How To Choose The Right Scissors For Embroidery Projects

scissors 3 How To Choose The Right Scissors For Embroidery ProjectsQuality scissors are necessary for every embroidery project.  There are several different types of scissors that can make sewing and embroidery projects turn out perfect. Read on to find out all the different types of scissors.



Types of Scissors

Straight tip scissors are the most common and have very slender blades and fine points for cutting close to fabric. Check the tips of scissors the next time you scissor shop, the finer the point the closer it will get to the fabric.  There are spring loaded straight tip scissors too, with micro tips.

Curved tip scissors have slender blades that curve upward at the tip.  The points are very fine which allows for cutting close to the fabric or stabilizer while it is still in the hoop. Not all curved tip scissors have the same blade thickness.  Some are extremely  find and allows for exact precision especially when working with lace and cutwork.

Double curved scissors are perfect for cutting over hoops without any visual obstruction. Double curved scissors allow for precision cutting with a decrease in fatigue.  The tips cut flush with the fabric.  As with all scissors there are some that have a finer tip than others.

Spring-action, double-curved is the same as the double-curved embroidery scissors except for the type of handle that opens and closes effortlessly.

Micro-tip curved work the same as curved scissors but provide a very narrow extra-fine blade.

Steeple tip curved provides a slender blunt tip with a sharp blade to get under stitches without ripping the fabric.

Hook-blade scissors are great for getting under one stitch and cutting close to the embroidery.  Can be used for clipping stitches from the reverse side but is done one stitch at a time.

Bent handle has a straight blade that is parallel to the embroidery work but the handle is raised so it is above the work.

Snips or clips are great for pulling and snipping threads.  They have very short blades and come with or without a finger hole. Can be used to clip threads in the front or back of the embroidery.

Applique scissors are also known as duck bill scissors because of their shape. The ‘bill’ will lift the fabric or stabilizer which allows for a very close trim without nicking or cutting into the fabric. Applique scissors come spring loaded and regular.

Swivel handle scissors allow for snipping and cutting in a ergonomic position to reduce stress and joint pain which can lead to tendentious or other joint aliments.

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Do you have any of these scissors in your embroidery kit?  Which ones can you not live without?

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4 Responses to How To Choose The Right Scissors For Embroidery Projects

  1. toygre says:

    “The ‘bill’ will lift the fabric or stabilizer which allows for a very close trim without nicking or cutting into the fabric”
    I don’t agree. Look at

    Sincerely, Toya

  2. Deborah says:

    I appreciate the explanations for the different types of scissors. It would be more helpful if you had the pictures next to each explanation so I do not have to keep scrolling up to look at the main photo and try and figure out each type.

  3. Roberta Hudson says:

    I went to the site you suggested and looks similar to what the description explains in this article. The site lists the following:
    trimming excess fabric or loose threads in layered applications • trimming sheer and delicate fabric in lace insertion • designed with one narrow and one wide blade; wider blade protects the fabric underneath while the narrow blade makes the cut. I have used these for years and this type of tool is a real asset to your embroidery equipment. (PS the description above was reprinted from the website.)

  4. Nadine Rowland says:

    I also wish the pictures were next to the kind of scissors. Now that I know what they are for I will have to make my own picture/kind of scissors cheat sheet.

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