I hope no one will think this is off-topic, but I desperately need help from some experts on scissors sharpening. To get to the point, short of buying a professional $800 machine, how can I make my scissors razor sharp?
I am a serious quilter and I use scissors constantly on fabric. I dull my scissors rapidly and have not figured out a satisfactory way to sharpen them. So I have 2 piles. The 6 or 8 pairs that are sharp (and usable) and the 3-4 pairs that are dull (and not usable). We're talking scissors that are 20-30$ a pair.
I have tried all the DIY tips that I can find: cutting aluminum foil (doesn't work), cutting sandpaper (doesn't work), a small $2 Fiskar sharpener that you draw the blades through (doesn't work), I tried a old-fashioned electric machine that rotates some kind of rough honing surface and holds your blade at a certain angle (doesn't work). I tried using a steel like I use for my knives, but maybe I wasn't doing it at the right angle (didn't work).
Can anyone help teach me how to do it or recommend a machine, say under $100 that will do it for me?
Thanks very much,