Skip to main content

Scissors I Love!



--> You may know heirloom quality Famore scissors from quilting and sewing trade shows. But did you know that company president Brint Fanizza has focused on helping sewists affected by arthritis? When I was working on my article about sewing with health challenges,  BadAss Quilter extraordinaire and Spool quilt shop owner Maddie Kertay chose the Famore 8 Inch serrated scissors as one of her favorites for accurate cutting when your hands don't wanna.   
8-inch Serrated Shears
So I called up Brint to get photos of the highly acclaimed scissors. Well, we ended up talking for about a half hour because he was so interested in the topic. He said that he had arthritis and autoimmune sufferers coming up to him at sewing and quilting conventions telling him that they needed a better solution in scissors. We can understand why, right? Our fingers swell, get stiff, ache. It's hard to maintain control when your fingers hurt and the handles often don't accommodate swollen digits. And don't get me started on lefties! Sewing is not the easiest when you have arthritis or an autoimmune disease or any weakness in your hands.  He listened, and what he created is a scissor that blew my mind. 
 
To keep people sewing as long as possible, he designed the Comfort Handle Scissors. This new scissor features a razor sharp edge and an ambidextrous comfort grip handle. That's right, it's for righties and lefties. When he showed the final product to me at Market, he folded up a piece of muslin what had to be 20 times - it was nearly an inch thick. I took one look at him and said "There is no way I can cut that!"  Sure enough, I cut it in two. There is virtually no pain or discomfort in my hands when I use these. Somehow it wasn't difficult to squeeze them even through all those layers of fabric.  The handles are pliable. I don't know the words to describe them properly - roomy, comfortable, and flexible. So if my fingers are swollen, I not only have plenty of room for them in the handle, I still have control where I am cutting.  These scissors retail for $18 and I snatched them up without hesitation. The next time you are at Festival or another show where Brint has a Famore Booth, check out these amazing scissors. He will let you hold them and he may even fold up some fabric for you to cut. Just tell him Tracy sent you!    Happy Quilting!  Tracy    

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What Features Should I Look For In A Sewing Machine?

First off, I gotta say I was blown away from the response to this blog. I got messages all over social media and it was quite clear that I struck a chord. So many of you are looking for solutions that allow you to sew longer and better. 
One comment in particular got my attention last week. A reader on Instagram mentioned that she bought her 8 Series BERNINA because she had R.A. My mind started racing. OF COURSE, the sewing machine!!! What features should you look for when buying a sewing machine if you have autoimmune disease, arthritis, vision problems or limited mobility?

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I think it is safe to say that I bleed BERNINA red. I love everything about the company and the machines they produce. I am also a brand ambassador which means that they provide me with a sewing machine to use for a year. I think it is pretty safe to say that I will be purchasing my current loaner, the B790, at the end of the year. She is like an extension of my hands.



Ho…

Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop, Part 2

Cleaning your studio takes a really long time! 
Everything takes longer with Autoimmune disease. This was me as I was cleaning.


I am allergic to dust and my dry lungs don't like cleaning! The good news is my room is all dusted and nice now. Wanna see?





Much more inviting, methinks.

One of my biggest issues was organizing multiple projects that I am working on at the same time. Apparently, I was not the only one. I got this question asked on my Facebook page by Laurie:

"Tracy, I think what you are doing is great! This question might be best asked of the quilt teachers and book writers that I imagine have very busy lives.......HOW do you save time? Do you draw up your design first and then "kit it up?" Do you have an assistant? If so, what do you have them do for you in the way of making a quilt? Also, how do they make the best use of their time? You know, those small amounts of time that are broken up by days of not quilting."

So I asked my friends. I do kno…

A HUGE Announcement!

BIG NEWS!!!  


I am joining the team at The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims!  Read all about it HERE!  I have a background in acting and so it has been a dream of mine to work on a quilt show for as long as I can remember. I am so very excited to share videos and tutorials on this show that I have admired for so many years. So look for me on the TQS blog in the coming months!Happy Quilting, Tracy P.S. Friday, I will share my first product review - Sizzix Die Cutting!