How to Adjust Pinking Shears

Pinking shears create zig-zag designs with minimal effort.
Pinking shears create zig-zag designs with minimal effort. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Pinking shears are a specialty tool used to make tidy cuts from fabric in a zig-zag pattern. If these shears become unwieldy by becoming too slack or rigid in their movement, adjusting them is a simple process. There is no specific perfect setting for pinking shears, as the tightness of the tool is completely reliant upon the user’s preferences. Once you adjust the shears to a setting you like, fabric-based crafting will surely be more enjoyable.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Scissor oil

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Spread the shears to a 45-degree angled cross shape.

Tighten or loosen the bolt holding the blades together with a screwdriver.

Hold one of the handles and allow the other half to drop. Optimally, the other blade will move slightly under gravity.

Clean and lubricate the pinking shears by applying scissor oil to the blades.


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