10 Best Sewing Scissors: What You Need in 2022 (2023)

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A good pair of sewing scissors is one of the most important tools in a sewer’s toolkit. When it comes to choosing a good pair of sewing scissors, always pick scissors that are sharp, durable, corrosion resistant, and the right tool for the job. Some people think they need a single pair of the “best scissors.” However, after years and years of sewing, I have learned that any project will be easier if I use scissors designed for the task at hand. That includes dressmaking, quilting, bag making, hand sewing, and embroidery scissors. And don’t forget to think about comfort. The size of your hand will influence the size of scissors that you can comfortably use and how lightweight or heavy they should be. Of course a lifetime warranty or lifetime guarantee is awesome too when shopping for scissors.

If you’re just getting into sewing, it’s likely that you got your first pair of scissors in a sewing kit. Sometimes these look nice when you get them, but often times they are cheaply produced and not well made.

What are the best sewing scissors?

Here are my top 10 picks for fabric cutting scissors. There are 3 pairs of scissors that I can’t sew without – and then more that I also recommend if you can afford it. I know that you’ll find a good pair of scissors to meet your needs in the list below.

Also don’t miss my 3 Tips for More Accurate Cutting with Scissors and a Rotary Cutter.

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1. Guggenhein 9’’ Dressmaker Shears

Every sewist needs to start with a large pair of tailors shears for cutting out fabric pattern pieces, trimming seams, and slicing through multiple layers of fabric.

These heavy-duty 9’’ Dressmaker Shears from Guggenhein are wonderful. They have longer blades than my other scissors, which makes them perfect dressmaking shears for cutting out large pattern pieces or quilting scissors for cutting yardage and batting. The sharp blades and strong tips are also great for clipping notches in thick seams – something smaller scissors struggle to do. This makes them great for cutting everything from lightweight cotton to thick fabrics like denim and also leather. The large blades also make it easier to cut a straight line. They have metal handles, but are still comfortable to hold, even after lots of use.

They are certainly premium tailor scissors, made of quality high carbon steel. The steel in these scissors are colored through a process called bluing, but most others just have a chrome or nickel coating. I bought 2 more pairs of these scissors to send to my sisters who sew. They love the length of the blade and razor edge too.

Note: I linked to Amazon so you can easily find them and read the reviews, but you’ll probably want to do a google search also to find the best price.


2. Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors

When I first started sewing I didn’t understand the value of having a small pair of scissors handy. I thought that big scissors could do everything, so why buy more? Well, I guess I was partly right, but with experience I learned that small scissors can make precise cuts easily, and accurately trim small pieces of fabric – such as for appliqué or small shapes cut with a template. They usually have very ergonomic, soft-grip handles, so if your hands tire easily or have arthritis, or just want to avoid hand fatigue, don’t torture yourself – get some high quality small scissors.

For that I recommend any made by Karen Kay Buckley, but I find the 7’’ size to be my favorite. These fabric scissors have handles that are large and comfortable, and they cut so easily and have great precision! I bought these when I had to pick just one pair of scissors to take on a sewing cruise and I was so happy to have them. As a bonus, these scissors have serrated blades, which is hard to see unless you look really close, but the serrated edges prevent fabrics from slipping.

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3. Thread snips

Here’s another sewing tool that took me way too long to discover. I must be a penny pincher! But this pair of Tula Pink thread snips that came as a bonus with my Tula Pink Bernina 770QE quickly became my favorite item in my sewing room. If you haven’t tried thread snips, you don’t know how much you need them ALL DAY LONG and for every project from quilting to embroidery. They cut fraying threads so nice and close without hurting my projects, and I never realized how wonderful it is to save all the energy that scissors require. As a bonus, the titanium coating of the scissors not only makes them tougher and makes them rust resistant, but gives them their beautiful color patterns.

I was constantly moving these around my sewing room until I bought more so I could have thread snips next to every sewing machine. I bought Havel brand thread snips to save a few bucks and they are a bit smaller and almost as amazing as my Tula Pink rainbow snips.

Okay, so once you are set with large shears, small easy to handle (and hopefully serrated) scissors, and some thread snips, you just might want to treat yourself more! Here are other scissors that I love:

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4. Spring loaded scissors for rag quilts

Rag quilts are so cuddly and fun to make (here’s my Ultimate Guide to Making Rag Quilts), but cutting all the snips in the seams can make your hands tired really fast. I ran out and bought a pair of Fiskars spring loaded heavy duty scissors before my first rag quilt was finished and I probably never would have finished that quilt without them! The soft plastic handles are easy on your hands, especially when they pop open by themselves after every cut. As a bonus, I’m still using that same pair many rag quilts later. The stainless steel blades are also a nice touch on these scissors, as I never have to worry about them corroding. So if you decide to make a rag quilt, get spring loaded scissors first thing instead of waiting.

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5. Kai 8’’ Pinking Shears

Pinking shears cut in a zigzag pattern, but they are for more than just decorative cutting! I use them for trimming seams that I don’t want to fray (when I’m too busy or lazy to finish the seam with my serger). And when you need to cut lots of notches in a curved seam to help it turn nicely, there’s nothing easier than grabbing some pinking shears and cutting them all in one swipe. The 8-inches of blade also allows me to make larger cuts, saving on time.

Kai brand scissors are great overall (I first discovered them at Quilt Market years ago), but I especially like their pinking shears. The handle is smooth and give a comfortable grip even when cutting through multiple layers.

I was told at a trade show that Kai offers free scissor sharpening if you pay for postage. Reach out to them through their website for more details.

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6. Double Curved Machine Embroidery Scissors

If you do machine embroidery you absolutely must have scissors double curved machine embroidery scissors. The purpose of the bent handle is to help you reach down into the hoop. You’ll be able to trim applique pieces and other fabrics in the hoop neatly and close to the stitching. Plus trimming jump threads is easier with the bent handles too.

I have purchased three different brands of 6’’ double curved machine embroidery scissors and my favorite are the Ginghers. They have the sharpest blades and are the easiest to cut with.

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7. Pretty Vintage Embroidery Scissors

Last of all, I love having pretty little scissors that I can take with me for hand sewing in different places. They don’t cost very much and since they are so small I have never had trouble taking them in places where my bags were searched (such as the hospital or on an airplane – but you’ll want to double check before you go). When people notice that I’m working on a hand sewing project they always notice my small scissors too! The scissors above were a gift but I’ve seen so many similar ones on Amazon.

Keep in mind that pretty scissors like these are best for cutting delicate fabrics and threads. The sharp tips make them great for cutting threads close to the fabric, but using them on heavy materials is not a good idea.

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8. Classic Gingher 8” Shears

Before I found my Guggenhein sheers (#1 above), Gingher 8″ dressmaking shears were my favorite scissors. I still have several pairs. They are very sharp, can be sharpened when needed, and they are made to last.

Tip: if you find these scissors become loose, gently tighten the screw that you see in the middle.

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9. Kai Pink Handled Scissors

These are also some of my favorite scissors (I know, I own too many). These Kai Pink Handled Scissors are a versatile size with a 6 1/2” blade that’s great for clipping and trimming seam allowances, cutting out small pattern pieces, and cutting applique shapes. The plastic handles are soft and comfortable.

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10. Handi Quilter Batting Scissors

If you are a quilter and cut batting often, you will will love using specialty batting scissors. Handi Quilter tools and notions are some of the best that I’ve found for quilters, so these Handi Quilter batting scissors are the brand that I went with. They are lightweight, yet long and sharp. I love the curve in the blade which makes it easy to cut batting on my table, the floor, or right on my longarm frame. If you cut a lot of batting, you will thank me!

As you can see we have so many different types of sewing scissors because there are so many different things to sew and materials to use! Remember to keep your sewing scissors separate from other crafting and paper scissors in order to keep them sharp as long as possible. By investing in high quality scissors, you’ll be able to get them sharpened and keep using your favorite scissors for years to come. \

Those were all my favorite scissors… what are yours? How many pairs of scissors to you have? Have I missed some that you can’t sew without? Let us know in the comments.

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If you love your scissors like I do, you might even sew them a patchwork case like this.

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P.S Once you have the best sewing scissors, make your self the best cutting table too!

You might also like my recommendations for Sewing Machines you can buy on Amazon.

Happy sewing,

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What are the best scissors ever? ›

The Best Scissors for the Best Design Results
  • 1 Gingher Scissors – Best Overall.
  • 2 Fiskars Scissors – Best for Fabric.
  • 3 Karen Kay Buckley Scissors – Most Comfortable Grip.
  • 4 Scotch Kids Scissors – Best for Kids.
  • 5 Karen Kay BuckleyScissors – Sharpest Blade.
Jan 17, 2023

What scissors do professional tailors use? ›

Professional Tailor Shears
  • The 12″ side bent tailor's shears are the ultimate tool for an amatuer to uplevel to a professional tool.
  • The scissors is so well balanced, it takes surprisingly little effort to maneuver a tool of this weight. ...
  • These shears hold their sharp edge and will last generations.

Why are Fiskars scissors so good? ›

"Tailors' scissors were horrendously expensive, so Fiskars took the shape and cast it in a cheap material -- plastic," said Korvenmaa. "Rather than being forged from iron, the blades were made from pressed steel which was held together by a single piece of metal in the middle.

What type of scissors are the sharpest? ›

The ARTnews Recommends Editors
  • ARTnews RECOMMENDS. Fiskars Softgrip Scissors. ...
  • WE ALSO LIKE. Westcott Pointed Titanium Bonded Scissors. ...
  • ANOTHER GOOD OPTION. Singer ProSeries Detail Scissors. ...
  • TOP OF THE LINE. Fiskars Titanium Micro-Tip Easy Action Scissors. ...
  • ALSO CONSIDER. DMC Embroidery Scissors.
Jul 1, 2022

What is the best scissor for cutting jeans? ›

Tailor scissors are most often used to cut through thick or heavy-duty cloth. Because they are often sturdier and thicker than other sewing shears, they can handle cutting through multiple layers of fabric, or thick fabrics like leather and denim. Tailor scissors are often used for crafts like quilting or leatherwork.

What scissors do stylists use? ›

Convex edge scissors are the sharpest and smoothest cutting blades and are perfect for slice cutting and chopping in. Hairdressing thinning scissors have one full blade and one 'toothed' blade that looks like a comb.

How can you tell quality scissors? ›

A great pair of scissors will be very sharp. They will cut through paper, fabric, and any other material the manufacturer states they are suitable for. The best quality scissors have blades made from tempered or stainless steel and will be totally resistant to rust and corrosion.

Are Japanese scissors the best? ›

Japanese-made haircutting scissors are considered the best in the world. They are handmade by master craftsmen in Japan who have been perfecting their work through generations. Unfortunately, the professional scissor manufacturing industry in the United States is unregulated.

What are the best scissors for trimming seam allowance? ›

Duckbill scissors—often used for appliqué—are ideal for trimming and grading seams. The “duckbill” on one side of the blade prevents you from cutting into your fabric as you trim the seam allowance.

What are small sewing scissors called? ›

Embroidery Scissors: These are small scissors that are used to make delicate snips to threads.

How do you sharpen sewing scissors? ›

Sharpen with Sandpaper

Use high quality, fine-grit sandpaper between #180 and #220 to sharpen your scissors! Fold the sandpaper in half, so both sides are gritted, and cut through the paper using all the blades' edges on your blunt scissors.

How do I choose fabric scissors? ›

If you can't get the scissors out of the box to test, ask if there is a sample you can try. If the scissors doesn't feel good in your hands or if it feels too heavy, then you should try another set. Good quality scissors should feel firm in their action, but still silky smooth.

What are the toughest scissors in the world? ›

The Fiskars ShopBoss is marketed as "the ultimate hardware snip," but we consider it to be the world's most badass pair of scissors because it's capable of doing so many of the extra-scissicculor activities we often ask scissors to do.

Is Fiskars made in China? ›

Did you know that many of the popular Fiskars products are designed, manufactured and tested in Finland?

Are Fiskars the best? ›

Fiskars is a brand well known in both the professional and the homeowner realm for providing innovative and long-lasting tools. If you have ever used their small gardening tools, you can instantly tell the difference between them and their less expensive counterparts.

Are Gingher scissors made by Fiskars? ›

Fiskars Brands, known for its orange-handled scissors and its gardening tools, has acquired Gingher, a Greensboro, N.C., company that makes high-quality scissors and shears.

What's the fastest way to sharpen scissors? ›

The best methods for sharpening scissors are on diamond or ceramic plates or rods, or fine belt sharpeners like the Work Sharp Original Knife and Tool Sharpener. If you don't have these tools you can use a honing rod or even a piece of hardened steel like a drill bit.

What are the four types of scissors? ›

Here are the types of scissors/shears you will likely find in a sewing room or art studio:
  • Dress Maker Shears:
  • Tailor Shears:
  • Pinking Shears:
  • Small Fabric Scissors for More Intricate Cuts:
  • Embroidery Scissors:
  • Double Curved Embroidery Scissors.
  • Snips:
  • Heavy Duty Shop Snips:
Sep 24, 2021

What Stitch is best for jeans? ›

A chain link stitches one uninterrupted thread that is intertwined with itself as it passes through the fabric. This type of stitch is very commonly found on denim jeans. It's strong enough to use on denim fabric and many people like the look of the roping effect that chain link stitches create on denim jeans.

What is the most flattering cut of jeans? ›

Mid-Rise. This is the most figure-friendly rise out there; comfortable for all body types, and a bit of a secret weapon for all of us who want a little more structure around our midsection. Mid-rise jeans are also really compatible with just about any top length, which makes them a great go-to all around.

What size scissors should I buy? ›

To choose an all-around cutting tool, you should measure the length of the blade against your middle finger, and the overall length of the scissor against the extended palm of your hand. Most women are more comfortable working with a 5.5” or 6.0" scissor, while most men prefer a 6.0” or 6.5” shear.

What is the difference between sewing scissors and sewing shears? ›

The blade on shears is usually longer and sharper than on a pair of scissors. This will cut cleanly without ragged edges. The sharper blade and better grip makes this the sturdier tool.

Are Matsui scissors good? ›

Matsui Scissors is a brand that's often talked about as a top scissor brand, and it's not hard to see why. They offer high-quality scissors that are available in a range of eye-catching designs. They're made from Japanese steel and there's a range of options for different hairdressing tasks.

What special scissors do tailors use? ›

Dressmaker's shears have a long blade and a handy point to clip and notch the curves. These blades have a knife's edge which can cut the fabric in acute angles.

Are Gingher scissors the best? ›

Overall Take

The blades offer longer cuts for long swaths of fabric, making them perfect for following patterns or cutting seams. These are precise are easy to use. In our analysis of 17 expert reviews, the Gingher Knife Edge Fabric Scissors, 8-Inch placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category.

Are titanium scissors better than stainless steel? ›

Titanium is molecularly stronger than steel so scissor blades can be sharpened to a much sharper edge than steel because even a thinner kerf blade can hold its shape better than steel. So not only are titanium scissors stronger than steel, they can be sharper.

What are Kelly scissors? ›

Description: Kelly scissor used for different purposes, such as cutting of the gums, sutures or bandages. With smooth or toothed/serrated blades and pointed or beveled tips for specific different surgical purposes.

Are Fiskars and Gingher the same? ›

Fiskars Brands, known for its orange-handled scissors and its gardening tools, has acquired Gingher, a Greensboro, N.C., company that makes high-quality scissors and shears.

Did Fiskars buy Gingher? ›

Fiskars Corporation Stock Exchange Release February 16, 2005 9 a.m.

Is Gingher a German company? ›

Stamped "Gingher" but manufactured in Italy; NOT Solingen, Germany, NOT even Greensboro, NC.


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