|EC Cutter $100|
|Totally worthless junk|
These are the new breed of electric scissors. I say new because I had electric scissors when I was a kid, and they had a cord and were totally stupid.
|Black and Decker $20|
At work the rotary cutting was starting to really hurt my wrist. When I don't have an assistant I often cut projects for 60+ kids a week and it was literally wearing me out. These electric scissors were exactly what I needed to fill the space between home style rotary cutters and industrial fabric saws. As I explain in the video the B&Ds are much better suited for occasional use as I wore out the blades at work in a matter of weeks. The EC has a carbide insert that allows the blade to keep it's edge what seems like forever and they still cut like they day they were new. I go over the specifics of each in the video and I encourage you to watch and find out which tool will suite your needs. I will say that I still only have the B&Ds at home and they're totally sufficient for most of my home cutting needs. However when I want to cut 8 silk knit t-shirts out at one time I'll bring home the EC heavy hitters...
Cutting fabric (or anything for that matter) with electric scissors is like passing a hot knife through butter. I personally guarantee you will wonder how you lived without cordless electric scissors in your sewing room. The trick is to practice with them as they're so "sharp" that any wrist wiggle or extra movement is instantly transferred to your cut line. That being said they're perfectly safe for use around kids as it's next to impossible to get your finger into the actual cutting area where the blades come together. When you're the one using them they're so much fun you might be completely oblivious to the buzzing noise but it can be a little irritating to others in the vicinity. Learn to cut without resting the bottom blade on the table and they're quite a bit quieter.
There are two related videos, the first is more or less a review of both tools. The second video is one I shot a few weeks ago as I was cutting out my last most recent pair of jeans. The audio was screwy on that so I dumped the original audio and give a pretty verbose voice over. Lucky you!
And the cutting video: