18 Best Sewing Scissors for Quilters (2022)

There are so many types of scissors out there for quilters! So which ones do we actually need?

That really depends on a few different things, like preference and skill level, and if you look in any quilters toolbox, they probably have a variety of scissors that are used for different purposes.

Investing in good-quality scissors is important and it’s something that you won’t regret if you love quilting.

To help you narrow down which ones you should have in your collection, these are some of the best sewing scissors for quilters we think you’ll like.

Are you left-handed like me?

If so I have put a link in where I can for left-handed scissor options and there is also a specific lefty section at the bottom of the post.

What type of Scissors do you need?

To my mind there are a few categories of scissors that most quilters will need.

  • Full-size fabric shears for cutting large pieces of fabric
  • Pinking Shears for cutting thicker fabric or fabric that is liable to fray (also for finishing)
  • Embroidery Scissors or Applique Scissors (smaller, lighter and better for use in small areas)
  • Thread snips
  • Speciality Scissors for specific projects – for example, rag quilting

Below you will find high quality scissors under all these categories. You don’t need them all!

If you have too many scissors you will just get confused and clutter up your space so it’s best to pick a selection of 4-5 pairs that work will for you.

Fabric Scissors

Kai Dressmaking Shears

best scissors for quilting

The Kai dressmaking shears will provide you with long-lasting sharpness and have become a top favorite for many quilters – despite the dressmaking name.

One reason for that is that they can cut through multiple layers of fabric without any fabric slippage.

Left-Handed Version

Premium Tailor Scissors

Good heavy-duty multi-purpose scissors like these LIVINGO premium tailor scissors can be great for cutting fabric.

The rust-resistant blades are ultra-sharp and can easily cut multiple layers of fabric and can even handle leather.

Singer ProSeries Bent Scissors

The bent handle on these Singer Proseries scissors will help the fabric stay flat as you cut along the patterns or lines.

They also have a nice grip on the handles to help keep them comfortable – good to keep in mind if you have arthritic hands.

RazorEdge Fabric Shears

Ideal for providing clean cuts through thinner fabrics, these RazerEdge shears are made with stainless steel blades giving you heavy-duty shears that you can use for quilting – just be careful of the blade sharpness!

Titanium Coating Fabric Scissors

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These scissors are lightweight and designed for people with arthritis to easily cut fabric.

Pinking Shears

You can use these popular pinking shears to give you that zigzag shape of your fabric edges which you get from the serrated blade.

They help reduce the chances of fraying and can be good for finishing raw edges on small projects made with your quilting scraps like coasters and kid’s toys.

Left-Handed Pinking Shears

These pinking shears are cheap but they work – these are the ones I own and I am left-handed.

I often use pinking shears when I am cutting up old jeans for upcycling and denim quilts.

Embroidery Scissors & Applique Scissors

Prym Embroidery Scissors

I own these little embroidery ‘snips’ as I call them myself and love them.

No point using a big heavy pair of scissors and getting hand fatigue just to cut threads in between chain-pieced quilt blocks!

I always have these ones right beside my sewing machine. I use them to cut threads, for trimming seams, and sometimes even as a bit of a stiletto to push a wayward seam in the right direction under my presser foot!

The thumb holes are the same size so they work just as well for left-handed users.

Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors

Great for cutting the small details, curves, or points, these Karen Kay Buckley scissors have become popular with quilters.

While they’re too small to cut multiple layers, they will work for thin layers and threads.

These work fine for both left & right-handed quilters.

Gingher Knife Applique Scissors

Made with a paddle so that you can keep one edge of the fabric away from the blade, these Gingher knife scissors are perfect for applique. The handles aren’t bulky which gives you a good view of the material or fabric you are cutting, and they have a chrome over nickel finish for durability.

Thread Snips

Trimming Scissors

These small trimming scissors are great for snipping off those loose end threads and will give you a clean cut.

They’re also great for those who enjoy hand quilting or when you are using a sewing machine that doesn’t include an automatic thread cutter.

Although I often use the embroidery scissors above for the same purpose I always have 2 or 3 of these snips in different places around the sewing room and these are the sort of scissors I would take with me to a quilt class or a sit and sew afternoon.

Clover Quick Thread Cutter

I don’t yet have one of these handy cutters for separating chain piecing but it’s on the wish list!

Scissors for Rag Quilting

Heritage Rag Quilting Snips

If you enjoy making rag quilts, you are going to want to invest in these Heritage quilting snips.

They are spring loaded, which makes it easy to quickly cut along the seams, and your fingers will be comfortable while cutting and snipping because of their ergonomic handles.

Fiskars Rag Quilt Snips

These Fiskars snips are made with stainless steel blades and are perfect for tabletop cutting. Their unique shape helps keep the fabric flat and are strong enough to cut through denim and multiple pieces of fabric at a time.

Left-Handed Scissors for Quilters

As quilters we always think we need ‘all the things’ but of course you really only need a few really good high quality pairs of scissors usually – the key is to pick which ones are the best scissors for you.

So how many pairs of sewing scissors do you own?

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