I'm not a professional seamstress. I don't use these shears to make my living, but I do quite a lot of fabric related hobbies. I cut a lot of fabric. I most often use a rotary cutter for straight lines (I do a lot of quilting), but when I need to cut curves I like my Gingher 8 inch knife edge dressmakers shears. They have a nice weight and balance. The blades are sharp and cut anything from fine silky fabrics to denim. They wiz through fleece and layers of cotton gingham. I like that I can use the same pair of shears whether I am cutting one layer or several, silky or rough, tick or thin. I use my Ginghers regularly and have for several years. They are still sharp and cut well. I only use them for fabric, but I haven't had them sharpened in that time. I doubt they are the best shears on the market (ask a professional for that type of advice), but for someone looking for a reasonably priced, easily found pair of shears for hobby use... look no further than Ginghers 8" Knife Edge Dressmakers Shears.
San Antonio, TX