What Rag Quilt Scissors Should I Buy? Guide to Buying the Right Scissors

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If you haven't noticed, then let me point out that I have made just a few (ok probably a thousand) rag quilts in the last few years.

I have learned the hard way that having a REALLY good pair of scissors will make all the difference




I often have people ask what kind of scissors I use for the rag quilts so here is my 2 cents

A pair of scissors with a short blade is a must. You can try to cut the blanket with your regular sewing scissors but you will not be able to cut all the layers at once and you will have more holes in your blanket from cutting the seams. The seams are not to hard to fix, but who wants to resew what they already sewed once.

Your hands will be sore, but you can do it. If you are only going to make one rag quilt in your entire life, don't go spend extra money on nice rag quilt scissors because it will be a waste of money.

I have 3 examples of scissors that I know work better than regular scissors for rag quilts.  Each of the following pictures are linked to Amazon as an Associate

I started out with this pair of scissors

They worked great. Especially when I was just doing a blanket every once in awhile. Then when I started to sell the blankets I realized that those scissors would not cut it. I would have blisters and dents in my fingers from the handles. These scissors were about $20.00. They are Olfa.  My husband prefers these scissors over any others that we have tried (and yes he helps me clip a lot of quilts)



These scissors run about $15.00 but can be found at Joanns and other fabric stores. So make sure if they are not on sale to print off a coupon so you can get the best price possible.

These scissors are great for thin clipping. Around the edge of the quilt, yes! Thin layers of only cotton, Yes! But if you're doing flannel or levi, don't even try it, unless you cut each layer individually. But that would be sooo tedious.

These next scissors are the scissors that I use regularly. I am very biased because I am in love with them.



They are made by Heritage. These babies will cut through 7-8 layers of fabric at a time. They never make my hand fatigued. I am in love with them. They work like a charm. I do have one thing that I don't like about them (isn't there always something :) My hand slides up and down the handle as I am cutting. It does not hinder my cutting, just annoying. 

*NOTE: as I sit here and go through this blog post 12 years later (WOW) my opinion hasn't changed. I still use the heritage brand scissors. I have a pile of 15 of them, because each time one pair becomes dull from clipping many, many blankets, I just buy a new pair. They are serrated and I haven't found a good scissor sharpener in my area that has done a good job sharpening. I would love to get them all sharpened! They're all stuffed in a drawer, and I have given several away over the years. 

So all in all. I definitely would splurge and get the heritage scissors. Even if you don't make another rag quilt you will be grateful to have used these beauties. Some of my extra pairs have ended up in my husbands tools, in our car jockey box, and other random places. They not only are great rag quilt scissors, but also great scissors!

If you have any questions about these scissors or any others please let me know. I would also love to know if you have favorite pair of scissors and what they are used for (even if you don't have rag quilt scissors)

14 comments:

malkah said...

What a wonderful tutorial! Thank you soooooooooo much. Looking forward to seeing you at Creative Jewish Mom next week.

Carmen Wilson said...

I too use the last pair of scissors for my rag quilts...you can't beat them, worth every penny!!

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

What great tips, thanks!!!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Thanks for all the great tips! : )

creative jewish mom said...

Hi Bobbie, Now you have me wanting to make a rag quilt! Thanks for linking up to Craft Schooling Sunday, and hope to see you again this week!
All the best!

Sandy said...

Great tip.. I tried my hand at a 'rag quilt xmas tree skirt" this past year and I could have used a good pair of sissors!
Sandy

http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! Your rag quilts are stunning and very inspiring!
I have made several small rag quilts and used my Farberware kitchen shears to clip them. The handles are covered with rubber so my hands didn't ache. It also seemed easier to guide them and not cut too far.

Unknown said...

super helpful info- thanks!
and thanks for linking up again this week... I love getting to know you a bit through your blog! :)

Expressions by Heather said...

Great tips, thanks!!

Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

This is a great tip! I've never made a rag quilt, but hope to one day! Thanks for linking this up to somedaycrafts.blogspot.com for Whatever Goes Wednesday!

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome tip at Thursday’s Treasures last week! Come share your crafty projects in this week’s Thursday’s Treasures too!
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2010/02/thursdays-treasures-week-11.html

D'Anne said...

Where can I find the last pair of scissors? I have not seen them at Joann's before. How much are they?

avisiontoremember said...

The last pair of scissors I actually have in my shop now...www.avisiontoremember.etsy.com or just do a google search for heritage rag quilt scissors and then you should be able to find them pretty easy

Kathleen said...

I am sure our many readers will appreciate your help in choosing Rag Quilt scissors.
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Kathleen

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