Sewists and crafters use scissors constantly and often own many pairs. But I’m here to tell you that “Perfect Scissors” by Karen Kay Buckley are the best sewing and craft scissors that you’ll reach for over and over again. I’m sharing how I use them and why I love them so much.
This is not a sponsored post. I just happen to love “Perfect Scissors” and I know you will too!
Sewing and Craft Scissors
There are so many styles, brands, and types of scissors out in the marketplace that it’s hard not to be overwhelmed. And a good sewist and crafter will use several different pairs of scissors for different purposes.
Some of these uses will include:
- Scissors for paper (cutting paper with fabric scissors dulls the blade)
- Scissors/shears for cutting fabric
- Pinking shears for cutting a zig-zagged edge to reduce fraying
- Small scissors for snipping threads and embroidery work
- Multi-purpose craft scissors for cutting things like pipe cleaners or sticky/adhesive things like stabilizer
- Very sharp and pointy scissors for highly detailed small cutting
This may seem like overkill, having different pairs of scissors for all these purposes, but having separate and specialized scissors for each type of job will give you better results and better cut edges.
My Craft and Sewing Scissors and How I Use Them
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I have several pairs of scissors that I use for different purposes. Most of them are modern scissors, but I do love using vintage scissors as well, such as the scissors on the bottom left below, which I use to cut paper. To read more about my vintage scissors, check out the blog post Using Vintage Scissors – Practical, Decorative, and Not Just Clutter.
The orange scissors are Fiskars, and I like them for cutting fabric. I cut most of my fabric for quilting and sewing patterns with a rotary cutter, but for other purposes these work fine. The black pinking shears I use only occasionally, and they are very stiff and hard to open and close. In addition, they are made for right-handed people so I find them awkward as a leftie. And the small purple and black scissors I keep in my knitting bag for snipping yarn tails.
The red and aqua scissors in the photo are “Perfect Scissors” by Karen Kay Buckley. I’ll admit I first fell in love with them because they’re two of my favourite colours. But then I read about their soft grip handles, and asked for them as a gift. As soon as I tried them out, I was sold! Given a choice, I always reach for my “Perfect Scissors” first.
The 6 inch aqua scissors are heavily used for all sorts of general purpose crafting, including cutting felt and sticky stabilizer. I especially love how pointy and sharp they are. This comes in very handy when cutting small pieces with precision.
I do a lot of precision cutting when I make felt ornaments designed by MmmCrafts – pictured here, the first four ornaments in the Twas The Night series. The little details are so much fun to create, and choosing colour combinations is my favourite part.
I use the 3.75 inch curved red scissors to trim threads when I’m doing embroidery, as well as when I’m sewing. They are excellent when snipping apart chain-pieced quilt blocks, either at the sewing machine or at the ironing board.
What are “Perfect Scissors,” and Who is Karen Kay Buckley?
Karen Kay Buckley is an award winning quilter, quilting teacher, author, and product designer. She has designed a number of products with “Perfect” in the name, such as quilting rulers and scissors.
“Perfect Scissors” are a line of high-quality scissors for sewing and crafting that currently come in 6 different sizes and styles. Each size or style comes in a different happy colour.
Why You’ll Love “Perfect Scissors”
There are many reasons why you’ll love “Perfect Scissors” and keep reaching for them over your other scissors.
First, these scissors are comfortable. All styles and sizes have flexible handles that make for a soft, comfortable grip when you have a lot of cutting to do. Not only that, but they are designed symmetrically so that they feel great for right handed or left-handed cutters.
“Perfect Scissors” are made of high quality steel. They are all pointed and sharp to the point, allowing for fine detail cutting. But because they have such a sharp point, they all come with a protective cover for the blades. This is an excellent idea for safety around children and pets, or even yourself as sewists and crafters tend to have a lot of sharp tools around!
Several of the pairs of scissors have what are called micro-serrated blades. The itty bitty zig-zagged edge of the blades helps with grip and control when cutting slippery items.
The smallest red scissors are curved at the tip which allows you to snip threads closer to the fabric, but without accidentally cutting your fabric.
Also, you’ll finally have more options than just boring orange and black scissors. You’ll love all the colours that “Perfect Scissors” come in. Each colour is fun and happy, and I’m excited to pick them up and use them. In addition, the different colours helps with recognizing which pair is for which designated use so you can quickly grab the right pair.
And lastly, and most importantly! None of the previous reasons matter if “Perfect Scissors” don’t cut well. But they cut so nicely and smoothly that I guarantee you’ll keep reaching for your “Perfect Scissors” over and over again.
Where to Buy “Perfect Scissors”
I requested my pairs of Perfect Scissors as a gift for Christmas one year, and my parents bought them at their local quilt shop. You can check to see if your local quilt shop/craft store carries them.
You can also buy them directly from the Karen Kay Buckley website.
And of course they are widely available on Amazon. Click the links below to visit the product pages.
Protecting Your “Perfect Scissors” Investment
Because “Perfect Scissors”, or any other high-quality scissors are going to be a monetary investment, it is important to take good care of them. For me, the biggest part of taking care of scissors is using them to cut the right things, and not cutting the wrong things. This can be as simple as cutting paper and fabric with different pairs of scissors.
Here’s a worse example however. I had a pair of scissors that I loved. I believe they were Fiskars, and they also had flexible handles, which made them much more comfortable for long cutting sessions. But I made the mistake of cutting quite a thick wire of a flower stem for a wreath, and put a huge knick in them. After that, they wouldn’t open and close smoothly, which makes them not very useful! Learn from my mistakes and use wire cutters instead.
And finally, make sure to keep your scissors clean and remove any sticky residue that accumulates. If you take good care of your scissors, they will last years, making it smart to invest in high quality scissors for specific purposes, such as the “Perfect Scissors”.
Read about my favourite seam ripper, Cindy’s Seam Ripper.
“Perfect Scissors” Will Be Your Best Scissors
Do you have a favourite pair of scissors? If not, or even if you do, I highly recommend trying “Perfect Scissors”. They’ll be like Lays potato chips – Bet you won’t stop with just one pair!
I want to hear from you! How many pairs of craft and sewing scissors do YOU have? Can you beat my number of 8? Let me know in the comments below.
All the best,
Thank you so much for this, I am going to have to go scissor shopping online now….
You’re welcome Emma! They’re such great scissors.
Your post was very informative and insightful. Thanks so much for sharing all your lovely tips.
You’re so welcome Allie!
As someone who has been cutting anything and everything with a pair of the orange fiskar scissors, this post was so interesting! I’ll have to look into investing in more thoughtful scissor choices. Thanks!
Thanks Katie! I’m glad you found it interesting and I hope you find some scissors you love!