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Essential Tools: Scissors and Shears

Evamarie Gomez-Bostic and Carol Fresia; Videographer: Jeff Roos

Threads Contributing Editor Judith Neukam provides an overview of the most useful scissors and shears for garment sewers. Find out which types are worth the investment when you begin sewing, and which you can wait to purchase.

Basic shears

If you could buy only one pair of scissors, you should opt for a pair of 8-inch shears, Judy says. She shows a range of these shears, from inexpensive to costly. They come in many styles, including those with spring-loaded handles to reduce hand strain; softer handles; and different types of metal and blade styles.

There are benefits to investing in the more expensive types: They have sharper edges and points, and, in many cases, they can be returned to the manufacturer to be sharpened and realigned when needed. The  most expensive choices tend to hold their sharp edges longer, so you’ll be able to enjoy the shears for decades.

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