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Stork Scissors

I am sure most of you have seen, or even own, a pair of stork scissors. But, do you know the story behind them? This particular pair belonged to my mother and were well used!

Originally, stork scissors were not scissors at all. They were invented as umbilical clamps that midwives used in their birthing kits. While attending home births, there were often several hours of waiting. Midwives would do their sewing to pass the time. These scissors were later manufactured as embroidery scissors when home births began to dwindle and hospital births became the norm.

There you have it! The story of the “birth” of stork embroidery scissors.

Robbie Siebert