I know I have about 3 dozen scissors running around here. To keep them sharp, I buy a box of 00 steel wool from my local hardware store and cut through it with the scissors. This allows your scissors to sharpen themselves, and it also beats paying $15.00 to have them sharpened.
By Gem from VA
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To sharpen scissors quickly, use an everyday item: aluminum foil. Simply cut a medium size sheet of foil. Using the scissors, cut up the foil and across. The scissors are good to go. Be careful not to cut yourself as scissors will be sharp!
By Sherrie P.
I am old enough to remember when knife sharpeners used to come to the DOOR. Not anymore - but you can sort of sharpen your scissors by cutting through sandpaper until the edge is restored. Not ideal - but better than dull scissors and very thrifty.
By Pam from LA, CA
You can sharpen scissors easily by cutting through a few pieces of steel wool.
By Robin from Washington, IA
I also use my scissors to cut SOS pads. It saves not having to waste a whole SOS pad as well as sharpens my scissors.
I've found that the best way to sharpen my scissors is to cut aluminum foil a few times after cleaning the blades with alcohol!
By Michlee from Glen Morgan, WV
I am looking for a good way to sharpen my scissors without going to a pro. I have tried the types that sharpen knives, but those work poorly. Thanks.
By Susan from Trinidad, CO
The best way to sharpen scissors is to save all of your used/discarded aluminum foil. Cut through the foil with dull scissors until the foil is in tiny pieces..Viola! Your scissors will be sharp! Good luck! Be sure to save one designated pair of scissors for paper Only, therefore the other pairs will not dull so quickly.
When you need to sharpen your scissors and don't have a sharpener, try cutting through a couple of sheets of aluminum foil. This sometimes helps.
By middlekid from Science Hill, Kentucky
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Does anyone have a good, cheap way that they have tried to sharpen sewing scissors. Mine have become very dull. I need your help.
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By Jo Ann from Sarasota, FL
In addition to providing professional sharpening service, this company offers a large variety of sewing scissors and shears at great prices. (09/24/2008)
Carefully take the shears apart. Use your thumb and forefinger to hold the blade to the stone and press the angled part of the blade directly flat with the stone. Use the rough surface first. Drip water from the tap on the stone if you'd like, but stay away from things like "3-1 Oil" or even WD40 because they will clog your stone.
Next, draw the blade against the stone as exactly as you can. To you or away from you. Just go in one direction. Just make sure you have the blade slant exactly up against the flat of your stone all the time. So, do the same thing on the "smooth" side, too. Just wipe off with a soft, dry cloth, and put your scissors back together.
Don't worry, if you can't take the scissors apart, you can open them all the way, and can draw the blades across like that. Hope this helps. (11/23/2008)
Scissors will not be sharp after many times of usage. To make it sharp again, you can get a sheet of tinfoil, fold it until you have 5-6 layers. Use scissors to cut the tinfoil to small stripes, repeat the cutting for ten to fifteen times.
Test the scissors buy cutting a piece of paper to see the sharpness, if still not up to your satisfaction, repeat the steps by cutting more tinfoil until the scissors are really sharp.
Source: I saw that from an overseas TV show
By Kitty from Bellingham, WA