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Thread snips /nippers/ snippers...

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So I have used several kinds of thread snips( or what ever you want to call them) I have noticed that when cutting the heavier threads they get dull quick. I currently have some supper cheap stamped metal ones that are just mangling the thread instead of cutting them. Tried resharpening them but that hasnt been going well. My questions are: 1 What is the preferred name for this device. 2 Any recommendations on brands or styles to look at. 3 Advice on sharpening them. I need some wisdom about these tools and don't want to spend years of my own time to gain it so give me what you got in that department.

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We have some that have hardened blades on them that seem to last a long time for$2.00 ea.Or $20.00 a Dz.we have a lot of repeat customers on them too.

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They are called Nippers. I  use the cheap ones but extend their sharp time with a few well placed strokea to the bevel and the flata with a piece of Arkansas Hard stone that broke off many years ago.

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I have a pair of Gingher thread snips that I bought on Amazon after getting tired of other methods. Kind of expensive for what they do, around $20, but it is something I use constantly. It's comfortable and secure in the hand and I don't have to use my brain to get a perfect cut. Should be easy to hone, if it ever dulls. 

It might be too thick to get in and cut below flush, though. 

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I have a handy surgical stainless steel scalpel handle, with a box of new blades. 

Just have to be careful with it, not to cut the thread ends too short, or I may risk cutting through the near stitches. 

You could also burn off them loose ends, with a torch-lighter as well.

Run the overstitch wheel across them stitches after, a couple of times, and it's all good.

 

Chas

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I have a thread burner, it is awesome. You cant thread the needle if you use a thread burner.

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I use a set of Fiskars shears designed to cut up herbs these are sharp, and have  hardened resharpenable blades

 

 

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Get some good quality stitch nippers

Use a scalpel or craft knife with disposable blades

Get a wood carving knife with a suitably shaped blade. You will need to sharpen this now and again

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Like TomSmith, I use a battery powered "thread zapper." Am very happy with the results, especially that the ends of the thread do not fray.

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I think my current plan is to see if I get a pair of marx or ginghers for christmas...  If I do and I like them I will keep them, if not to ebay they will go. I will report back either way. I have $2 snips and $10 snips... I can see where  about 3 of the extra dollars goes but not 7... I just dont want to spend $30+ only tho think I would have been better off to buy a dozen $2 snips.

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