I use these snips when I am hand sewing all the time. I even keep a pair of them at my sewing machine at all times. Not having them nearby reminds me of when my daughter Emma was a baby and she would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to find her binky. It’s not pretty folks. I really need to have these close. They are very sharp and have a super satisfying “clip” sound when you use them. One snip, and the thread is cut.