Types of Sewing Scissors and Shears you need for cutting in 2023

Types Sewing Scissors and Shears

Buying only a sewing machine is insufficient for sewing jobs; therefore, you will need different sewing accessories to make your work easier. 

Among all other supplies, the most important is SCISSORS. Because you cannot make shirts, jeans, sew patches or any other type of design if you do not cut fabrics. 

Furthermore, depending on your workload, you will require different scissors. However, if you are a beginner, you will need a few of them, and if you are a seasoned sewer, the scenario will be different. 

So which scissors do you need and which don’t? Proceed to the article to know everything. 

A MUST-READ NOTE

In this blog post, I will often use two terms: SCISSORS and SHEARS. So first know them, then read further details.

  • Scissors: The cutting instrument consists of two blades that can be opened and closed by inserting thumbs and fingers through rings on their handles and are used for cutting fabrics and other materials.
  • Shears: their blades are larger than scissors blades; further, they are similar in all aspects. 

10 Types Of Sewing Scissors And Shears For Cutting

1. Regular Scissors 

Key points: For Regular fabrics cutting

These scissors are used to cut normal kinds of fabrics at the domestic level. They are normal in size but a little smaller than heavy-duty scissors. The best thing about these scissors is that you can easily cut light to heavy fabrics. 

Regular Scissors

Important considerations

  • Who should use: All types of tailors and sewers (both left-handed and Right-handed people) 
  • Where to use: At homes, shops, etc.
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: For all types of Cutting jobs. 
  • Size: Different sizes, but the most common is 7 to 10 inches in length.

2. Thin Shear 

Key points: It is used for sharpening buttonholes and less demanding work.

Thin shears are different from other shears and scissors as their intended use is to sharpen buttonholes, remove extra fabrics from the edges of dresses, or cut threads from narrow places. 

These shears are slim and pointed on the front. These are ideal shears for people who like to use lightweight instruments or want to cut light fabrics.

Thin Shear

Important considerations

  • Who should use: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced sewers (both left-handed and Right-handed people) 
  • Where to use: At homes, shops, and some small industries. 
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: Not for big industries.
  • Size: Different sizes, but the most common is 5 to 7 inches in length.

3. Thread Clipper

Key Point: For Threads Nipping 

They are the smallest scissors used to cut extra threads from fabrics. Thread Clippers are also perfect for nipping fabric parts that have frayed. You don’t need these scissors throughout the cutting, but only sometimes when you need to tweak the threads. 

Thread Clipper

Important considerations

  • Who should use: Every sewer (Both Left-handed and Right-handed people).  
  • Where to use: At homes and shops. 
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: Not for big industries or cutting tough fabrics.
  • Size: Around 5 to 10 inches long.

4. Bent Handle Scissors

Key points: For Cutting, Fabrics laid flat on a table

As the name suggests, this needle is bent at the blade area and used primarily for cutting straight lines on fabrics. The main purpose of this type of scissors is to cut materials laid flat on a table. They are mostly used by beginners who cannot cut fabrics straight with normal or heavy-duty scissors. They are easy to handle because their handles are made with great grip.

Bent Handle Scissors

Important considerations

  • Who should use it: Perfect for beginners and intermediate sewers.
  • Where to use: At homes, shops, and industries. 
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: Not for different types of cutting because of limited usability.
  • Size: Different sizes, but the most common is around 10 in.

5. Buttonhole scissors 

Key points: It is used to open stitched buttonholes

Buttonhole scissors are another crucial pair of scissors that everyone should have because they are used to opening already-made buttonholes without damaging the stitches. 

Fortunately, these scissors have an adjustable screw to adjust the blades so you can cut all buttonholes at an even length.

Buttonhole scissors

Important considerations

  • Who should use: Every sewer (Both Left-handed and Right-handed people). 
  • Where to use: At homes, shops, and some small industries. 
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: Not for big industries. 
  • Size: Different sizes, but the most common is 4.5 inches long.

6. Left-handed scissors

Key points: only for left-handed sewers

These are specialized scissors made only for left-handed people and are opposite to right-handed scissors. The blades are reversed to allow you to see the cutting line and get a better cut if you are left-handed.

Left-handed scissors

Important considerations

  • Who should use: Only left-handed people. 
  • Where to use: At homes, shops, and some small industries. 
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: Not right-handed people. 
  • Size: Different sizes, but the most common is 9 inches long / 4 inches wide.

7. Applique scissors 

Key points: For Applique fabrics 

They are specifically designed to trim appliqué fabric after you have stitched it down and before sewing over the raw edges of the appliqué fabric with a final satin stitch. They have duckbills on the lower blade while the upper blade remains straight as those of general scissors.

Applique scissors

Important considerations

  • Who should use: Every sewer (Left-handed and Right-handed people). 
  • Where to use: At homes, shops, and some small industries. 
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: Not for big industries. 
  • Size: 4.5 inches to 6 inches long.

8. Electronic Shears 

Key points: For cutting extremely thick or multiple layers of fabrics 

These types of shears are used in industrial-level works where someone has to cut multiple layers of fabric at once. So this will help numerous layers easily, which you cannot do with manual scissors. 

Please ensure you only use it for industrial-level cuttings, not home, because it is expensive and perfect for the toughest fabrics.

Electronic Shears

Important considerations

  • Who should use: Industrial workers (Left-handed and Right-handed people). 
  • Where to use: In Industries.
  • Operation: By Electricity or Battery-powered.
  • Recommendation: Not for home use. 
  • Size: Above 10 inches in length. 

9. Heavy-duty scissors 

Key points: for heavy-duty fabrics

These scissors are sturdier and are used for heavy-duty cutting of fabrics. They are pointed at the tip and have extra sharp blades to cut tougher materials easily. 

Heavy-duty scissors

These scissors are sturdier and are used for heavy-duty cutting of fabrics. They are pointed at the tip and have extra sharp blades to cut tougher materials easily. 

Important considerations

  • Who should use it: Almost everyone (Left-handed and Right-handed people).   
  • Where to use: In Industries, homes, shops, etc.
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: Not for extremely newbie sewers.
  • Size: 10 inches or above. 

10. Pinking / Piercing shears 

Key points: for cutting zigzag patterns

Pinking shears are scissors used to produce a zigzag pattern instead of a straight one. Meanwhile, you can also use pinking shears in sewing to trim the seam allowance and stop fabric fraying because they have saw-toothed blades (shaped like the teeth of a saw with alternate steep and gentle slopes) instead of straight. 

Every sewer should have these shears at their table because normal scissors cannot perform the task that this pinking Shear can. These are usually helpful for fashion designers.

Important considerations

  • Who should use: Every sewer (Both right-handed and left-handed people).  
  • Where to use: At homes, shops, and some small industries. 
  • Operation: By hand. 
  • Recommendation: Not for big industries. 
  • Size: Different sizes, but the most common is 8 inches / 20 cm long blades.

Conclusion

So it brings us to the end of this helpful guide in which I thoroughly explained the ten types of sewing scissors and shears. Well, every sewer doesn’t need all of them except for a few ones keeping in mind your work and requirements. 

I hope you now have a clear picture of all the scissors; if not, scroll up, and reread the article. 

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the main difference between a scissor and a shear?

In terms of workings, both are simple. However, the blades on shears are sharper and comparatively longer, making them able to cut heavy fabrics more easily than scissors.

Do I need all types of scissors?

As there are different types of scissors, from small to large, you may need clarification about which one is for you. You don’t need to have all of them except for a few depending on your job.

Can I use a sewing clipper for fabric cutting?

The sewing clipper is the smallest scissor used for nipping unwanted threads from fabrics or buttonholes, so you cannot use them to cut clothes or other materials.