Types of Sewing Scissors

So, a couple days ago, we wrote about why we protect our sewing scissors with our life. But, there are more then just basic sewing scissors. What scissors do we need to complete our sewing kit?

Embroidery scissors

Embroidery scissors have thin, sharp tip that is recommended for an accurate and safe cutting of threads at the back of an embroidery. They are generally small in size, and its length ranges between 3-6 inches long.

Some have a curved tip, great for getting real close to trim a thread in the middle of a design, and others are straight, also good for an up-close trim. They’re both a part of my collection and I use them regularly!


Rotary cutter

A rotary cutter is usually used in quilting and goes along with a rotary mat. It is versatile and can be used in cutting a lot of materials such as fabric, leather or paper. You can cut multiple layers of fabric materials all at the same time using your rotary scissors.

Pinking shears

This saw-toothed pair of scissors leaves a zig-zag design on the fabric edge after cutting. Oftentimes used for cutting seam edges to keep them from unraveling.  You can use this in trimming your fabric edges before washing them to prevent excessive fraying.

Applique scissors

The paddle-shaped blade pushes away the bottom layer of fabric for flawless controlled cuts close to the stitching.

Heavy duty shears

You can use this for cutting heavy-duty fabrics or the toughest clothing materials without slipping from your fingers. This is best for carpet or upholstery.

Hopefully this handy little guide will help you get the scissors you need for your sewing room. Tell me, what type of scissors are your favorite or go-to?

Happy sewing!

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