Sure, you probably have one (or more) pairs of scissors lying around, but are any of them high-quality?

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Much like a chef's knife is an extension of his arm, a pair of scissors is the primary tool of most any crafter. It doesn't matter if you're stitching, sewing or scrapbooking -- you need a decent pair of scissors. Look for a pair that are hot-dropped forged from steel, meaning that the blade and handle are made from one piece of metal. A good pair should cost around $30.