Finding the Best Sewing Scissors

Fabric scissors

Know this; the kids and spouse will attempt to use your fabric cutting scissors for all sorts of things. Hide them. Guard them. Lock them up. They must be kept sharp and ready at a moment’s notice. They are for cutting fabric only.

If you’re just getting started quilting/sewing, I recommend getting:

  1. Comfortable, sharp dressmaker shears. No need to spend more than $15-$25.
  2. A small pair of thread snips/clippers.

Buy On Sale

If you’re having a hard time parting with $25 for a pair of sewing scissors and if you have a Jo-Ann’s or Beverly’s near you, use the coupons from the Sunday paper. If you have a smartphone, you can download an app. I know Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s have Android apps. I don’t think Beverly’s does, but they do honor competitors’ coupons. If you buy online at Amazon and you have a credit card that can link to Amazon, you can use your credit card points to shop. 1 point = $1.

UPDATE:  I just found some direct links to current printable coupons. How sweet is that! We don’t need no stinkin’ newspaper or smartphone. But seriously, I couldn’t live without my smartphone. Sad, I know.

Fabric Scissors

I basically use one pair of 8-1/2″ Fiskars Razor Edged scissors. I’ve had them for many years and they stay sharp right to the tip. They’re nothing fancy, but they always get the job done. The closest thing they have to them now are these…

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Notice the bent angle on them. This type of design is typically called a “dress makers’ shears” because the handle and blade are not inline with each other which allows the blade to remain flat on the table top surface when cutting fabric. So when shopping for a pair of scissors for cutting fabric, look for the words “bent” or “dressmaker”. You’ll be hatin’ life if you get anything else. Oh, and comfort-fit handles, especially if you’ll be cutting thick fabric.

Fiskars makes some good scissors and they’re really isn’t any reason to get something more expensive unless you sew have a reason for something else.

Gingher makes some pretty fancy-pants scissors (up to $200), but I just don’t care for their handles. Too thin and uncomfortable. I do have a pair of their nylon handle featherweight shears. They’re useless for cutting thick fabric. They actually have “give” to them and it’s like trying to cut with rubber blades.

Kai makes some pretty decent dressmaker scissors. They’ve got very good reviews.

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Small Thread Snippers

For thread snipping, I use Gingher Featherweight thread clippers. My mom got them for me for Christmas over 20 years ago. They still make them. I LOVE them. They’re razor sharp… well, they were until some little grandson cut Lord knows WAHT with them and now they have the tiniest little nick in them. grrrrr

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The little Gingher stork scissors (embroidery) are also good for snipping thread and are also very sharp. I have a pair. The design is very comfortable. It’s like they become an extension of my fingers.

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I also have a pair of pinking shears, but I never use them. Beats me why I have them. Must have been one of those “I NEED these because they’re on sale and my mom has some…” type of purchases.

HOT TIP: It’s OK to have a couple glasses of wine when using scissors. Just don’t run with the wine.

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