shears, they were ancient but cut beautifully and were remarkably sharp for their age (a bit like her)… when we split up he insisted on taking them off me and keeping them for himself. I was heartbroken. I’ve never found a pair as good…

    If you find a good pair… hang on tight!

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