Guide to buying the Best Cross Stitch Scissors for you

A few weeks ago, I did a guest post on the Kreinik blog about finding the best cross stitch scissors and since then a lot of people have been in contact to get my low down on the best pairs of scissors. So I’m going to go through the process of picking the best scissors for you.

What are you going to use them for?

This might seem a little strange at first, considering you’ve been using scissors already for ages, however, that trusty pair you have might not be the best for all situations.

The All-Purpose Thread Snipper

This is probably the pair you’re thinking about right now, and you really need a trusty pair. If you’re looking for one of these, after you’ve made your selection, check out the other pairs I suggest you buy, as using these scissors for anything other than standard threads, you’re going to blunt them FAST.

Premax Carnival Embroidery Scissors – $22

Everyone has heard of Gold Stork scissors, however thanks to a market full of fakes, its rare to find a good, sharp pair. Instead think about investing in a funky pair such as these Premax ones.

Premax Carnival Embroidery Scissors (source:
Premax Carnival Embroidery Scissors (source:

Double Curved Sewing Machine Scissors – $22

I know this will initially sound crazy, after all these are called sewing machine scissors, however the double curve design allows you to get right into the threads without casting shadows, brushing the threads, or obscuring your view. Also they totally make you feel like a surgeon.

Premax Double Curved Machine Sewing Scissors (source:
Premax Double Curved Machine Sewing Scissors (source:

The Speciality Thread Snipper

We said above that a thread snipper is a pair of scissors no stitcher should be without, however for many, that’s as far as it goes. But in reality, threads such as glow in the darks, or a metallic (a scissors worst enemy) blunt or gouge sections out of your thread snippers, meaning you’ll get bad cuts. In addition, due to the extra force needed to cut them, these special threads pull the scissors apart, meaning they’ll sit poorly in the hand.
Therefore, in addition to your trusty standard pair, get one of these:

Sodial Metal Grip Shears – $3

These traditional Japanese shears don’t peel apart like other thread scissors, and their low price means you can change them often (which you’ll have to) without much pain.
Pro tip: you can find black-tipped pairs; don’t get these, they are for bonsai, and have a coating on them that can stain threads.

Japanese style cross stitch scissors (source:
Japanese style cross stitch scissors (source:

Premax 4″ Weavers Scissors – $6

Alternatively, you can get a pair of plastic handled Premax scissors which are much more expensive, but you can purchase replacement heads at $2 each time. They’re nicer in the hand, and easier to snip for people with stiff fingers.

Premax 4 inch weavers scissors (source:
Premax 4 inch weavers scissors (source:

Canary Mini Snips – $10

One of our all time favorite scissors, these micro snips are fully safe to fly with, can fit on a keychain, are round tipped, and super easy to use!

Canary Micro Scissors in a palm (Source:
Canary Micro Scissors in a palm (Source:

The Fabric Cutter

Thirdly, you need a good pair of scissors to cut all that aida fabric. Most people use their desk scissors, or (I really hope this isn’t you) their kitchen scissors. I don’t have to tell you that those scissors are coated in all kinds of nasty stuff, and if you use desk scissors are usually blunt as well. Therefore, invest in a good pair of fabric scissors and keep them for fabric only.

Fiskars Fabric Scissors – $15

Fiskars fabric scissors (unlike many other brands) are made from titanium. This means that firstly they’ll last forever without the need for sharpening, however, they’re also capable of cutting through thick aida fabric. Their formed handle is also a great fit (they come in right or left-handed).

Fiskars 4 inch fabric scissors (source:
Fiskars 4 inch fabric scissors (source:

The Plastic Canvas/Waste Canvas Cutter

Finally, spare a thought for waste and plastic canvas. These plastic-coated fabrics will blunt any scissors, so you need to be prepared with a serious solution.

Fiskars RazorEdge Soft Grip Scissors – $15

You ideally want something razor-sharp, so these Fiskars RazorEdge pair really work wonders, however, any stainless-steel pair will work, just remember to sharpen them often!

Fiskars RazorEdge Soft Grip Scissors (source:
Fiskars RazorEdge Soft Grip Scissors (source:

X-acto Z Series Number 1 Knife – $8

Alternately, pick up a quality craft knife instead. With easy swap-out blades and a trusted brand like X-acto, this Z number 1 blade will last you a long time!

X-acto Z Number 1 Craft Knife (source:
X-acto Z Number 1 Craft Knife (source:

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  1. Baba StringThings

    5″ sharp/sharp titanium surgical scissors are my all time favourite scissors, and I have been through a LOT of scissors. As a lefty, scissor selection is a real pain. 🙁

    When I need something very delicate and sharp I use my 4-1/2″ Noyes Iris Scissors. The are “squeezers” used in eye surgery.

    Bonus, inexpensive versions are available on amazon, and they are plenty good for a crafter. Plus they look very badass! 😉

    There are lefty surgical scissors available but they are far and few between and pricey; the right handed versions are easier to use then most righty scissors IMHO.

  2. Sue

    Unfortunately, “uni-grip” doesn’t make scissors left-handed. The blades need to be reversed so that we can actually see what we are cutting. And we have to put an unnatural twist on right-handed blades so that they actually cut. Over a span of years, this can cause hand problems such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Even when I’ve found true left-handed scissors, sharpening is a problem. Fiskars sharpener won’t work on their left-handed scissors. Sometimes being left-handed is a real handicap.

  3. LordLibidan

    It really depends on what type of scissor you’re looking for. Almost all embroidery scissors are ‘uni-hold’, including shears. If you’re looking for fabric scissors your choice is limited to Fiskars, or Premax. Premax is pretty dang hard to get if you’re outside of the US though.

  4. Sue

    Which of these companies make left-handed versions of these scissors? I know that Fiskars makes some styles, but have had trouble finding lefty versions from other companies.