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Your Guide to Scissors, Shears, and Trimmers

Using the right pair of scissors can make completing your job much easier. When all-purpose cutting scissors can no longer do the job, it may be time to look into all the types of scissors, trimmers, and shears available.

Trimmers, shears, and some scissors have handles with two different sized grip holes that accommodate your four fingers in the bottom and your thumb in the top. There are two different overall designs of these cutting tools: bent and straight.

Bent cutting tools are angled slightly where the blade meets the handle. As you cut, the angled blade of bent trimmers stays even with the tabletop, making it easier to keep your fabric still between the blades and cut a straight line.

Bent Trimmer






Straight cutting tools have blades that are in-line with the center of the handle.

Stright Trimmer







Trimmers come in lengths ranging from 6” to 9”. The blades on this tool are tapered at the end. The bottom blade is rounded to prevent snagging the fabric.

Pinking Shears

Instead of a straight edge blade, this tool has a zigzag, saw tooth blade. This tool is useful when cutting a pattern in a non-fray fabric, or in helping to reduce fraying when cutting woven cloth. Most pinking shears have a bent blade and come in lengths of 7-1/2” and 8-1/2”.


Tailor’s Shears

Tailor’s shears have heavier blades than most trimmers and scissors. They are best for cutting more rigid, thick fabrics such as denim and suiting wool. This tool is made with finely tapered blades. Two different types of tailor’s shears include bent and straight. Just like trimmers, bent shears are angled at the blade and are designed for cutting straight lines in your fabric laid out flat on a table. Shears come in 4”, 10”, and 12” lengths. Heavy-Duty Wide blade Tailor’s Shears are available as well for cutting multiple layers of heavy fabrics.


Embroidery Scissors

These scissors are 4” to 5” long. They are designed for clipping threads and trimming delicate fabrics while embroidering. Embroidery scissors are very sharp and come to a sharp point at the end, making it easy to glide along lightweight fabrics cut with precision. The blades are straight blades inline with the handle. Both sides of the handle are equal size circular shapes.


Sewing Scissors

These 5-6” straight scissors are made for general sewing. The blades on this tool are tapered at the end. One of the blades is slightly rounded at the end to prevent snagging the fabric. Both sides of the handle are equal sized circular shapes.


Caring for Your Scissors
  • Always keep in mind that if you are using fabric cutters, never cut anything other then fabric or you will damage the blade.
  • Be sure to wipe your blades clean after every use as fibers from certain fabrics can dull your blade.
  • Oil the joint with a small drop of machine oil and wipe the excess off with a soft cloth to keep them cutting smoothly.
  • Store your scissors in a protective case.
  • Accidentally cutting into a needle may permanently damage your scissors.
  • Try to avoid opening and closing your scissors without actually cutting through fabric.
  • Invest in a scissor sharpener.
  • It may also be important to know that if you are left-handed or have arthritis, there are special scissors just for you!


Download the Scissor Guide here with more pictures and descriptions.

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