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Product Review: OLFA 5″ Precision Appliqué Scissors

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The kind folks at OLFA sent me their latest 5″ Precision Appliqué Scissors to try out and share with my readers. They are also giving away a pair to one of you too. See below for how to enter the give-away.

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I’ll admit I was a little skeptical that I’d like these scissors. I already have many pairs and really how many do I need? Well, I tried the scissors a while back and must say they are one of my most favourite pairs now. Here’s what I love about them:

  • Light-weight .. I mean really light weight, so that they are very comfortable.
  • Large cushy handles that fit nicely in my hand and don’t cause strain when used for long periods .. no more pinched fingers.
  • The packaging claims that the scissors can be used to cut through up to six layers of fabric with little effort, and they DO! Without the fabric shifting either.
  • The tips of the blades are as sharp as the rest of the blades, so that trimming curves and V’s for appliqué is super easy and accurate.

I don’t have anything negative to say about these scissors. One recommendation would be to make a larger pair with the same qualities. You can read more about the scissors on OLFA’s web site.

My Project

Below is the project I was working on when I first tried the scissors. It’s the centre circles for my hearts row for my Robin Rowers partner. I’ll post more photos of that project soon.

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For my stuffed circles, I needed 5 larger circles in black, 5 smaller ones in white and 5 pieces of light weight batting. I’m using Karen Buckley’s Perfect Circles templates and Erin’s tutorial.

I traced a large circle onto one piece of black fabric, layered the five pieces together, stuck them with a pin, and cut out all pieces at one time. I did the same for the white circles…

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… and the batting too.

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Quick and easy!

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Here’s one of the heart flowers that the circles were for:

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Give-Away

OLFA is giving away a pair to one of my readers. To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you did this past weekend. Any gardening or quilting?

Winner will be randomly selected Sunday, April 22, 2012. Thanks to OLFA for adding such a great product to my quilting tool box.


Congratulations to #33 Cheryl Hartzog .. check your email for a message from me.

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Posted: April 15th, 2012

Topics: My Quilting Journey, Product Reviews

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164 Responses to “Product Review: OLFA 5″ Precision Appliqué Scissors”

  1. Christian Chandler says:

    Practiced fmq on a lap quilt, and spent some quality time cross stitching.

  2. Kate says:

    Le sigh. Worked last weekend and working this weekend,. But as it’s very, very, quiet today, I have cut out a bunch of squares for a little project I am going to try out.

  3. Julie says:

    I love OLFA products.
    I was stuck at two sales events this weekend. One went very well, the other was a complete bust :(
    Fancy scissors, would certainly brighten my mood ;)

  4. Pat B. says:

    Took my first mach. embroidery class. I could have used these scissors today.

  5. Mary Lynn says:

    Well my weekend started Friday, a day with my grandson, and then out for an early dinner at the Oddfellows Hall in Belmont only to return to do some gardening, three hours worth!! It feels good and I am almost finished the Spring cleanup. :) That was the last garden to cleanup and all the others have mulch on already! Now today, I finished piecing a CHEMO quilt for our local hospital, a project with one of my guilds. I got it sandwiched later and then have it about 1/2 quilted. Break for supper and back at it again afterwards. Hope you are having a great weekend! :) Tomorrow DH and I are planning out our trip to Quilt Canada and coffee with a friend!

  6. Judy says:

    I’d love to win some new scissors! I went to a quilt show with 2 grandkids in tow… Lovely quilt show, not enough time to view everything in detail with the 2 young ‘uns! Next time.

  7. Mary Dylke says:

    Personal maintenance day – haircut and pedi. Mail my income tax forms, which always makes me grumpy. To make up for that, will be going for a walk in the sun and starting my next quilt1

  8. Quilt Rat says:

    Brand new, new, sharp scissors….an applique project….sounds like a fabulous day! I seem to always use my big dressmaker shears for everything….gonna have to look at these.
    Working on an online class project this weekend…..painting pictorial quilts….LOVING it!

  9. Linda says:

    Went to Farmers Market…came home and spent the afternoon freemotion quilting a queen size quilt on my DSM. Still lots to do to finish it. Thanks for the chance.

  10. JOAN GODFREY says:

    i always have a meeting on sat am for work, then it is FUN time. i went to a friend’s house to sew with a small group. got lots done for my guild challenge…

  11. Nancy Sue says:

    We spent the weekend working in the yard a bit. Baby shampoo (the cheapest you can find) mixed with Vodka, is the best dandilion “tamer” ever. I learned from last year however, that it elimates a boatload of questions from neighbors if you place everything in a spraybottle, rather that have them see you sitting in the yard with a bottle in a brown paper bag:)!!!!

  12. Lisa Conant says:

    I went to a chrysalis flight planning meeting, at church…great to see all the girls!!

  13. Carlie says:

    As I’m a nurse I worked Saturday and Sunday morning in ICU.Came home to dishes, laundry and a teething 16 month old who missed his mum. Cutting out my Jacobean applique quilt pieces will happen another day! I just dream of craft in my head :)

  14. Linda Dixon says:

    These scissors have made the old spoonbill applique scissors obsolete. Love them.

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