Sewing Tools: How to use pinking shears

Pinking shears are a handy tool to have in your sewing kit. Here’s what they are and when to use them.

Pinking shears are scissors with a sawtooth blade, that creates a zigzag edge when cutting fabric.

What are pinking shears?

Pinking shears are used to finish the edge of woven fabric, to reduce fraying and unravelling. It won’t completely stop fraying, particularly on looser weave fabrics.

What are pinking shears used for?

Store properly: – Store your pinking shears with the blades closed – Don’t let them bump up against other scissors or sewing tools

How do I keep my pinking shears sharp?

Never use your pinking shears to cut paper (just like sewing scissors) – that’s a surefire way to dull the blades.

Wipe the blades with a clean cloth to remove any residue or debris that could dull the blades.

Cutting aluminium foil or sandpaper can hone the blades of your pinking shears and improve their cutting performance (but is not a replacement for having them professionally sharpened).

When your pinking shears no longer give a clean cut, it’s time to get them professionally sharpened. Each tooth needs to be sharpened at the correct angle, which is best left to the experts!

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