Shortly after I got married, electric scissors came onto the market. I acquired a pair, don’t remember if they were a gift or what, but they were actually quite fantastic. You just pressed a button and the little teeth moved rapidly up and down and cut cleanly through the fabric. I loved them and used them a lot, but they were eventually killed by heavy decorator fabric.
Beanbag chairs came into fashion about the same time, and I made three of them. One was a wedding present for my sister-in-law. The fabric I used was a very heavy herculon fabric with some sort of plasticy backing to it. The other was for us, and we used it for years. The third was another cover for ours when we wore out the first one. The chairs were really a huge pear-shaped structure of sewn panels that were wider at the bottom. There was a round bottom piece that had a zipper across the middle. The hardest part of the whole sewing job was getting the stuffing into the chair. We would buy the absolutely huge bag (taller than we were) of pellets that looked like styrofoam beads at the fabric store and then try to insert the pellets into the beanbag without them flying all over the room. They were extremely lightweight and stuck to everything with static. First we would cut a hole in the pellet bag, then insert the end of this bag into the chair cover zipper opening, then try to coax the pellets into the beanbag. It was a two-person job. After this was done, we had to vacuum everything in sight to get up the wayward pellets.
Cutting out those chairs in the heavy fabric burned out my electric scissors somehow. I have missed them for years. I see that there are still some on the market, Black and Decker for instance, so I am going to have to check them out and revisit my youth.