I took this picture outside of a quaint little Chelsea shop called Henry Westpfal, which specializes in sharpening scissors and knives. (Hence the big scissors outside. Go figure.) Sometimes I think we really do have everything in New York.
So you know how sewing guides always tell you to get your scissors sharpened regularly? So . . . does anyone actually do that? I know I don't. I bought my pair of Ginghers when Jeff and I were first dating, i.e. seven years ago. And haven't had them sharpened since. Of course, they were in terrible shape - they didn't really cut fabric so much as shred it. But sharpening them was one of those things I never seemed to get around to. Until now, my friends!
I finally got so fed up with their condition that I bit the bullet and did it. I came across Henry Westpfal through some creative Googling, and they were awesome. They turned the scissors around in a day and when I came to pick them up they brought out some scrap fabric for me to test them out on. Oh my goodness, they cut that fabric like buttah! The fee was around $8.00 with tax. And having sharp scissors has totally changed my attitude about cutting patterns out! It's actually fun now.
So, do you have your scissors regularly sharpened? I highly recommend that you do it! Even if you don't have a special sharpening place like Henry Westpfal, you can take your scissors to anyplace that does knife sharpening. Ask around at cooking shops like Williams Sonoma if you're not sure where to start. Also, Gingher services their scissors for a charge of $7.50, which includes return shipping (see here for more details).
Sharp scissors for everyone! Woo hoo!