A bit more about each one starting from the top
1. Dressmaking Shears - notice their shape, particularly the off-set handles. They are shaped so you can use them along a flat surface, say a table, without lifting the fabric too much. These ones have two different types of blades - one knife edge and the other has little grooves which help hold the fabric while you cut.
2. Pinking Shears
- the blades are jagged and give a zigzag cutting pattern. Great for cutting curves and also trimming the edges of seams so they don't fray.
3. 28mm Rotary Cutter
- more manoeuvrable than the usual 45mm. I use this one when cutting circles (more info below) and cutting out clothing.
4. 45mm Rotary Cutter
- my workhorse cutter of choice. I've got the standard shape on but you can get a more ergonomic version too. ALWAYS replace the safety shield the moment you put this baby down - it will save you from toe surgery if it ever falls off the bench. Mine is an Olfa brand but I use these generic replacement blades
without any issues.
5. Embroidery Scissors
- sharp with a fine point. I use these a lot for cutting out felt letters for appliqué.
6. Buttonhole Punch
- Used with a hammer, the blade on the end will cut through the layers of fabric. Handy to have but not essential
7. Quick Unpick or Seam Ripper
- this lovely wooden one is a gift from one of my Helpdeskers
(hi Bron!). Used for cutting threads rather than fabric but it's important you replace them every now and again as the blade will dull with use.
8. Thread Snips
- Again, used for thread rather than fabric but this is what I gave my pre-schoolers when they insisted on 'helping' in the sewing room before letting them loose in the scrap bin.
9. Cheapy Office Scissors
- used for felt and PDF paper patterns as slicing these will ruin the cutting edge on your good fabric shears.