06 November 2010
Hi everyone! I thought it was about time I contributed a post of my own to Sewing 101. I have been so gratified with the response to this series, and have learned so many great tips myself. Learning to sew is a lifelong process.
Recently I purchased my own pair of pinking shears, on clearance at Michaels for less than $10. It was a deal I couldn't pass up!
Pinking shears are specialized scissors that cut fabric in a serrated pattern.
Here's an example of how pinking shears cut:
You use pinking shears to trim the edges of seams so that they don't unravel. I used my mom's pinking shears to finish the flags on my sister in law's birthday banner:
I used my shears to finish the seams in my daughter's fall dresses:
The dress has been washed a few times, so you can see how the seams wear over time. Pinking prevents fraying past the triangles.
Another great use for pinking shears is to prevent lots of unraveling when you pre-wash your new fabric. Just pink all the raw edges before you wash.
My new favorite use for my pinking shears if for trimming around curves. I first discovered this option when making Molly Monkeys last summer. There are lots of curves for Molly...including her shoes! So, instead of painstakingly clipping little triangles out at the curved edges (so that the seam lies flat), I trimmed the edges with my pinking shears.
Sewn in place:
I also used this for making my baby's fairy wand.
If you have access to pinking shears, they are a great tool for your next sewing project!
Linked up to Under the Table and Dreaming, and The Girl Creative.
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p.s. Larissa at mmmcrafts came up with another fun pinking shears project HERE.
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