Best fabric scissors: Ask the experts
Last week we found out which embroidery scissors experts in the field would recommend. Today we turn our attention to fabric shears; 3 renowned textile artists give us their opinions on the best scissors for precision cutting of material.
Cate Hursthouse recommends:
“For larger cutting jobs I rely on my Fiskars fabric shears. They are stalwarts of my practice and have probably lasted me about 20 years now Woe betide anyone in the house who thinks these should be used to cut paper.”
Cate Hursthouse is a renowned textile artist, a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and has an MA in Contemporary Textiles from the University of Hertfordshire.
Fiskars set the standard in quality for fabric scissors and shears. Produced in Finland using top quality stainless steel, their classic orange handles have become their trademark.
Each finely tempered and faceted blade is ground and hardened for durability, giving a cut that is ultra-clean and acutely accurate. The patented handle design is famous for being very comfortable for long periods of use.
These highly ergonomic shears are capable of cutting through very thick fabrics and can handle multiple layers of material, cardboard, laminate, and even light metal – although if you want to keep them nice and sharp for use with textiles, allocate them for that one purpose only.
It’s testament to the Fiskars brand that over 1 billion pairs of these scissors have been sold worldwide!
More from Fiskars:
|Fiskars General Purpose Scissors, 21cm||Fiskars 45mm Rotary Cutter||Fiskars 9445o33 Pinking Scissors|
Sue Stone recommends:
“I use a left handed lightweight scissor by Korbond which is very comfortable to hold. I’ve tried all sorts of makes over the years and this is the one I like best.”
Favoured by professional dressmakers, fiber artists and hobbyists alike, what makes Korbond stand out is their patented soft grip handles, which provide ultimate ease and comfort of use, especially over extended periods of time.
Precision ground 9″ blades mean that these shears are perfect for achieving a detailed cut of fabrics and materials. and soft touch handles, is ideal for cutting fabrics and materials.
More from Korbond
|Korbond 7-inch Craft Scissor||Korbond 9-inch Pinking Shears||Korbond 8-inch Multi-Purpose Scissor|
Lindsay Taylor recommends:
“I do have some old Fiskars scissors. I like the bright orange handle – easier to spot in the chaos I work in. Recently I bought a funky pair while exhibiting in France. They are by a company called Kelmscott Designs.com, based in Canada; their designs are fantastic. Mine are matt black and called Steweb.”
Lindsay Taylor creates 3D textile art by weaving natural hand-dyed fabrics into organic forms.
Which fabric shears or scissors would you recommend? And for which specific tasks? Let us know in the comments section below.