How to Adjust Pinking Shears

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Scissor oil

Pinking shears create zig-zag designs with minimal effort.

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.


Step 1

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

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Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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


Over-tightening the screw may damage the pinking shears.



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