Running with Scissors - part 3

Running with Scissors - part 3

I know you have been wondering what wonderful and fun facts I can share with you about scissors.  Maybe these questions will come up in your next trivia pursuit game.  I hope so, you will be awesome.

I KNOW, I KNOW!! Rotary cutters have become your favorite friend.  Not to hurt their feelings but scissors still have a vital role in sewing.  

First off Is it ‘Scissor’ or ‘Scissors’?  Want a quick English lesson? Remember deer, a heard of deer and one deer (unless it’s a dear).    ‘Scissors’ is another of those unusual nouns that is both singular and plural in the same form: scissors. You can have a bunch of scissors or just one.

Another fun fact is that Scissor (without an s) is a verb. Like you move your legs like ‘scissoring’ in an exercise.

Next, What’s the difference between a Scissors and a Shears?  A Scissors can only take one finger in each finger ring. I didn’t know that, huh.

A shears will allow more than one finger in the finger ring. Scissors are normally used to refer to cutting implements less than 6 inches in length and the two finger loops are equal in size. These are designed for lighter cutting tasks.   They usually have one sharp point and one blunt point to prevent snagging fabrics. But, with needlepoint scissors both blades are pointed. Shears are normally longer than 6”and the rings are different size usually one round and one ova)l. They can be bent or straight.  The ones that are bent make it convenient for cutting on a tabletop. AHA! That is how it got its name “dressmaker” scissors. The straight format  more general purpose and are known as “household” scissors.

One final fun fact.  

‘Leftie’ Scissors Facts

The main difference between right- and left-handed scissors lies in the way the blades are coupled. When you open a standard pair of scissors, the blade that is on the right side usually goes up, while the one on the left side slides down. It makes no difference if you turn over the scissors.

These fun facts are from Londa’s Creative Sewing.

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Wow its already the middle of April.  I’ll be posting Free PDF that will help with the transition from Brrrr to more comfortable weather.  Hope you enjoy our posts and please share your project with us at on Instagram  #Chateausew&show.

Available Monday, April 17 is Simple & Versatile Drawstring Bag.  It is a beginner level and easy.  This tote will be great at farmers markets or regular shopping days.  Plus a great place to stash your sport shores.

We have plenty of cute fabrics for your tote or all the projects you have in mind. Chateau Sew & Sew is waiting to help you.  Call or come by.  

Remember to check out Monday’s, April 10 free PDF   Free Spirit Fabrics – Love Always Tote Come back next week in our journey of running with Scissors.

Happy sewing (and snipping)

Karen and Susan

Easy Steamed Asparagus


  • 1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add asparagus. Add enough water to just cover the bottom of the pan. Cover and let steam until asparagus is easily pierced with a knife, 3 to 5 minutes. 
  2. Toss asparagus with butter and season with salt and pepper. Serve with lemon wedges.