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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.

    mltquilt

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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?
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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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    I'm confused, dose the trim have a flat side and is that the sides you glued together? Does the glued finished piece give you a half circle shape?

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    I like your new gadget. Very innovative of you. Thanks for posting.

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    Is this molding flat on one side? When you talk about gluing two pieces together what do you mean?

    Here is the original:http://thestripstick.com/buy_products
    Thanks

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    yes, 1/4 round means that two sides are flat. YOu want to glue the sides together that will give you a nice DOME top!

    I just bought the narrower trim to try and make a skinnier one! Will get pix tonight I hope!

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    Oh, man, gadgets!!!!! I'm a sucker for them!! Went to site and I like that Seams thingy, too. Both of these would help me sew the pageant sashes that I make. They are soooo long and since the back wraps around to the front, the seams are very important or the sash won't look right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan in AK View Post
    Is this molding flat on one side? When you talk about gluing two pieces together what do you mean?

    Here is the original:http://thestripstick.com/buy_products
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    2 pieces of 1/4 round glued together will give you a domed 1/2 round. Look at the pictures on the link, that should help you understand the concept.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Very clever. Might be handy for pressing seams for some types of Quilt as You Go.

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    In the picture , the tool looks like it has a flat bottom, but with Jaciqltznok's directions it looks like you have a round dowl with a 1/2 diameter. If that 's not right , I don' t get it. I am sorry for being so dense.

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    I should let Jaciq answer but what you get when you glue the two flat sides together is a peice just exactly like the original presser. It will be flat on the bottom and have a 1/2" dome on the top. (you really are clever, girl!)

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    My DH is making me one also. He bought 48 inches of quarter round molding. I had not thought to use insulbrite, I was going to cover it with canvas or heavy duck.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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    What a great gadget! I'm going to make one for me and my sister. Thanks for the directions!

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    cool! great work.

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    You are so clever! Thanks for the tip.

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    I went to the site posted and it is easy on there to tell how it works. Thanks for the tip.
    Sewbeadit
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    I need this tool so bad. Thanks for the tip.

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