Unfortunately, when I went to try it, my fabric scissors were nowhere to be found.
Fortunately, this motivated me to clean up my sewing room.
Unfortunately, I STILL couldn’t find them.
Fortunately, I’d been thinking of getting another pair anyway, since my old ones no longer cut to the very tip, which makes notching difficult.
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of time in my week-days lately to trot off to the fabric store.
Fortunately, there’s a shop called Sewing World on my walk from work to the train. They sell sewing machines, sewing gizmos, and notions, albeit with a bit of a focus on the quilter.
Unfortunately they’re usually closed by the time I leave work.
Fortunately, one morning this week I managed to get in early enough to stop on my way too work.
Unfortunately they have about eighty bazillion different sizes, styles, and price-points of scissors to choose from.
Fortunately, the lady working was willing to pull out about a dozen, mostly Ginghers, and provide fabric samples for me to snip up.
Unfortunately, the best-quality Ginghers have metal handles. This makes them very pretty and sturdy, but sets off some nerve damage in my thumb.
Fortunately, she pulled out another kind that cut even better than the Ginghers.
Unfortunately, they were really large. This wasn’t a problem for the blade length so much as that my fingers flopped around in the handle. Maybe they’re men’s fabric scissors.
Fortunately, the lady promptly called up her supplier and ordered in a couple of pairs of the same kind in a smaller model.
Unfortunately, they won’t be in until next week at the earliest and I need scissors right away. However, I didn’t want to buy an expensive pair when there was a pretty good chance I’d be coming back for the freakin’ sweet crazy ones in a week or two.
Fortunately, there were some “Featherweight” Ginghers, which while not as awesome as the regular Ginghers, were still pretty sweet, and most importantly, have a plastic handle and are much cheaper. So I have new fabric scissors!
Unfortunately, the plastic extends along the blades, making an odd lump, so that even though the seam allowance gauges still stick, they angle downward too sharply to really work, plus the magnetism isn’t quite as strong so it would get knocked off easily.
Fortunately, I might even have time to come to my senses about the price of those godlike scissors by the time they’re in stock.
Although I wouldn’t bet on it.
And in the meantime, I have new scissors anyway! And they snip! So my notches will (hopefully) no longer resemble irregular blobs somewhere in the general vicinity of where they’re marked on the pattern. Hooray!
PS: writing in that “fortunately, unfortunately” format is kinda addictive. I find my thoughts now composing everything as a series of fortunate and unfortunate happenings.