How to Choose the Right Sewing Scissors

To begin, you probably already have some sewing scissors. Most people have sewing shears for cutting out, as well as thread snips or embroidery scissors for snipping threads. Although I’ve seen a lot of sewers use their large cutting shears for snipping threads, I find that awkward. I prefer embroidery scissors myself—they have fine blades that let you get in close and snip off fine thread in small areas.

In addition, I find tailors points are handy for trimming seams, clipping curves, or performing other small cutting jobs while you sew. They are a lot easier to use than shears, again because they are smaller and will do a neater job.

A selection of different sewing scissors

Scissors from left to right, quilter's rotary cutter, embroidery scissors, tailors points, duck-billed applique scissors, sewing shears for cutting out fabric.

Besides these common types of scissors, I like duck-billed scissors, used by quilters and appliqué sewers--they're very useful for close trimming on hems and seams. They will fit in underneath one layer of fabric and trim closely without damaging the fabric beneath that.

Besides these various types of scissors, a quilter’s rotary cutter is very useful for cutting out small items like doll clothes. Often, you can get more control with a rotary cutter than with your big shears. Get one that has a one-inch blade or smaller.

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