Scissors are a crafting essential and are used in most crafting projects. Buying the right crafting scissors and looking after them correctly is essential to ensure top quality results. I’ve researched how to buy and look after craft scissors.
While a pair of general scissors will be useful for a wide variety of crafting projects, specialist scissors can be useful for specific crafts. Fabric scissors, for instance, are designed with long blades to cut through fabric and tiny embroidery scissors are created to cut through small stitches and other fine work. It is fine to use general scissors to cut different items, however to keep specialist scissors in good working order it is important that they are only used to cut the specified materials.
Tip: Do not use kitchen scissors for craft projects, craft scissors should be dedicated to craft use.
Left-handed crafters should invest in a pair of left handed scissors. These are scissors that have been specifically designed to meet the needs of left-handed people meaning that they are easy for left-handers to use.
Tip: If left-handed scissors are not available, ‘ambidextrous’ scissors (scissors where there is no discernible right or left) can be a good alternative.
To achieve good crisp cuts it is important that the blades of the scissors are clean. Glue, adhesive tape and other sticky substances can leave a residue on scissor blades which can result in the scissors not giving a clean cut. Scissors should be regularly cleaned using hot soapy water before thoroughly drying with a soft cloth.
Tip: Rub metal foil along the edges of the blades to help keep them clean and sharp.
Storing scissors safely when they are not in use will help to keep them in good condition. It also ensures that they are on hand for a new crafting session. Some scissors come with a special storage pouch, others can simply be stored in a craft box or drawer.
Tip: Store scissors with the blades closed and the handles facing up, this will ensure that no-one unwittingly picks up the scissors by the sharp blades.
Some scissors have specially formed blades that give a decorative edge to cut paper or fabric. This can be an easy and quick way to produce attractive elements for handmade cards, scrapbooks and other projects.
Tip: Decorative edge scissors can be sharpened by cutting through metal foil.
How to Buy Craft Scissors
Here are some tips for buying scissors for craft use:
Buy the best that the budget will allow. Scissors are an essential crafting tool and it makes sense not to scrimp on a poor quality pair that might break over limited use.
Unless a crafter has special requirements, for instance cutting fabric, a good general pair of scissors will be fine for most crafts.
Online craft stores can be a good place to look for competitively priced scissors. Buying online offers the convenience of shopping from home while also being able to compare the prices and offerings of a many craft stores. It is important to bear in mind that although buying online can often present good cost savings, this has to be balanced with the fact that scissors cannot be tried first.
Scissors are an essential crafting tool. Buying the correct crafting scissors and keeping them clean and sharp will help to ensure that the scissors give excellent results in a wide variety of crafting projects for many years to come.