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Thread: Anyone using a Clapper?

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    Member CraftyCarolyn's Avatar
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    Anyone using a Clapper?

    I attended a presentation yesterday on pressing.
    I was amazed at how a clapper helps a seam stay flat.
    The presenter demonstrated it on jean fabric (as if heming jeans)
    with the side seam being so bulky, she steamed one seam and the other she
    steamed and clapped. Wow. it was so much flatter.
    That got me thinking about all the seams in my blocks that won't stay flat.

    I asked my DH if he could make one...he says 'I'll put it on the list'
    so, he says how about a hardwood mason float?
    After a search a local 'big hardware store' has them for $6.
    It doesnt have a point presser on one side but for quilting
    I'm not sure I would need one.
    I'll send him out today for a float and see how it works.

    Happy sewing!

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    I have a one. June Taylor use to sell them but they were discontinued. A clapper has been used for decades by tailors and dressmakers. It is used with steam for the best results. No one will believe how great it does work until they use one. I haven't seen any in stores at all. Here is a picture so if you ever find one at a thrift store or yard sale you'll know what it is. This site has one listed for sale: http://www.cuttinglinedesigns.com/home.aspx
    Got fabric?

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    I guess I dont understand how it works ???

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    My brain is doing its own thing again. When I saw the thread title, the first thing in my mind was the clap on, clap off commercial that airs around Christmas. And I have a clapper, but never thought about using it for stubborn seams on quilts.

    How you use it. The top area is like a very narrow wood ironing board for seams that are hard to get to. The pointed part is for points. The bottom compresses seams. You press, usually using steam, then set the clapper on the seam and push down to compress the seam are. Haven't used mine since I made my last suit.
    Last edited by Krisb; 03-18-2012 at 06:35 AM.
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    Senior Member sewgray's Avatar
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    Haven't used mine since I quit sewing clothes. Maybe I need to get it back out.
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    i have one and have used it alot but when i used to to alterations and was trying to flatten out jeans seams i some times used a hammer (dont tell anybody)

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