Create Any Project With Our Wide Range of Kids and Adult Scissors
If you look into any serious crafter's toolbox, you're sure to find a reliable pair of scissors in there. Scissors are considered one of the most essential art and craft accessories you can own and are used in many different types of activities, from paper and craft projects to dressmaking, embroidery, kids craft, general purpose and so much more.
Riot Art & Craft stock a fantastic range of scissors for different purposes and people, from safety scissors for kids and left-handed scissors to scissors with a stainless steel blade, curved and double curved blades, micro-tips and straight tips for all of your DIY projects. Shop our bestsellers today, add them to your shopping cart and checkout with free delivery over $99 to any postcode in Australia.
Different Types of Scissors Available
Scissors are one of those items that are handy in all different environments and occupations. From kitchen scissors for cutting meat to office scissors for cutting paper and hairdresser scissors for cutting hair - there's a specially designed pair of scissors for almost every type of need!
In art and craft, scissors are invaluable and come in a range of types and sizes for various DIY projects. You can have kids scissors that have a soft grip and safety blades to prevent accidents. You'll find many types of sewing scissors to suit different work, including embroidery scissors, dressmaker scissors, curved scissors for precision and appliqué scissors.
You can also find all-purpose scissors for slicing paper evenly and heavy-duty scissors for cutting through dense material, such as metal.
Why You May Need Different Scissors for Different Types of Projects
You might think that all cutting tools are the same and can be put to use on any project you need. However, scissor blades are designed for specific tasks and should be used accordingly. For example, regular home office scissors that you find in your office supplies isn't going to cut raw meat - you'll need proper poultry shears!
For long hours cutting fabric or paper, a pair of comfort grip scissors will be easier on your hands. To cut fabric and snip threads neatly, you'll need some embroidery scissors. These blades are typically long and fine with a sharp edge to cut clean lines.
Riot Art & Craft have an amazing range of scissors for different purposes. We've got Havel's Sewing embroidery scissors with curved and double curved blades for small details, Gingher embroidery scissors with sharp points, a durable frame and leather storage sheath and Faber-Castell kids scissors with safety blades and spring mechanism for easy cutting.
Best Scissors for:
To decide which type of scissors you need, consider your activity and what you will be cutting. If you use your scissors for the wrong project, you risk damaging the blades. Here are some of the most common craft activities and the type of scissors you'll need to do them:
- Art and craft projects - This covers all types of art and craft, from paper craft and fabric work to cutting macrame cord and simply opening packets of embellishments. Use multi-purpose craft scissors with anti-rust stainless steel blades and a comfortable grip.
- Sewing - If you're a dressmaker, you'll know that cutting fabric requires a special type of scissors that can make clean edges without fraying. Sewing scissors, or dressmaker shears, are heavy-duty cutting tools that can cut through fabric without chewing and damaging it.
- Embroidery - Embroidery scissors have smaller, finer blades for cutting precise designs. We have curved and double curved designs for left and right-handed users, such as our Westcott embroidery scissors and Bohin Hardanger embroidery scissors with handy pliers attached at the other end for multi-tasking.
- Haberdashery - Precision scissors, such as embroidery scissors, are suitable for small sewing works, such as buttonholes and snipping threads.
- Patchwork and quilting - Like other fabric crafts, patchwork and quilting requires sharp tip scissors to cut neatly through fabric without fraying it. Our Havel's Sewing Creative Scissors are made for quilting with fine teeth serration to cut cleanly through all fabric right to the tip.
- Paper and crafts - Use standard paper scissors to cut neatly through paper, card and more. Plastic handles will be more light-weight and you can also use pinking shears to create a wavy or zig zag edge.
Sharpening Your Scissors
A pair of non-stick scissors with a stainless-steel blade will last you a long time if you take proper care of them. Using your scissors for the wrong type of project will blunt the edges and decrease their efficiency.
Keep blades sharp by using a sharpening stone or running them through folded aluminium sheets. Also, make sure you clean off any glue or craft remnants from the blades before putting them away until next time.
People who cut with their left hand may find that it's uncomfortable to hold scissors while still seeing where you're cutting. This is because regular scissors are designed to be held with the right hand and feature the upper blade on the right side which will cover any line you're following. Left-handed scissors will have the upper blade on the left side so that when you cut, you'll be able to see clearly where you are going. The handles should also be easier to hold.
We stock a range of left-handed scissors for embroidery that are comfortable, effective and easy to manoeuvre.
Kids need scissors that are made to minimise injury. This means a comfortable grip, blunter blades and easy-to-use mechanisms. Our Faber-Castell Junior Grip Scissors are made for little fingers and cut thick paper smoothly with a spring action. They're also perfect for both right and left users.
Buying Scissors Online
Riot Art & Craft make it easy to buy high-quality scissors online for all of your crafting needs. We've got precise embroidery scissors with extra fine tips and curved blades, plus safety scissors for kids and scissors for left hand users. We've also got fun designs, such as our Eiffel Tower blade scissors by Products from Abroad and elegant Tool Tron stork scissors for all needlework and sewing with a gold-plated finish and ruby Swarovski eye.
FAQs About Scissors
What Are the Best Scissors for Art and Craft?
Whether you need to cut fabric, open a packet of pom poms, slice paper or something else - a good pair of art and craft scissors will do the job. The type of scissors you choose will depend on your craft project. There are scissors for:
- Paper crafts, including origami and card making
- Sewing crafts, including dressmaking, embroidery and appliqué
- Creating wavy edges in fabric and paper
- Kids craft with comfortable handles and blunt blades
What Are the Different Types of Scissors?
There are many different types of scissors designed for use with different activities. Some of the most common ones in art and craft include:
- Paper scissors for origami and other paper craft
- Sewing scissors for cutting fabric
- Embroidery scissors for small, precise details
- All-purpose scissors for cutting tape and opening packets, such as beads and glitter
- Kids scissors for school-aged crafters
Are Scissors Ambidextrous?
While some scissors may be ambidextrous, most of them are designed to be specifically used by right or left-handed people. When cutting material, such as paper or fabric, left handers often struggle to see the line as the upper blade is located on the right and covers it. We sell left- handed embroidery scissors with curved blades to cut fabric with ease.
What Are the Scissors Called That Cut Designs?
If you love to sew, you'll be familiar with cutting out designs made of fabric. To cut designs for a garment, you'll need some large dressmaker shears. These can also be used to cut other fabric, such as cross stitch fabric for needlework. To add detail, embroidery scissors have short, sharp blades for precision and clean cuts.