There I said it. I do not like my duck billed scissors.
I feel like this is a bit of an unpopular opinion? I feel like I must be missing something! For quite some time I had notice many people talking about the many joys of their duckbill scissors and how superior they are for grading seams. So I bought some! I very excitedly tried them – and i was a little nonplussed. It wasn’t love at first sight – unlike my pinking shears. They did a really great job of holding the fabric i didn’t want to cut out of the way, but i felt like the trimmed edge was very messy and jagged and it was rather an effort to keep it straight and even and not trim too close to the seam. After forcing myself to use them quite a few times to see if i needed to get used to them, i found a great deal of care was needed to make a straight/neat cut, and I really started to wonder what the point was.
I have switched back to my regular shears and carefully trimming whilst holding the fabric i don’t want to cut out of the way with my fingers. I know it’s super fun to try interesting new tools, but this little experience has made me wonder whether it’s worth using a specialty tool just for the sake of it when something simpler will suffice.
I think the lesson here for me is that a sewing purchase should come from a place of actual need, to solve an observed problem, rather than from a desire to follow a trend and have the new shiny thing everyone else has.
What do you think? Have you tried duckbill scissors? Do you love them or hate them? How do you choose what tools you buy?