Thursday, March 1, 2012

My new OLFA scissors

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Shortly before Christmas, I received a wonderful little box from the fine folks at OLFA. They contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in testing driving their fantastic little 5" Precision Applique Scissors. Of course I said yes, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the product with all of you.

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First, though, let me tell you a little bit about my use of various sewing tools. In short, I don't. I only have a couple of rulers (and really only use 2 of them), a single rotary cutter, I barely use pins, and have gotten by with only 2 pair of scissors -- a large pair for cutting fabric, and a small pair that I keep near my machine for snipping threads and stuff. And even those I inherited from my wife, who (as you may remember) really got the sewing thing up and off the ground here in our house. So, I don't really shop for many notions and I'm kind of accustomed to the tools I have.

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But you know the old saying, "you don't know what you're missing"? I fear that's the case for me with many state-of-the-art sewing notions. I'd file these sleek and sharp scissors under their category. I can appreciate the comfort of their large handles, their stability, their ease of movement, and the fact that they cut like a hot knife through butter. Though I admit that I don't really do applique (for which these scissors were surely designed), I am sure they would be unrivaled for that purpose.

And even though I don't do applique, the OLFA scissors have become my new on-the-go scissors for embroidery (the Hoop Up swap recently began its third round!) and for my newest hobby ...

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Yes, I'm teaching myself how to cross-stitch! But more on that soon ...

If you can't tell, I'd definitely recommend the OLFA 5" Precision Applique scissors to anyone in the market for a new pair of small scissors for handwork, applique, or any on-the-go projects.

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Disclaimer (only because it seems like bloggers who review products are increasingly being criticized or scrutinized for their positive reviews of gratis products):
From time to time, I am contacted by companies, publishers, business owners, etc. to "test drive" or review their products. I only review or endorse products that I truly like, and would want to share with my readers. I am contacted about many more products and services than the ones that make it to my blog -- some I turn down outright, and others I try but choose not to review -- so you can be confident that I am only recommending products that I myself would (and do) use.


  1. Nice prezzie to get and then turn out that you actually like them so much :-) PS...They sound great :)

  2. i like these scissors too.. using for MY Desserts and ... I started at the bottom of the cuppie and I'm about that much done from the other direction! Only my second cross stitch ever... i see March is now in my inbox!

  3. Ok your "confession" about your number of scissors has me in a tizzy. I don't have any idea how many pairs I have. I love love scissors. I have 3 Olfa scissors. But I don't have this pair. And I want them.

  4. Thanks for that disclaimer. It means a lot when we really want the truth!

  5. Forget the scissors, what is that amazing fabric they are laying on and where can I get some?! It's perfect for a quilt I'be been planning in my head for weeks!!!

    1. Tessa, the fabric is from a line called "Morning Tides" by Mark Cesarik for Free Spirit Fabrics. It's wonderful! I am sure a quick Google search can show you where to find some.


  6. LOL! John I burst out laughing when I read about your lack of gadgetry. You know I love a tool. I'm glad you like the scissors, I might need to get a pair. Regardless, I say you've created an incredible body of work and are living proof that you don't need a lot of stuff to make beautiful things.