This video is the first in a series that I am doing with VelocityVette08 or Jane as most of you know her. In this video I talk all things cutting tools. I hope this is helpful for you!
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Cutting Tools 101…Here we go!
The first cutting tool I want to mention is your basic, all purpose scissors. These scissors are inexpensive and used for anything and everything. They are not intended to last very long and you will probably have to replace them often. Even so, you need a good pair of “junk” scissors so that your good scissors won’t turn into junk!
These are what mine look like, they are made by Scotch. For links to the products, click the photos. If I am able to find a link I will link it.
I love a good pair of industrial scissors as well. I can use these scissors for everything from burlap to pruning my Crape Myrtles! I really like that these scissors can come apart to clean them. These are made by Fiskars and they were worth every penny.
I strongly suggest that you invest in a pair of scissors that are strictly for fabric. Even if you don’t use fabric in your crafting, you will need something to cut ribbon with and it needs to be a very sharp set of scissors. If you are looking for good fabric scissors, these Fiskars are great. They have a flat base that allows you to cut smoothly around pattern pieces without the bump on the handle most scissors have.
Pinking shears are very much like your fabric scissors. They need to be used specifically for your fabric crafts. If you want pinking shears for paper crafting be sure to have a separate pair for that.
These decorative edge scissors are made just for paper crafting, if you want something that is fun to play with and makes pretty frilly edges on your work these are great. I have seen them in very affordable sets at the craft store. Use a coupon on them and you can really save!
These scissors are my fantastic duo! I love these teflon coated scissor blades. Nothing sticks, I can use these to cut adhesives and even foam squares. They are slightly serrated so they are not perfect for paper cutting but they will do a good job on ribbons and small wire.
I love these little guys. They are sharp and perfect for precision cutting. I got these from CTMH but you can use the Cutter Bee’s instead. They are just as good.
Oh, the craft knife, I remember seeing these on Carol Duval! When I got my first blade I thought I was a true crafter. Now I could cut out anything! I love using my craft knife on lots of projects.
And now to the most talk about cutting tools out there, electronic cutters. I love my Cricut Expression. It is the only electronic cutter I have ever had. I do want to try the Brother Scan and Cut, I think I will get that one next time. For now, I will use my Expression and love it! I linked several videos in the description box of the YouTube video above showing other electronic cutting machines for you to see.
Be sure to watch the video for a more in depth discussion on cutting tools. Thanks for coming along with us on this Basics journey. To follow along feel free to print the calendars below.
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