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Thread: My "NEW" pressing tool!

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    My "NEW" pressing tool!

    I saw a lady demo HER version at the quilt show in OKcity and figured I could make my own version of it. AFterall, it is only a pressing bar, like a tailors HAM.
    I bought a piece of Oak 1/4 round trim molding at Lowes, had my DH cut it the lengths I wanted and then glued two piece together to get the shape I needed.
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    then I covered the oak stick with a layer of insulbrite and a layer of duck canvas
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    I then stapled it all with a heavy duty stapler, and tapped the staples down smooth with a tiny hammer. I think the end result is nice, but a bit wider than hers though, but that is really not an issue at all. The purpose of having the rolled top is so that the seams press open cleanly! By using unwashed duck cloth I can now steam it to shrink it down nicely! **This view is of the bottom, not the top where I will be pressing!**
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    costs, trim was $6.00, and I got the 18" and a 30" stick out of that. I bought 1/3 yard each of insul-brite and duck canvas for only $4.65, the staples I had. It took all of 40 minutes to make these. YAY for me! Now to see how well this works...I had a tailors sleeve ham but it did not have a small enough hump for the seams..this appears to just right!

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    Please let us know what you think! Great job!
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    Well, aren't you the innovative one! I'm going to have to make a couple of those myself. Thanks for the info!
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    I know what a pressing ham is but what are you pressing with this tool you made? What was she demonstrating at the quilt show?
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    I purchased one of these about a year ago and love it. Makes pressing open seams so easy.

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    Gadget?!?!? did someone say Gadget?!?!?!! oooooooohhhhhh I love gadgets!! Ok so what does this gadget of yours do??

    Thanks for sharing this tute.. but could you be so kind as to tell me what it does and how you use it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbeadit View Post
    I know what a pressing ham is but what are you pressing with this tool you made? What was she demonstrating at the quilt show?
    you press your seams open on strip sets! It works like a dream....you just lie your strip set on this bar and the HMP makes the seam you are pressing just fall in place..easy to press, so straight and nice and clean...LOVE IT

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    Hmm could be cool - will have to try this. Thanks.

    (For those - like me - who do not have a hubby to do the cutting - the Home Depot or wherever you go will cut the lengths you need or if you are like me - just do it myself at the store!)

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    Got everything to make one or two, except for the Insulbrite. I guess it is off to Joannes tomorrow to use my latest coupons. Hmmm, is there anything else I need?
    Sweet Caroline

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    so true Sewmary....I used to work at Lowe's and forgot to mention that!
    Also if you want the 45" bar like the lady sells, you just have to get a piece that is 8' and have them cut 2 pcs at 45" and what is left you can use on something else!

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