It’s important to have the right type of scissors for the project you want to work on. In this post I will talk about the scissors I use when crafting and what types of projects I use them for. Fiskars is not the only brand of craft scissors, it’s just the brand I tend to buy.
I grew up with the idea that the orange scissors were mom’s fabric scissors and you don’t touch them. This taught me two things. One, that Fiskars makes awesome fabric scissors. And secondly, if your special scissors are a different color, its easy to tell them apart. I now live by the same rule in my house. Orange scissors are not to be used for random materials.
If orange isn’t your color, check out my scissor charm tutorial for another way to tell your scissors apart.
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Original Orange-handles Scissors
These are your classic fabric scissors. They cut through fabric beautifully and they stay sharp as long as you don’t go around cutting non-fabric materials. These would work for other materials like paper or thin plastic but that would dull them enough that you wouldn’t want to use them for fabric any more. If you use them for other materials, I suggest having a second pair for sewing.
Fiskars recently sent me these scissors to try out and I really liked them. They were horrible for fabric but great for thick materials like plastic and cardboard. If you have a cardboard project coming up it would be worth it to pick up a pair of these. The PowerCut shears give you control and power that normal scissors just don’t have for thick materials. Check out my review Fiskars PowerCut Shears vs. Fiskars Classic Scissors to see all of the things around the house I was able to cut with these.
Fiskars sells many of their scissors on a nonstick version. They have a coating that helps keep your project from sticking to the scissors. These are great when you need to cut through things that have an adhesive backing.
These scissors are great for traveling because they fold up really small. I keep these with my cross-stitch supplies, they fit right in the embroidery thread box. According to the website they are TSA compliant though I wouldn’t trust my scissors to the TSA. They are also loop scissors so they can be used by right or left handers.
Though I like these for embroidery I do not like them for felt. The blunt tip on the end just doesn’t work for felt.
Micro-Tip scissors on the other hand are great for working with felt. I like these because they are small and have a pointed tip. This really helps you cut out the tiny details with felt.
I love these scissors and use them for everything. I frequently lose them. Luckily, they are currently safely tucked into my felt supplies. I’ve been cutting a lot of felt lately.
Thread snips are great to have next to the sewing machine to cut threads from your project. The original pair I have had for years just aren’t sharp enough for the job. This is the only pair of Fiskars scissors that I would not recommend.
Fiskars recently sent me the newest version of their thread snips called Ultrasharp Thread Snips and they are much better. If you have tried the original version and didn’t love them, give these ones a try. These cut right through thread and they have a shield that goes up over the blade for easy travel.
These are great for paper projects like cards where you would like a fancy edge. You can buy scissors with all kinds of blades that make different designs.
These scissors can be a little hard to use though. Sometimes when you cut to the end of the blade they rip the paper and depending on the brand the design doesn’t go all the way to the tip. The design does go all the way to the tip with Fiskars but they still only cut a few inches at a time.
I have always thought that paper edgers were fun, though I don’t have a lot of use for them. With these I’ve never noticed a difference in brand though all of mine are Fiskars.
Fiskars has plenty of options for kids. You can buy them with pointed or blunt tips and they come in different lengths so you can find a pair that are safe for the age group you are working with. They even sell scissors for preschoolers that are blunt so they only cut paper.
Fiskars sells a couple versions of scissor sharpeners. They have a hand held version that looks like a key fob and a desktop version. The desktop version is pictured here. Neither are expensive and at least for the desktop version, it works great.
To use the desktop scissor sharpener, just open the blades of your scissors and insert them all the way into the sharpener. Quickly close the blade while pulling it out of the sharpener. This will run the blade across the rod inside the sharpener, sharpening your scissors.
Sometimes your scissors can’t be sharpened with these. For instance, decorative scissors or the thread snips won’t fit in the sharpener. I use tin foil to sharpen these. Just fold a piece of tin foil so you have a couple of layers and cut through it a few times with the scissors you want to sharpen. I don’t think this works as well as the sharpener but it gets the job done.
I didn’t cover rotary cutters in this post because it’s little off topic. If you would like to know more about Fiskars Rotary Cutters check out my post How To Choose The Best Fiskars Rotary Cutter.
My take away from this post is that I have too many scissors. At least with this many scissors I don’t have to worry about ruining my sewing scissors with another material. What are your favorite scissors?