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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 14, 2011, 11.17 PMby verypurpleperson

    I treasure a good pair of scissors, once I found the one, it become a treasured possession. My scissors are big for my hand, moderately heavy with thick and sharp blades.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 10.29 PMby himechan

    Definitely the blade and how well it cuts through fabric. Comfort is important too.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 10.26 PMby somethingcute

    For me, there are a few factors: a good fit to my hand (tiny handles are hard to hold, large handles are too big and chaff), no seam lines touching my hand (again, they chaff…cutting for hours at a time gets painful if the scissors rub!), and a comfortable shape. I don’t like flexible handles though, they tend to tire the hand (and again, rub) leading to greater discomfort.

    Next, the blades have to be very sharp and fairly thick (thin blades generally equal cheap shears) and the metal must be well mounted into the handle (I have broken too many scissors over the years because the blade fit into the handle only at the very end, which leads to the handle cracking. Needless to say, I don’t buy the same brand when I am forced to replace a scissor for that reason!).

    Over all, it needs to feel comfortable and appear to be well made and long lasting.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 10.01 PMby farahajh

    For me it’s important that the scissors fit nicely in my hand.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 09.07 PMby dejanu

    A good pair of scissors is priceless! What an amazing package.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 09.01 PMby Megan Richards

    I’m going to upload a tutorial too, but thought I’d comment anyway! The most important thing about sewing shears is that they can cut through any kind of fabric and stay sharp for a long time. Plus, the flat edge of shears that allows them to be used along a flat surface is fabulous, too.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 08.56 PMby magdamagda

    I use a biiiiig pair of scissors to cut fabric – it’s been with me for a few good years now, it must weight more than 1/2 kg, it’s all metal and it was something I didn’t consider to leave in Romania when coming to India:) When you’ve got a good pair in hand you just feel it, it gives you a lot of confidence

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    Feb 14, 2011, 06.26 PMby bekabug8

    I uploaded my first tutorial about a month ago. Can I relabel it and use that one?

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      Feb 14, 2011, 07.35 PMby rachelnyc

      Great question! This contest is meant to inspire the community to create NEW tutorials. To be considered, the tutorial has to be uploaded to the site between today and March 3rd. Good luck!

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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