Chances are that one of the first things drummed into your head when learning how to use sewing machines is to never use your good fabric scissors to cut anything other than fabric. Shears designed for this type of work are expensive, so you certainly don't want to damage them by cutting other things.
What about everything else that needs to be cut when making projects on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL F300? The good news is that this problem can be easily solved by making sure your kit of accessories includes the 6 types of scissors referenced below that are each designed for a different purpose.
1. Dressmaker’s Shears
The most important pair of scissors to have for cutting fabric to be sewn on your sewing machine is a high-quality pair of dressmaker’s shears. These scissors are precision made and very sharp. They can also cost quite a bit in comparison to your other sewing scissors.
They produce a very clean cut through fabric, making crisp edges without frays or loose threads. Avoid using your dressmaker’s shears for anything else even clipping threads, as this will quickly dull them.
2. Spring-Loaded Fabric Shears
Dressmaker shears are quite heavy in comparison to most other scissors and can be tiring to use. If you do a lot of cutting and find your hand getting tired before you are finished or suffer from arthritis, spring-loaded fabric shears can be a good alternative.
They are lighter in weight and open automatically, reducing your need to pull them open for the next cut. You could also keep a pair of lightweight fabric shears in your kit to finish cutting so you can move on.
3. Tailor’s Scissors
In addition to your dressmaker’s shears, you should have a sharp pair of tailor’s scissors. These particular scissors are shorter than fabric shears and designed to cut all types of fabric. They are also suitable for cutting heavyweight fabrics like leather and denim or more than one layer of fabric at a time.
Tailor’s scissors are the perfect mate to dressmaker’s shears, cleanly cutting through all types of fabric and leaving clean edges that are ready to be stitched on a Juki HZL F300 sewing machine.
4. Embroidery Scissors
Even if you don't do much embroidery whether by hand or machine, embroidery scissors should be included in your sewing kit. Embroidery scissors are available in two types: scissors and snips. Embroidery scissors are small, sharp, pointed scissors that are useful for trimming little thread tails as you work. Embroidery snips are even smaller. Their tiny, pointy tips are designed to easily slide under individual stitches to snip them without damaging the fabric.
5. Pinking Shears
Pinking shears are specialty scissors that can make your life easier when sewing on Juki sewing machines, especially if you do not have a serger. These shears have a serrated blade that makes a zigzag edge on the fabric. Pinking prevents your seam allowance from fraying and falling apart when you are using bias cut fabric or any other type of material that easily frays.
6. All-Purpose Scissors
No sewing kit is complete without a pair of all-purpose or crafting scissors for anything else you need to cut. All-purpose scissors are great for cutting out and modifying patterns, cutting paper interfacing, and anything else not already described above. A sharp set of all-purpose scissors will also help ensure that your sewing scissors stay nice and sharp for their intended purpose.
Did you have any idea that you needed this many scissors for the sewing projects you make using sewing machines like the Juki HZL F300? If you use the right scissors for the right tasks, all of your scissors will stay sharper longer. You will also see better results with the projects you make on your Juki sewing machine, from cleanly cut fabric to fray-proof seam allowances and neatly clipped thread ends!