Best embroidery scissors: Ask the experts
“Good tools are, I feel, essential to good practice. My favourite embroidery scissors are also, however, as visually appealing as they are practical. The appeal of their ‘objectness’ is one of the reasons that I like to use them. I bought them years ago and have no idea who made them. The main thing is that they are sharp and that the blades are small, allowing me to cut individual woven threads as my practice often demands. The case is useful protection for my fingers when I am rummaging for them at the bottom of my tool bag! I can’t say I have ever worn them around my neck though”.
Textile artist Cate Hursthouse
Which are the best scissors for embroidery?
The only way to find out is to ask people who use them everyday. People who have had years of experience and tried and tested several brands before settling on their favourite. Lucky for us we have a few friends who are professional stitch artists and rely on a decent pair of embroidery scissors to get their work done. Here are their recommendations.
“I use a small pair by Fiskars. I use scissors almost entirely for cutting threads, so the small pair are ideal for this.”
Carol Naylor is a textile artist specialising in landscapes created with machine embroidery.
Fiskars Embroidery Scissors
“I have several pairs of embroidery scissors, but my favourite are my Gingher 4 Inch – they are great for cutting fabric, yarn and thread.”
Melissa Zexter is a contemporary stitch artist who uses embroidery as a means of embellishing photography.
Gingher 4 inch Embroidery Scissors
“I swear by my Mundial red dot embroidery scissors, which are a good value basic scissor.”
Sue Stone is a figurative textile artists who uses a combination of machine and hand stitch in her work.
Mundial Red Dot Embroidery Scissors
“I LOVE my Merchant & Mills scissors for my fine stitching work. They have a whole line of finely crafted accessories for stitching.”
Erin Endicott is a contemporary embroidery artist and the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council Arts Fellowship.
Merchant & Mills Tailor's Scissors
“I normally use a Japanese Nigiri Basami which is a pair of hand-made Metal Japanese clippers with very sharp blades for cutting threads, but I recently bought a pair of Precision Embroidery Scissors (curved type) and I’ve found these to be excellent.”
Yumiko Reynolds uses free-hand machine embroidery to create stitched drawings.
“The main scissors I use are a Finnish brand called Fiskars. Great for cutting the thread from the finer areas of my embroidery.”
Aran Illingworth uses appliqué to create textile portraits.
What are your recommendations for embroidery scissors? Let us know in the comments below