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Hi all!  I am sorry to start a new discussion, but searched and couldn't find one related specifically to questions/issues that lefty's have.  I am in search of a few tools made for lefties, most crucial being a pair of great quality detail scissors.  I am also curious to know if companies even make paper cutters for left-handed users, and I have searched online with no luck yet.  Any and all tips, suggestions, links, etc, would be most appreciated!! Thanks!

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I haven't found anything of any quality for lefties, so have simply learned to use what's out there.. It took a little time to get used to, but now it's second nature...  As for paper trimmers, since it's only a swing arm, I found it was easier to hold the paper in place with my left hand, and just drop the arm with my right.. My left controlled where the cut went anyway.  The slide-blade trimmers are neither right nor left, IMO.  Just flip it which ever way you want...  Now, the only things I still do with my left hand are write, color, hold things, and wash dishes.  :)

Jacqueline,

I fall into that bucket also.  I am not only left handed but a senior citizen, it takes me twice as long to make one card.  I won't give up as it keeps me active and makes me use my hands.  I will say this, it looks to me like Melanie M. on Gina's team is a lefty so see if you can send her a message via Stamp TV or her Website she may have some tips as I don't think we have been recognized by the companies as another income stream.

If I was younger, you can bet your bottom dollar I would be all over that at least for fussy cutting snips. Maybe we should get a petition typed up and send it to Fiskars!  I have never called them but I have thought about it.  That's what being retired means you can think of a million things to start a movement! LOL

Paula

As a lefty myself I only use the Fiskars brand for my scissors.  Their left handed scissors are very comfortable and even though I can use the right handed ones I feel the left ones are better. For the paper trimmer I think we are just out of luck since if you flip it to the other side the arm is on the top.  I do use the large 12x12 trimmer so there is no issue with the arm if I am doing a lot of cutting.  Good luck

As a fellow lefty, the best pair I've found was through leftyslefthanded.com  They have a 5-inch pair of precision scissors that I recently ordered.  It's taking some getting used to using them, only because I've always butchered my way around fussy cutting with right handed scissors.  They're very sharp and I've happy with them.

Crystal -- Can you look at  2 pairs and compare?  the blades are set up differently aren't they?  I have used pairs that say for either right or left hand, but I think the only change made to those is to make the handle comfortable for either hand --  please keep us posted as to hoe it goes -- I was just on their website so I'm glad I have someone who can give an informed opinion especially for our paper crafting needs -- thanks!!!

Crystal Rasmussen said:

As a fellow lefty, the best pair I've found was through leftyslefthanded.com  They have a 5-inch pair of precision scissors that I recently ordered.  It's taking some getting used to using them, only because I've always butchered my way around fussy cutting with right handed scissors.  They're very sharp and I've happy with them.

Ok, here's my take on the different scissors out that I've used.  Jacqueline' right that the scissors made for either hand still have the blade setup for right-handed users.  The dilemma I find with using any of those types of scissors is that it's really difficult to cut right on a line.  It's ok if I want to leave a small border around the image, because what looks like right on the line to me is actually a bit off the line.

The scissors from Lefty's have a 2 1/2 inch cutting surface (from the hinge area) are slightly longer than Cutterbee's (2 inch from the hinge) and definitely a little stiffer.  There's a screw that holds the blades together, but I'm waiting to see if they loosen a little with use rather than start messing with the tension.  Also, the handles on the Lefty's scissors are not as padded as the Cutterbee, which is a bummer.  I also have the Lefty's light-weight shears, and they have a padded handle and are really easy to use.  The blades are a bit longer, more like 3 1/2 inches, but the scissors are really well balanced.

I think most lefty's have been able to adapt to right-handed scissors over the years, and I'll continue to use both,  especially the Cutterbee's, but it's nice to have a couple of pairs that fit my hand and allow me to do more precise cutting or cutting for a longer period of time.

My two cents....what about the Tim Holtz brand?  I see a lot of YouTube crafters who use them.

I'm not left-handed so I can't help with the scissors; however I use a Fiskars paper trimmer/cutter and it looks like it would work just as well for left-handed people.  The only thing is that the numbers would be upside down, but you would control the slide cutter with your left hand. I bought mine at Michaels for around $30. It's not the least expensive nor the most expensive and I like the way is cuts.


Re: the Tim Holtz scissors...  I had them and returned them, because I couldnt get used to the bulk after using Cutterbees for so long.. they are sharp, tho.


Crystal Rasmussen said:

Ok, here's my take on the different scissors out that I've used.  Jacqueline' right that the scissors made for either hand still have the blade setup for right-handed users.  The dilemma I find with using any of those types of scissors is that it's really difficult to cut right on a line.  It's ok if I want to leave a small border around the image, because what looks like right on the line to me is actually a bit off the line.

The scissors from Lefty's have a 2 1/2 inch cutting surface (from the hinge area) are slightly longer than Cutterbee's (2 inch from the hinge) and definitely a little stiffer.  There's a screw that holds the blades together, but I'm waiting to see if they loosen a little with use rather than start messing with the tension.  Also, the handles on the Lefty's scissors are not as padded as the Cutterbee, which is a bummer.  I also have the Lefty's light-weight shears, and they have a padded handle and are really easy to use.  The blades are a bit longer, more like 3 1/2 inches, but the scissors are really well balanced.

I think most lefty's have been able to adapt to right-handed scissors over the years, and I'll continue to use both,  especially the Cutterbee's, but it's nice to have a couple of pairs that fit my hand and allow me to do more precise cutting or cutting for a longer period of time.

My two cents....what about the Tim Holtz brand?  I see a lot of YouTube crafters who use them.

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