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Thread: Pressing clapper

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    Pressing clapper

    I read the thread on quilting. I have a query. Do you have to use steam in the iron or will a dry iron work?
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    Some people use steam, others don't. If you feel a need for steam and your iron doesn't have it, you can always spritz the fabric with water.

    I like steam because it seems to get the wrinkles out of the fabric faster. But when I travel, I don't have steam available, so I just use the dry iron.

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    my steam doesn't work as my iron is a cheap dollar store one so I use a spray bottle when ironing. works for me without alot of expense of a new iron

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    The videos I've seen on using a clapper have all used steam - with the adage that it's not steam that distorts the fabric, but the person pressing, lol.
    I think clappers are difficult to get here, other than eBay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    The videos I've seen on using a clapper have all used steam - with the adage that it's not steam that distorts the fabric, but the person pressing, lol.
    I think clappers are difficult to get here, other than eBay.
    I was going to try plained piece of wood covered with and not covered with cotton teaowel. I think they are also ver expensive. But if they really work will twist my cousins arm to make one.( his hobby is wood turning). I just wonder if it works without steam as well. Is it heat or water vapour that sets seam.?
    Lovely to speak to someone in this country.
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    Nancys notions has a tailors clapper. I have had one for several years that I got from Nancys

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    In my past life of sewing clothes, my husband made me a clapper. I found it to be most effective when using a damp press cloth. I have not thought about using it for quilts.

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    I use the clapper with and without steam. Here is the best price I've found for a clapper: http://maryjos.com/notions/notions-p...er-clapper-771
    Got fabric?

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    I got a clapper cheap at an estate sale. I usually go if I see one with sewing items....can get some pretty good deals that way!!

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    Knitette in her reply said it is difficult to purchase in England and I'm sure to buy in USA would cost an arm and a leg to post. I will keep looking.
    I have tried it with a dry iron wet starch on fabri and a cotton tea towel around a piece of wood. It definitely made a lovely looking seam. I fact the wood kept on working on othe starched areas wilt the iron. I did not press hard just lay it on top and it did a great job. I think a cousin will be a useful phone call.
    Thank you everyone.
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