There are various types of sewing scissors and cutting tools, but one thing every new sewer should know is… DO NOT use your fabric scissors on anything but fabric. They are sacred. Now that you know that insider, we can move on… Let’s breakdown some of the various types of sewing scissors and other cutting options available, and please note that by clicking on the images, you will be taken to Amazon for affiliate purchasing options. The breakdown of some of the more important sewing shears / scissors and cutting tools worth becoming familiar to is as follows:
Pinking Shears – These scissors have a blade that cuts fabric in a zig zag pattern. They are used to help neaten seams and also can be used on fabric prior to washing to prevent a large amount of fraying.
Bent-Handled Shears – These are helpful when cutting long, large pieces of fabric because of the angle of the blade to the handle. I personally prefer this type of shear to the standard cutting shear.
Trimming Scissors – A smaller blade used for cutting and trimming the fabric surplus to neaten ends.
Rotary Cutter – Comes in a variety of sizes with retractable blades. It will need to be used with a special cutting mat to protect the surface and blade. These are good for cutting thru multiple layers of fabric at one time.
Seam Ripper – Most sewing machines will come with a seam ripper. It is a sharp pointed hook that can slide under stitching to cut through the thread. The magic eraser of sewing, if you will! Every sewer needs to have one (or two), (or three), of these in their sewing essential bag.
Paper Scissors – These are great to have on hand in your sewing kit to cut pattern pieces or any other paper and nonfabric items.