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If you follow my YouTube channel, you’ve probably noticed that I love my little Fiskars Stitchers mini scissors, and yes, if you’re new to sewing, you can buy those too.
However the #6 MUST-have item in my list of things to put in a beginner’s sewing kit, is a pair of actual sewing scissors. You can find sewing scissors sold in a set with mini snips from time to time, and that would be a purchase you wouldn’t regret, should you decide you really enjoy sewing as a hobby.
If you’re not sure why you can’t use your regular old household scissors, you’ll learn quickly that they don’t work well with fabric. Also, sewing scissors have a unique shape to them. Take a look at the photo above. Do you see how the handle of the scissors appears to be bent?
There’s a reason for that.
To correctly cut your fabric when making a human-sized garment, you need a pair of scissors that will glide along the cutting surface (maybe your kitchen table is what you’ll use) while you cut long swaths of fabric. Sewing scissors have a bent handle to help you make a clean cut, for big projects.
Sewing scissors are extremely sharp, as well, so they can cut smoothly through tricky fabrics like satin, denim, or corduroy. Never use sewing scissors for paper-cutting or craft cutting; they will lose this razor-sharp edge quickly if you misuse them.
Later you may want to add some pinking shears to your collection (see image above). These scissors will cut a natural zigzag along the edge of your fabric, to help keep it from fraying.
And once again, there are craft scissors that make a zigzag edge too — but you can’t use craft scissors with fabric. They are not interchangeable.
The brand I recommend is Fiskars. Their 7″ Beginner Sewing Scissors are a great first pair of scissors for anyone who’s learning to sew for the first time, regardless of his/her age.
They also offer “Fashion Scissors,” which have colorful handles decorated in various patterns as well. Either the Beginner Sewing Scissors or the Fashion Scissors would be a good choice when you’re putting together a sewing kit for the beginners out there.
And of course Fiskars offers left-handed scissors as well. My Aunt Harriet is a left-handed sewist, and I know how important it is for those lefties out there, to get a good grip on their scissors!
If you enjoyed this blog post, and you’d like to see my videos, you might want to navigate over to my YouTube channel, ChellyWood1 to look through my playlists.
For anyone who would like to expand their dolls’ wardrobes, you should really check out my “How to Alter Doll Clothes Patterns” course and my “Design Your Own Doll Pants Patterns from Scratch” classes on the Creative Spark online learning platform. Here’s my bio page on their website, where you can learn more.
For any class on Creative Spark, you don’t have to follow a schedule. Just sign up when you’re ready.
It’s a one-time fee for the course, and there’s no specific time limit to finish your course. You can just take your time and learn at the pace that suits you. So go check out my paid courses on Creative Spark, using this link.
To read more about my free sewing patterns and tutorials, please visit the “Helpful Tips” page.
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Chelly Wood and the ChellyWood.com website are not affiliated with any of the doll or toy companies mentioned in this blog post, but Chelly enjoys designing her doll clothes to fit a variety of dolls. To learn more about the doll companies mentioned in today’s post, please visit the doll or toy company’s website.