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--> 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    

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