Advice on sewing scissors ✂ 😀

“Sorry Marvin. It says right here: Using her fabric scissors for cutting paper IS grounds for divorce.”

– said any sewist!

We shalt see why in this email. 

Here is a short summary on different scissors used by sewists. 

Dressmaker scissors and tailor scissors: the sheets of the tailor shears are usually between 10 and 20 cm long and are made of steel. One of the eyes is larger than the other. Tailor shears are excellent for cutting fabrics and patterns with ease and precision. The size of the dressmaker scissors, between 7 and 15 cm, is usually smaller than that of the tailor, but the eyes are usually the same size. To cut fabric, we will choose the scissors with the longest possible blades, as long as they are comfortable when cutting.

Buttonhole scissors: small scissors with sharp pointed blades, specially designed to open buttonholes.

Pinking shears: scissors that, when cutting, create a zigzag edge, to prevent the fabric from fraying. These scissors should not be used to cut the first pattern and fabric marking.

Thread clipper: small shear specially designed to cut loose threads and small surfaces. It is usually used to cut the remaining threads at both ends of a seam.

Paper scissors: paper scissors are clearly used for paper and anything else that is not fabric. They are less expensive then fabric shears but will not last as long on fabric because the blades will eventually become dull and create jagged edges. However they are perfect for paper! Using fabric shears on paper will dull the blades quickly making it harder to cut precisely. That is the difference between fabric shears and paper scissors. And when someone uses your fabric shears on paper, you’ll understand the pain.

Sewing tip: Both dressmaker’s and tailor’s scissors should undergo professional sharpening periodically to maintain optimum cutting capacity. Some manufacturers offer a service of sharpening and repair for life, paying a small cost in concept of transport.

Now that you know more about scissors, it’s time to get back to sewing. Here is my list of recommended sewing accessories and tools. Sometimes inventory can finish really fast, so order them today, and use my affiliate links to get the best prices.


Dressmaker Shears:
Buttonhole scissors:
Pinking shears:
Thread clipper:
Paper scissors:

Other sewing tools and materials:

Color Head Straight Pins:
Hand Needles:
Pin Cushion “Hedgehog”
Professional Tailors Chalk
Tracing Paper
Tracing Wheel
Bias Tape Maker

With love,

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