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    Super Member ginnie6's Avatar
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    http://www.piecesbewithyou.com/patte...ker_detail.htm

    Susan Cleveland spoke at our guild meeting Monday night and had a quilt she had used this with to make. You really could not feel any seam!

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    From the hardware store :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I haven't tried that technique. Maybe with the mini quilt I am working on since it has a lot of tiny pieces and bulky seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I haven't tried that technique. Maybe with the mini quilt I am working on since it has a lot of tiny pieces and bulky seams.
    Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised how flat they come out!

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    LOL, I'm going to watch this thread...
    This tool looks like it could not only be helpful, but might be lots of fun too!

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    I use a Clapper (Tailor's press) on all my seams. It does make a big difference. An old flat iron will work great and a heavy bacon press will do the same job. You want something heavy that will absorb the heat from the fabric fast after you press the seam flat. The hammer flattening will eventually unflat if not pressed and sealed in place by removing the heat fast. The tailor's press wasn't used for the fun of it. It works.

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    hmmm, might have to raid DH's tool box LOL

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    hmmmm, I'm hand piecing the FWQ & this might work with those MANY tiny bulky seams...or at least make me feel better. I think I still have my son's old plastic hammer from...hmmm 20 years ago? I bet it would work. Every time I think to get it out & give to the grandsons...I put it right away & think "I'm not that stupid!"

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    I use this technique, also. It really does make a difference.

    Quote Originally Posted by katier825

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I think we have a wooden mallet around here somewhere that I could use for that. I also have a tailor's clapper, also stored away somewhere. Should be able to locate one of them.

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    katier825...I do the same as you. As for the mallet....I think a person could pick up a rubber mallet from any hardware store for a lot less than $17!!!!

    Patti

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    You can use a regular small nail hammer just put batting over the head of it. The heavier the hammer the better.

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    A little gentle stress relief as well!

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    I use this technique. Also, author Sally Collins (Mastering Precision Piecing and other titles) recommends heating seams with a flat iron, then placing the heated block under a weight such as a square quilter's ruler with something heavy on top of that and leaving all until the heat dissipates.

    Quote Originally Posted by katier825

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    Love her disclaimer: ineffective on tummies, thighs, and buttocks)

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    rubber mallet at Harbor Fright $2.49

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    One of the gals I work with has one and she loves it. She got hers from a vendor at a quilt show when they first came out.

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    I use a rubber mallet on my quilts. It works great. But, there is no need to spend 17.00 on one. Check out the local hardware store. DH got one for me for 4.99.

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    Lowe's has then in different weights.

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    Oh, man!! I gotta go to Harbor Freight!! Everybody finds the greatest deals there!!

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    I keep a hammer in my studio just for this purpose. Have been using it for years and it works great. Just a plain ole regular hammer.

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    I have one of those mallets in my leather tooling area. Hummmn, and I wondered why tools and supplies migrated.

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    ...definitely cheaper in a hardware store!

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    LOL - was thinking the exact thing. That's where I got my 45mm rotary blade - sold as carpet cutters - and cheap - and yes they work really great!

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