So, meet my new best friend:


These are knife edge applique scissors perfect for getting down, dirty, and close to the surface of your work without stabbing through or leaving annoying little bits of thread that you are too chicken (or smartly reserved) to get. They took care of this mess in no time flat:


Now, technically, these are “applique” scissors, but I’ve used them in all of my detail work where I need to get really close to the fabric, and they are wonderful. Mine are Gingher brand and worth every penny.