The Best Dressmaking Scissors?

ernest wright scissors

Have you heard of Ernest Wright and Son? They’re a Sheffield scissor factory where craftsmen produce handmade steel scissors. But Ernest Wright is no Victorian set up. They are canny enough to have their own Instagram account and you really must watch The Putter – a video set around one of their craftsmen.

the putter

I was lucky enough to be up North for Christmas, and popped into Sheffield for the last of my Christmas shopping, where I took a quick diversion to pay homage to the closed Ernest Wright factory:

Ernest Wright CollageIf you’re a fan of Northern cities, you should definitely listen to Jarvis Cocker’s Musical Map Of Sheffield. I grew up at a similair time to Jarvis, a little further south, but with Sheffield as a big part of my childhood.

Anyway, this is all a long way of saying – guess what I received for Christmas?

scissors ernest wright

These are to add to my already sizeable scissor collection, but as I commented, ‘A dressmaker can never have too many scissors.’ It’s true! I’m a particular fan of thread snippers that I can loop a length of velvet ribbon through and hang from my neck.

thread snipper

scissors pink handles

These pink handled 8 inch dressmakers shears come with a donation to Breast Cancer Care. Mine are left handed scissors – my first! I can’t wait to see if they transform my life. Despite their heft, they’re not too heavy at all and just begging to cut out a new dress.

Did you receive any sewing-related items for Christmas?

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28 Responses to The Best Dressmaking Scissors?

  1. Thimberlina says:

    Sheffield is on my door step so I think I’ll be paying a visit there very soon! I love the huge scissors in the morning window. I received a fab bunch of sewing related pressies as I took part in a bloggers secret Santa which was really exciting!

  2. karen says:

    I received the black dressmaking scissors for my birthday in November so asked for the white embroidery snips from MIY for Xmas. Perfect for snipping notch mark as well as threads. I am a Leeds Lass so it’s great to support them K xXx

  3. Lesley King says:

    Left handed scissors rule! its also a handy way of making sure no one ever borrows them!

  4. Lucky you! I can bear witness to the game-changer that is left-handed scissors! It makes you wonder what else you’ve been putting up with as a left-hander!!

  5. Jenny Lester says:

    These look wonderful and such a craft which is sadly disappearing in this country. Whilst I didn’t receive any sewing related gifts (my family know I have absolutely everything I need after 60yrs of sewing/knitting) I did give my sewing students a little gift this Christmas. I regularly have to remind them about seam allowances be it 5/8ths or a 1/2 inch which can change the size of a garment considerably one way or another. So the small size gauge which has 14 different measurements is indispensable – unfortunately only metric see a link here
    Keep posting Karen !!

  6. Cally Yates says:

    I have had a pair of their small scissors for at least 10 years. They are still sharp after constant use despite, sometimes, being used for paper. Naughty, naughty me.

  7. I follow their Instagram, they have great scissors. I want a pair of theirs and a pair of Kais. I want to see what all the fuss is about. 🙂

  8. GinPoodle says:

    They usually take a stand at all the major craft fairs so you can try a pair out before you buy if you have tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show or the Festival of Quilts or the like.

  9. Mary says:

    You will wonder what happened to that dent that always appears over your right hand thumb (from wrong-sided scissors) after you begin using left-handed scissors. A game changer, indeed. Enjoy!

  10. Kelly says:

    I got those thread snips myself from my husband! I was very pleased and also amused that my shiny metal present didn’t come in a jewelry box like some friends

  11. Claire says:

    Your scissors and snips look brill! I made a wish list and received carbon paper and a roller thingy, some top stitching thread and the Ginger jeans pattern. So, I now need to source some good stretch denim….

  12. PsychicKathleen says:

    I went to their site and ordered a pair of those snips! I’ve been searching for a decent pair that can be sharpened so thank you for that! You’re absolutely right that a sewing woman can never have too many scissors 🙂 I am a little chagrined every time I open my scissors drawer 🙂

  13. Halfknit says:

    Those scissors look rather nice! My husband bought me a clapper – after I watched your impressive demonstration!

  14. you’re a lefty? i bought my then BF a pair of left handed scissors a few years ago. he was 58 years old, didn’t even know there was such a thing. and then he asked me to marry him. and i said yes.

  15. Robin says:

    What lovely handles, they are such a distinctive color, and for a good cause too. I am extremely left-handed and know you will enjoy them. Having lost my job recently due to a layoff (Merry Christmas indeed!), I was on the road for a final trip to company HQ last week and treated myself along the way to purchases of fabric from Les Fabriques in Charlottesville, Virginia and to Fabric Mart in eastern Pennsylvania. It was a ‘gift to self’. I like to think it’s also a necessity as I have committed to no clothing purchases for basically the remainder of my natural life. Thank you Karen for your wonderful blog, and have a great 2016!

  16. Carolyn says:

    Left-handed scissors! Be still my heart. 🙂 I wish there were left-handed versions of everything you use with your hands. It makes a difference. Enjoy your new treasures!

  17. Candie says:

    I got a clapper, thanks to you! I love that thing, already since Christmas it has been used many times. How did I not know about this wonderful tool before now?

    I would love a pair of these pink beauties to add to my collection also! Wonder if they will ship to Alaska?

    Have a great 2016!

  18. rosemary says:

    ooh lefty scissors. I haven’t had those since I was a kid, just sucked it up and got use to using my right hand.How is it?

  19. I received a lovely wood rack for my thread! It was my favorite gift. Those scissors are awesome!

  20. says:

    I absolutely love their dressmakers scissors. I have a 10″ pair of fabric shears. Didn’t realise they did thread snippers as well though. Might have to treat myself!

  21. You put me to shame. I am always “misplacing” my scissors, especially my good shears and have been known to use the “three for a quid” ones from IKEA that I got for cutting wallpaper when stuck. Thanks for the info on the scissor manufacturer’s. I will start dropping hints now. The snips look amazing. I had a chuckle with Sheffield being “up north”. I always feel very south when I am that way. Lovely, lovely place though. Xx

  22. susew says:

    Being the only lefty in my family, my only choice was “normal” right handed scissors. Tried left handed scissors once and couldn’t use them.
    Enjoy your scissors and sturdy, for-ever, thread clippers.
    I just bought fabric ( 50% off) for a weekend, winter dress and cotton poplin for pants.

  23. They look like wonderful scissors and I’m sure the fact that they’re left-handed will make a huge difference. Santa brought me some hot glue sticks, my emergency back-up for quick sewing jobs that need a bit of help 🙂 All the best for 2016. Felicity

  24. tinygoldenpins says:

    Even though the exchange rate is horrid for me, I just ordered my own Ernest Wright left-handed scissors, although I couldn’t get a color — I bought the 8-inch. I’ve been looking for a new pair of scissors and there is something so satisfying about supporting a product that is made by an industry that hasn’t changed in decades. Thank you for showing up with this post at the right time — I credited your blog, by the way!!!

  25. Mary says:

    hi, I noticed on the right there is a shopping guide, I live extremely close to Walthamstow Market, its where I get all my fabric as its quite cheap e.g. £2.00 a metre, some shops have it at 50p. Lots of Asian, African as well as the traditional English ones. There are also stalls that sell from 2.00 per metre, and haberdashery stall and shops. Really good value.

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