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Thread: Pressing workshop

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    Super Member Rose_P's Avatar
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    Thanks for sharing the information. It would never have occurred to me that I might need to take a pressing workshop! I learn something new every day on this board! I've probably seen vintage clappers in antique stores and had no idea what they were. It looks like something I need right now! How did this simple tool ever fade from common use? I've also never heard of a Steady Betty, which looks like another must-have. I have had a tailor's ham and seam roll forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RGAY View Post
    Here is a site with a picture of a clapper on Amazon. I have a big one and a smaller one. An appliqué instructor also said a small block of wood that is clean and well sanded works just as well, except you don't have the handy handle for applying pressure. They really do work - they absorb the heat from the fabric. It's like magic!

    http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Hand-In...essing+clapper
    Holy, moly. I've had one of those for years and had no idea of it's dollar VALUE. Guess I better put it to quilting use. Used it for garment sewing but haven't done that as much as quilting, of late. Thanks for the post.

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    My pressing board which I made myself is very accurate for pressing. The first one I made, I really padded it up with an old blanket and batting and this was a mistake because all that padding does cause your fabrics to stretch. Ask me how I know. I need to redo that one. The next one I made, I used a wooden board, a heavy duty plastic garbage bag (to wrap around the wood to keep moisture from getting to the wood and causing warping), one layer of warm and white batting and a piece of canvas as the top layer. I stapled each layer tightly to the wood. When I put the canvas on, I pulled it as tight as I could and my husband stapled it. I then sprayed the canvas with water and let it dry several times. It made the canvas shrink and pulled it really tight. I also made a muslin pillow case to some of the boards so if it got dirty or scorched I could either wash it or replace the light weight case cheaply. I figured this out when I sprayed my fabric with spray basting instead of starch. What a mess that was and I had to throw the fabric away. I found a half a sheet of plywood in the scrap wood section for only a few dollars at one of these places and I had them slice the board in half and then whack up the other piece into smaller pieces. It was 3-4 cuts and they did not charge me. I made these for my for friends and family. I looked at the pressing boards and they were so expensive I decided to make my own. I doubt I have $40 in all that I made. The cotton canvas was probably the most cost. It takes less than 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size. The homemade ones are probably not quite as pretty but they work just fine unless you put too much padding.

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    Bellaboo,
    1. Do you have to press the clapper down onto the fabric or can you just let it sit there while it all cools off?
    2. Is that foam backed vinyl the same thing you can make plastic tablecloths out of?
    3. I don't have a Steady Betty but I use the duck cloth covering a layer of warm and white. Two layers was a little bit squishy. I also have the JT pressing board but mine is squishy and slippery and the measurements on it are for the birds.

    Thanks much for the post!

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    RE:1. Do you have to press the clapper down onto the fabric or can you just let it sit there while it all cools off?

    Also approximately how long do you have to leave it on the seam (assuming it's been heated up good first) before you can remove the clapper and proceed to another seam?

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