Pinking Shears

by Marji
(Central Florida)

Just me at 73 and holding!!!

Just me at 73 and holding!!!

I am wondering if there are any other shears that have a design like the pinking shears? If not, why not? They have many cool designs for paper, but not for fabric.

Does pinking equate to cheesy or lazy when finishing an item?

Marji (a novice seamstress)

To answer your question, I don't believe there are any other finished edges other than the zig zag edge for pinking shears.

I believe the pinking shear has been available since the late 1800s. The purpose, of course, was to keep fabric edges from fraying.

A utilitarian purpose really, and not decorative. Unlike the paper versions, you don't see the edge of the seam allowance, I guess there has not been any inspiration to change what already seemed to work.

I have a number of "high tech" modern sewing machines at my disposal and yet I own a pair of pinking shears, and I use them, so no I don't believe using the pinking shear is "cheesy" or "lazy". They are a tried and true tool in your sewing room.

I agree with you though...why not? I have a rule of thumb when I sew, I like to make the inside of a garment or a project as neat and tidy or decorative, on the inside as I do on the outside. So why not have more than just the zig-zag pattern.
Happy sewing!

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