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How Does Sewing Tool Digest Test Embroidery Scissors?

The actual tests are both objective and subjective.


Embroidery scissors are usually 3.5 to 4.5 inches in length, with slender, tapered blades, and sharp tips.  However, they can be as small as 2 inches or as big as 5 inches.

So, the first thing done is measuring them from tip to end of handle, and pivot point to tip.  They also get weighed.

The finger holes are measured with a caliper because a small difference can mean they are harder to use for some sewers.

These are the calipers I use to measure the finger holes.


They are checked for a smooth feel to the blades, handles, and finger holes so they are comfortable to hold, looking for anything that might irritate the finger or snag the fabric.

The overall design, feel, heft, and looks are described.


Embroidery scissors are used for many cutting purposes:

  • Threads,
  • embroidery floss,
  • silk ribbons,
  • yarn tails
  • beading cords
  • thin elastic
  • snipping a misplaced stitch
  • making short precise cuts in fabric

Therefore, the scissors are tested on a number of fibers to check for sharpness and ability to cut each.  

Photo of fibers used to test embroidery scissors

The variety of fibers Sewing Tool Digest uses to test embroidery scissors.

The fibers used are three weights of thread, embroidery floss, three weights of yarn, narrow ribbon, 1/8th and 1/4th inch wide elastic, beading cords, soutache, and 1/8th inch rat tail (a tough test for tiny scissors).

Two layers of quilting cotton fabric with a ¼ inch seam are snipped in the seam allowance to test the scissors’ ability to make short precise cuts.

Finally, if the pair of scissors have a fine sharp tip, they are tested by snipping a single stitch from various seams on quilting cotton fabric.


After all the testing, my overall impressions are given, final observations on their best uses are noted, and an overall conclusion.

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