Precision Applique Scissors from Olfa: Giveaway

I got to try out a new Olfa product recently and I really liked it. These are Olfa’s Precision Applique Scissors and they are 5″ long.

 Precision Applique Scissors from Olfa: Giveaway
Like other Olfa products, they are beautifully engineered and they just feel great in your hands—doesn’t matter which hand you cut with, either! The symmetrical design works equally well for right-handed folks or lefties (I’m a lefty so I can vouch for that).

My favorite feature is the roomy finger loops. When I reach for these at the machine, there’s no struggle to fit my fingers into the handles. Just grab and snip with the super-sharp blades which are about 1.5″ long when measured from the rivet. Not too short, not too long. Just right.

 Precision Applique Scissors from Olfa: GiveawayIf you need a good applique scissors, give these a go. They are supposed to accurately cut up to six layers of fabric at a time, but I actually cut eight layers with no problem. I don’t often need to cut multiple layers but it’s sure nice to know I can when I need to.

The Precision Applique Scissors are reasonably priced at $24.99. In case you need to know, these are US Model #:1096876. Visit your local quilt shop and see if they have a pair. I think you’ll like them.

I’ll be happy to share the pair I reviewed with a Quilty Pleasures reader, and I’ll throw in a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 4. Leave a comment by midnight Thursday, Dec. 8 telling me about your favorite scissors. We’ll announce a winner here on Friday.

The winner is Sharon S., who left comment #3, chosen at Sharon blogs at

It was really interesting to hear how many people are using scissors that have been passed down to them from moms, grandmas and even great-grandmas. Who would have guessed that scissors are so sentimental?! Thanks for all of the great comments.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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167 Responses to Precision Applique Scissors from Olfa: Giveaway

  1. tammy k. says:

    My favorite pair of scissors is a large pair of Wiss shears I bought almost 20 years ago. They cut like a dream. I keep them hidden so that no one uses them on paper and they have stayed wonderfully sharp. They are my best pair for cutting backings and trimming layers before binding.

  2. Jeanne G says:

    My favorite scissors are my very old and antique “stork scissors”. They mean so much to me as they were my great-grandmothers. I am planning on putting them into a shadow box collage after the first of the year.

  3. Ann Marie Kesler says:

    I have a pair of small gingher embroidery scissors that I keep with me at the sewing machine. This pair of scissors offered would let me have an extra pair to use in other places.
    Ann Marie

  4. Connie Wood says:

    I love my Fiskers scissors for Kids. I have several of these inexpensive scissors around my house to trim treads and clip seams.

  5. Marilyn Wharton says:

    I love all scissors! The little ones are so cute and the big ones are so handy. I guess if I have to choose I’ll pick my ginghers. Maybe if I win one of these Olfas they will become my new favorite.

  6. carol collins says:

    I love all kind of little . I collect different ones. I love my little stork scissors. these scissors look really cool and would love to have a pair. thanks for letting me share my thoughts. carol colllins . collins 17211@yahoo .com

  7. So far, my favorite scissors is a pair of Kai a friend gifted me. They are nice and short and very sharp. However, I am looking forward to trying out the Olfa Loop scissors very soon.

  8. Lynn says:

    I am a scissors nut and would love to add these to my collection – I do use them all at different times so am not sure you call this a collection, certainly not a stash of scissors. Like scissors with big handles and these do look good for applique.

  9. Martina says:

    I have an old fabric scissors from my mom. Still works great! Thanks!

  10. Ava Wright says:

    I am a scissorholic. I buy them just because I like the look of them. My favorite is a stork pair. I carry them in my bag all the time. Would love to add this pair to my collection.

  11. Dee Johnson says:

    I love Karen Buckley’s applique scissors, as well as Gingher, but really, can a girl have to many scissors? I would love to try these and the 100 blocks magazine. Ladies, I figured out I need to hide my scissors or certain “people” in my house think it is ok to cut paper and tags, etc. – jeepers.

  12. Jeanne says:

    My favorite scissors are my Fiskars. Thanks for the chance to win these scissors which would be really nice to use.

  13. Claudia says:

    Santa, oh Santa…. I’ve been an awfully good girl this year. My favorite pair of scissors? one of the 14 pr I have that I can find when I need them, including the pair pinned to my shirt. :}

  14. Helen says:

    My favorite scissors are little nippers that have a small and very sharp point, since I usually only cut threads at the machine. I’d love to win this pair, as I’m teaching myself to applique with some small winter projects.

  15. Cory says:

    My favorite scissors are Fiskars spring loaded that open on their own. Thank you for the chance to win these beautiful scissors. They just might become my favorites. :-) Take care and God bless, Cory

  16. VickiT says:

    Ooh I LOVE those little scissors you’re showing us. So many of the smaller scissors like that also have tiny finger/thumb areas and then you get your fingers stuck. I hate that but, these look awesome.

    My favorite scissors are my Fiskars Soft touch spring loaded scissors. I had to get something to help me because I was dealing with some hand and thumb problems and those with their spring tension helped so much. I chose that pair after using the same ones in a class at my Viking dealers’ class I was taking.

  17. Nancy Myers says:

    My favorite scissors are the Gingher Dressmaker shears that my husband gave me as a Christmas gift for our first Christmas together. They still cut as nicely as they did in 1983 with no need of sharpening or adjusting.

  18. Jennifer says:

    My very favorite scissors are the ones that I inherited from my grandmother. I remember using them when she was teaching me to sew, at age 6. I spent many years cutting doll clothes from her scraps. And they’re still the pair that I use most often, almost every day. They work well to cut out appliques but I’ve often wondered how a smaller pair would work. I appreciate the chance to find out!

  19. Linda E in AZ says:

    My favorite scissors are a pair from a dissection kit that I bought MANY years ago. They are very fine pointed German steel but have gotten dull over the years, so I’d love to try those new Olfa ones. I especially like the larger finger openings.

  20. Debbie Lynch says:

    My favorite pair of scissors is a small pair of DuraSharp that I carry in my take-along project bag. My second favorite pair of scissors is a pair of Bell Brand pinking shears. I discovered them in my mother’s sewing box after she passed away. They pink very nicely and they also remind me of the many “Depression Days” pot holders Mom made for our family and friend through the years.

  21. Sarah says:

    My favorite scissors actually depend upon what I’m doing. For quilting, I love my Fiskars “short” scissors. They look kind of like the large, standard Fiskars scissors, but are a mini version and are only about 4″ long total. They’re great for reaching behind my pressure foot to trim threads when chain piecing.

    My other favorite pair are for needle point. I don’t remember who makes them, but they actually fold up to be only about 1″ long, which is great for folding and sticking into a plastic baggy or into my thread carrier. I’ve even used these little scissors to cut applique as they are super sharp and accurate despite being “cheaper” and being able to fold them.

  22. Diane says:

    I love my Omni scissors! They are 5″, I think and cut so nicely.

  23. Janet Frank says:

    If these are as great as all the other OLFA products, I’d love a pair! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays to all!

  24. Gill says:

    My favourite scissors are a pair of Fiskars bought for me by my Mum when I was doing A-level textiles at school in the 70′s

  25. Eve says:

    I’ve worn out my small ‘nipping’ scissors…they lasted about 25 years. I just bought the set of Titanium that Hancock has right now. They are nice but the small ones don’t have a very fine (precise) end cut. So I would love to try a pair of these. Also, the large openings for your fingers is intriguing because I have large hands.

  26. Amanda Wulf says:

    My favorite pair of scissors that I use are Fiskars with the soft handle and lock on them. I have used my grandma’s Gingher scissors before. They are really nice and old! I am 44 and she has had them ever since I can remember. She worked at a sewing factory for many years and was given a pair from them. She retired over 35 years ago and they are still just as sharp and good as the day she got them. I would love to win a pair of them!

  27. debbie shaw says:

    my favorite scissors are the ones the kids and my husband haven’t used :)

  28. Niki says:

    I thought I was a scissor-holic, but then realized I don’t have any Olfa scissors. Would love to try a pair.

  29. Linda Brown says:

    I’ve just gotten into applique and a good pair of scissors would only help.
    Thanks for the chance to win but I will definately look for these.

  30. Zarina says:

    My favourite scissors is the small (3-inch) with flowers in the handle. When I bought, there was no brand so not sure who is the manufacturer.

  31. Nancy says:

    I saw these advertised in a magazine and wondered about them. It’d be great to win a pair. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Wanda says:

    I current use Fiskars gray scissors that you squeeze, but would love a pair of Olfa scissors. I think these scissors look like a great addition to my sewing tool kit.

  33. Madeline Wallace says:

    always need a new pair of scissors, especially for next to the sewing machine. the ones i use are too big for the space….

  34. Laura says:

    I recieved a large Gingher scissor about 10 years ago. They are my favorites because they are very, very sharp and very shiney. I found a piece of very soft yarn in my favorite color of purple to tie around the handle. I have threatened everyone in the house if they use my sewing scissors!

  35. Debbie M says:

    For years I’ve been using an inexpensive Gingher, which seems to never lose it’s sharpness. I’ve been using a small ‘storch’ embroidery scissors for pointy or small things. Just have to be very careful! These Olfa’s look like a great replacement for that!

  36. wordygirl says:

    My favorite scissors are a pair of Ginghers I inherited from my mom. Growing up, she drew a clear line between scissors the family could use and her sewing scissors. Now at last I understand why.

    I’ve read about these applique scissors and I’d be thrilled to win a pair! Thanks for sharing.

  37. Pam in KC says:

    My favorite scissors are my Gingher dressmakers shears that my husband gave me for Christmas many years ago. A good pair of applique scissors would be wonderful as there there are some applique projects in my future.

  38. Rita Goshorn says:

    my daughter gave me my favorite pair of scissors … little gold stork snips back in the day. so pretty! they’re in my applique sewing kit, so i use them freqently. i need some really good applique scissors to cut my little applique pieces … i would love to win this pair!

  39. Nancy B says:

    I don’t have a favorite pair of scissors so I would love to win this pair of Olfa Precision Applique Scissors. Thanks for the give a way.

  40. Barbara Scofield says:

    My favorite scissors happen to be the particular ones that I need for the task at hand. I own and use quite a few different pairs of scissors and have learned that it really makes a difference which pair you use for which task. I probably reach for my Gingher 6″ curved handle scissors most often. I use Gingher dressmaker shears for cutting fabric or my Olfa rotary cutter. I keep a pair of Solingen Bristol Line scissors on my desk and Acme Titanium scissors in the junk drawer in the kitchen. These are only a few of the pairs of scissors that I own. I really like good quality scissors!

  41. Cecilia says:

    My favorite pair is a small pair of Ginghers that I keep by my machine. I would love to try a pair of Olfa’s.

  42. Connie says:

    I have only had Fiskar’s would love to win these!

  43. MaryBeth says:

    A few years ago I was in my local Joann’s and they had several pairs of ginger snips on clearance. The price was so good I bought all they had and have given them as little gifts to my quilty friends. Mine are kept on a scissors fob with a pully-thingy that clips to my shirt so I have them when I sew!!

  44. Deb Martens says:

    I have a small pair of scissors with a curved blade, that makes them easy to use to snip threads, etc. without accidentally cutting into my piecing.

  45. My favourite pair of scissors was the one my Mother used for her sewing. It was an iron scissors which was very heavy and needed to be well looked after. Then a few years back Fiskar scissors were available in India and that became my favorite. It is light and needs no looking after. I am waiting to try Olaf but it is still not available here. So I hope I get to try it.
    Thank you for this give away.

  46. Bev Lawler says:

    I love to try all different kinds of scissors. I teach hand applique and like to try different products. I have Gingher 5″ scissors that I have been using for years and have recently started using Karen Kay Buckley’s small serrated scissors that I like to use also. I have heard that Dovo scissors are good also. I would love to win the Olfa scissors for the giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  47. Jan says:

    I have a favorite set of scissors, all matching Gingher lavender and white 8 inch shears, 4 inch scissors and a 3 inch for embroidery, but I’m all willing to add to my collection.

  48. Mom C says:

    I love my Ginger dressmaker shears. I finally got the family educated to “Don’t touch, even touch Mom’s scissors!!!!” Now we have grandchildren! So I’m more careful about putting them away but the rule still applies. I have a small pair of scissors that I keep at my sewing machine but my fingers get stuck in the finger loops often. These sound like they are made for me. Thanks for the info.

  49. Linda says:

    I have a pair of snips that look a bit like tweezers. I love them, they are really sharp but not difficult to use (I have arthritis in my hands now and they can be painful trying to use scissors) – I can’t cut much fabric with them as they are only tiny but I hang them from my machine to cut bits and pieces and threads and….

  50. SewLindaAnn says:

    My fave scissors are my Gingher shears that I use to cut fabric lengths. I keep buying different small pairs of scissors looking for one that’s good for cutting small shapes. Maybe this is the one.

  51. Susan says:

    My Favorite Scissors… the pair I can find that will actually CUT the fabric!
    Right now, it is the red handled pair, not sure of the brand. I do know that a sharp pair of applique scissors is a MUST when working with this type of hand project!

  52. LizA. says:

    These look like great scissors. Most small scissors have such tiny holes for your fingers that I can’t use them. These look like they are big enou to fit my fingers.

  53. Julie Tepe says:

    I do not have a favorite. All of mine are inexpensive and have not had time to go get a good pair. Hard to find.

  54. Carol in E TN says:

    I have a pair of Gingher embroidery scissors, but I’d love to try the Olfa scissors! You can never have too many scissors, at least at my house! Thanks for the giveaway.

  55. I have different scissors for different needs. I have a small pair of cheapo ones in my binding bag, a pair of spring loaded fiskars for snipping apart piecing at my machine and ginghers for applique and any other fabric cutting needs. But cutting 6 layers at once… Whoo!!! :)

  56. Julie says:

    I just love scissors! I have three pair in the kitchen for different things. A pair in my scrap booking room, two pair with my embroidery, three pair near the sewing machine and of course a pair in my purse. You never know when you will need scissors.

  57. Leisa Den Beste says:

    I would have to say my most favorite pair of scissors are my very first pair that my Mother gave to me. They are dressmaker Ginghers. We had a great time using them when she would come to visit, making all kinds of fun things over the years. Thank you for the chance to win Olfa Scissors. I just started doing applique.

  58. Lee Ann says:

    I keep trying what new scissor products come out. I have MS so I look for ease of slice and manipulation.

  59. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I have an old pair of fiskars that I just love. We have had them sharpened and they work just like new

  60. Amy Bouchard says:

    My favorite sheers are my Mundial’s! They are super sharp and have a protective blade cover for when not in use. Love them!

  61. Laurie says:

    My favorite is a pair of Ginghers, Fleur-De-Lis embroidery scissors, probably because my son gave them to me ;) But, I would love to try the Olfa Precision Applique ones!

  62. Julie Naatz says:

    You can never have enough quality scissors! Thanks for the chance to win!

  63. Nancy says:

    I have a small pair of Fiskars that have an orange handle and are about the same size as these Olfa’s. Would love to win so I could compare the two and have a pair to keep with my travel sewing machine.

  64. Peggy Gibbs says:

    I like Fiskar scissors – I have a large pair and a small pair.

  65. Sheri says:

    Favorite scissors?………..the sharpest ones. :}

  66. Dorothy Reitsma says:

    My favourite scissors are Fiskars that don’t have a thumb hole but a spring to reopen them. They are so easy on the hands for cutting. I would love a pair of small scissors for snipping.

  67. I used to have a have a small pair Ginghers but recently lost them. I have no idea what happened to them. I was so upset when I lost them. I would love a replacement.

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