“Scissor Maintenance”

When I first began to sew as a child, my parents taught me to use quality tools for the craft.  For example, sewing scissors were only to be used in the sewing room and they were never to be used to cut paper!  These were clear rules for a child and I understood them completely.  As I grew older, I started to put my own money into those sewing tools and so the rules really became something I followed.  Nothing like having “a little skin in the game” to encourage one to take care of what one has!  A quality pair of scissors will last for a good long time. My cutting shears are working on their fourth decade with me!  About once every other month, I treat them to a “scissor spa day” where they are cleaned, sharpened and lubricated.

  First step is to clean the blades with a soft cloth.

I use a men’s handkerchief for the job since it is soft and has very little lint.

Once the blades are wiped off (I also wipe the blades each time I use the scissors, before I put them away), I use the sharpening stone on the outside beveled edge of the blades.

The sharpening stone I use has its own leather case…
…and came with illustrated instructions for use.

Since I do this regularly, I do not need to do much sharpening all at once.  I then wipe the blade off again to get rid of any residue or debris from the sharpening.  I oil the scissors where they are joined, using a drop of sewing machine oil on both sides of the screw assembly and then open and close the scissors multiple times to let the oil get down into the area.  I use sewing machine oil because it does not tend to leave a stain as some household oils can:  it’s formulated to work in machines that deal with fabric. If needed, I also put a drop of oil on each blade, rub it in and then wipe off the excess. 

I oil one side of the screw….
…then turn the scissors over and oil the other side.

After everything is cleaned, the scissors go back into their sheath and they are ready for my next project.  The whole operation takes no more than ten minutes so I don’t tend to put off the maintenance.  I hope my sharing this routine with you will inspire you to do a little maintenance of your own!

All cleaned, oiled and ready for the next project!