Different Types of Scissors For Sewing

Cutting is the importance of the sewing and if you are not focusing on the cutting session then later at the time of sewing you will be facing a number of problems.

First thing first, you must have enough information about the cutting and how you can turn the one working task into the fun task. Cutting is always fun if you will take it as a hobby.

Types of Scissors For Sewing

As a beginner, it’s also important to understand the different kinds of scissors. In this blog, we are guiding you about the several types of sewing scissors you can use according to the project level.

Let’s go through some basic and essential knowledge about sewing scissors.

Different Types of Scissors For Sewing

1 – Electronic Shears

These shears are basically used in factories or organizations that need to cut several pieces of fabric at a time. Usually, this scissor is not made for home use because if you are a home sewer then you can only prepare one project at a time with concentration.

These electronic shears operate with electricity or by charging. This type of shears is used for the cutting of the heavy fabric at the industrial level.

2 – Thin Shear

Thin shears are quite pointed from the front and the overall body structure is quite slim. These are ideal shears for the people who like to use light-weight instruments at the time of sewing or who like to use pointed and sharp blades.

This scissor is not so long in the size and usually used for the cutting fabric, cutting thread or sharpening the buttonhole. This one must be in your kit if you are an intermediate sewer.

3 – Pinking Shear

Pinking Shear
Pinking Shear

Pinking shear is the kind of scissor which is not made for the fabric cutting but for the other sewing tasks. We usually use this scissor in the home sewing and for the raw seam finishes.

Due to the zigzag design of the pinking shear blades, we usually cut the thread in the zigzag way to avoid the overlock in the end. You can also use this to eliminate the extra yarn from the clothing.

4 – Embroidery Scissors

Embroidery Scissors
Embroidery Scissors

Embroidery is another form of sewing which requires creativity and effort from the sewer. In embroidery, tools which are used must be sharp and pointed as this work is quite delicate and requires focus.

In this case, sewers use embroidery scissor which is small and pointed. This scissor can cut the things for you in seconds and the blades are reliable to handle the embroidery thread.

5 – Bent Handle Scissors

Bent Handle Scissors
Bent Handle Scissors

Sewers who are in their beginning phase and learning one thing every day, sometimes they may feel annoying and irritated by cutting because the scissor they are using is not flexible and handle is not easy to grip.

For those sewers, you should go for the bent handle scissor. This scissor comes up with a unique design which is suitable for everyone. This scissor has one handle bent for the thumb and the other handle straight for the remaining fingers. Flexible scissor always makes cutting easier and possible for the sewer.

6 – Thread Clipper

Types of Scissors For Sewing
Thread Clipper

Thread clipper is another kind of small scissor used in sewing. If you are working with the thread, then to cut it quickly and easily in one go, you must have a thread clipper.

This scissor is also essential when you are ripping the stitches out and you need to cut them in a clean and professional manner without leaving the traces or tearing fabric apart.

7 – All-Purpose Scissors

All-Purpose Scissors
All-Purpose Scissors

All-purpose scissor is the most common scissor you can see on the tables of sewers or tailors. This scissor is not so useful when it comes to cut the fabric but it’s essential when you are cutting a pattern.

Usually, sewers use this scissor for the pattern cutting because of the ease and smooth blades suitable for the pattern material. This scissor is an ideal match for the small cutting area.

8 – Tailor’s Scissors

Types of Scissors For Sewing
Tailor Sewing Scissors

These scissors are short in length and have a blade, 5” in length which is ideal. This scissor is a perfect match for the sewers, quilters, and crafters. These scissors also have the ability to cut thick material like leather and velvet smoothly.

The thick blades and pointed knife-like edges are suitable to cut the material in one go and it’s light-weight. I prefer to cut the fabric all the way from the tailor’s scissors.

9 – Dressmaking Scissors

Dressmaking scissor has long blades and is pointed in nature which makes it ideal for the cutting.

Dressmaker's Shears
Dressmaker’s Shears

It has two kinds of blades. One blade is pointed while the other blade is blunt, the blunt one prevents the scissor from damaging the fiber of the fabric while the pointed one cuts the material quickly. The hold of the dressmaking scissor is quite strong which also prevents the fabric from slipping.

Dressmaking scissor is also suitable when you want to cut the several layers of fabric at the same time without damaging the fabric in the middle. The shape of the scissor also supports any kind of surface for the cutting purpose.

10 – Rotary Cutter

Types of Scissors For Sewing
Rotary Cutter

The rotary cutter is basically a cutter for the fabric cutting like a knife but we can always count it as a scissor. The rotary cutter is something which should be in your sewing kit necessarily.

If your scissor is not working properly then you need to use the rotary cutter and it will work every single time. The rotary cutter is quite sharp in nature and without damaging your fabric.


Sewing scissors are of great importance when it comes to alignment and professional work. Without the proper work, you can never sew a fine and classic project. Before you start preparing a sewing kit or when you are buying several scissors for the different projects, you need to have a concise guide about it. Always check the comfort level and angle of the scissors.

Once you are satisfied with the scissor features then go for the buying process. Choose high-quality over cheap prices for long-term use.

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