Shears & Pin Safety

Lesson Plan:  Safe Use of Pins and Shears

National Family & Consumer Sciences Standards:

16.0:   Textiles, Fashion & Apparel

16.4.1:  Demonstrate professional skills in using a variety of equipment, tools, and supplies for fashion, apparel, and textile construction, alteration, and repair.

Common Core State Standards:

RST.9-10.3 :  Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Although the use of pins and shears seems obvious, people are still injured using them. This short lesson will remind students of safe use of these essential sewing tools.

Behavioral Objective:

The student will understand and demonstrate proper use of sewing pins and shears.

Time:  1 – 50 minute class period

Materials Needed:


Anticipatory Set:

Discuss that you will be showing students how to safely use the sewing machine.

Instructional Content:

  1. Demonstrate how to use sewing scissors and straight pins. You may use the Safely Using Sewing Shears – Handout under an InFocus projector or as teacher notes.

  1. Demonstrate how to use the sewing machine and give students an opportunity to practice using them.

  1. Students take the written quiz: Sewing Pins & Shears Safety Quiz. The quiz also available to take online at Sewing Pins & Shears Safety ONLINE Quiz

  2. Teachers may access the quiz and student answers here.

  1. Students who were absent can access the YouTube video, Powerpoints and online quiz. Teachers may also choose to give students the Safely Using Sewing Shears.

Flipped Instruction/Independent Study Option:

Students may learn all of the lesson content online at The teacher may give the student the course code: VXMQNH9P  to enter they have logged onto the site. Then under “Washington State Safety Project” they can click on the “Textiles and Apparel” link,then on each page to to learn the information presented and to take the associated quiz.


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