|The Providence sweater, cut and ready to be sewn|
My scissors of preference are pictured above. Last summer when I first came across the scissors, I couldn't wait to share them, but a lot has happened since then. Namely, the price has gone up. And down. And then back up again. Way up.
I'm talking about the Black & Decker SZ360 3.6-Volt Ni-Cad Cordless Power Scissors. (ETA 16June2015: B &D Power Scissors have been discontinued, although they are still available in some places at either greatly reduced or highly inflated prices.)
One afternoon, before purchasing these wonders and after a session of cutting through a heavy rib knit, the joints in my thumb and fingers were sore. I decided to do a little research on rotary blades. (It seems that cutting knits with rotary blades is highly recommended by some people. Funny. Cutting knit fabric doesn't scare me. Rotary blades do.) A subsequent Google search for electric scissors eventually brought me to a YouTube video where I watched a man, Brian of briansews.com, use the Black & Decker Power Scissors. Here's that video, and I've cued it to the part where he starts talking about the scissors. See Brian power cut through heavy denim.
I hope you've watched and enjoyed Brian's video. I thought it was pretty amazing stuff, and I bought the power scissors. Let me tell you, when it comes to sweater knit fabrics, the B&D Power Scissors are a dream come true! They are lightweight, safe and easy to maneuver, and the cut they make is clean and accurate. The price was pretty cool too. I paid $21 plus shipping when I purchased the B&D Power Scissors through Amazon last summer from a store about 50 miles away from me. None of my local hardware stores carried them at the time.
|See? Even up close, the edges are sharp.|
Now here's the problem. If you roll your mouse over the Power Scissors listed in The Book & The Tools
If your hand aches after a session of cutting and if having a rotary blade in the vicinity of your hand scares you, these power scissors are the way to go. Though I have not heard good things about the electric scissors branded as Zippy or Singer, the Crafty Gemini gives a very convincing demonstration of the Simplicity Electric Scissors, which are currently available at under $40.
The really good news is that my local hardware store now carries the Black and Decker Power Scissors. The price? $25! Your local hardware store may have them, too. Just be sure to keep an eye on the volatile Power Scissors market and check your local hardware store first.