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Thread: MIL's tools (need Help)

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    Super Member Vicki W's Avatar
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    I need help identifying what some of these are used for. This is a portion of the things that I now own.

    Your help is much appreciated

    This piece is wood and is marked June Taylor
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    someone said this might be used for ironing. But How?
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    What is this?
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    I know what this one is..I am looking forward to using it
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    This one says it is a starmaker 5"
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    another picture of the wooden thingie
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    Third picture-item looks a pressing ham. Used in dress making. Pressing a seam over the ham gives shape. EX: pressing a sleeve when it is set into shoulder.

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    Don't know about the first. The second looks like it may be to make scalloped borders. The third is a tailor's ham used for pressing armholes, shoulders, etc.

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    Well the tailor ham was an easy, you can scroll down a little to see it on this site. http://www.sews.com/notions/pressing/pressing.html I use mine for ironing clothes, not for quilting, but maybe someone else can suggest a good use for it in quilting.

    Edited to add....there's alot of faster typers here :-D

    And check out Kayewoods site for all the info you'll need on her rulers.

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    The ironing tool is called a "ham". It is for ironing curves when darning or repairing something.

    I would love to purchase the dahlia pattern. Is it for sale?

    The scallop template is for making scallops on the edge of the quilt.

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    I can't really see the first one, it's all blurry. The second one is used as a templet to make a scalloped edge on a quilt. The third one is used for ironing if you need to put it into and item that you can't iron otherwise. I have on idea what the last one is.

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    Are those round white hoops somehting that you wear on your head. Maybe to magnify work. Hard to tell much from the pictures. Good luck. Info and demo on the Starmaker is on KayWoodTV.com now.

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    Someone told me recently that a ham is sometimes useful when pressing open long seams that are closely spaced on a quilt. The row you want to press open sits on top of the ham and the rows to either side fall away on the downward slopes of the ham so that you don't wind up pressing the other rows closed as you open one. She said there is also a smaller version of the ham that is specifically for that purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    Third picture-item looks a pressing ham. Used in dress making. Pressing a seam over the ham gives shape. EX: pressing a sleeve when it is set into shoulder.
    Yep!! It's a pressing ham! :thumbup:

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    The last pic..June Taylor wooden thingy. Can't see top but I have something similar ..suppose to have dowel going across..holds spool of thread. On top will be place for scissors, etc

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    1 looks like part of a frame
    2 template for making scallopped boarders
    3 pressing ham
    4 pattern holder/stand
    5 dahlia pattern (To see part of one, look on page 125 under Horsing Around. Under the horse blankets is the dahlia quilt my mom made us.)
    6 template for making dresden plates or circlular patterned quilts (Does it say what angle--20 degree--on the ends or edges?)
    7 template for making 2 1/4"-9 3/4" triangles.
    If you look in quilt supply catalogues you can see how they use the products. Nancy's notions is one catalogue or web site.

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    For the first and last one, which appear to be the same, they have JT on them which may stand for June Taylor. I'd google to find her web site and browse to see what she has that are close to these.

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    Boy, do I feel old. I still use a pressing ham sometimes. It is great for curved seams.

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    The 4th picture turns into an easel to put your book or pattern in. I use it for cross stitch.

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    Nancy Zieman uses the pressing ham for quilting when she is pressing seams on small pieces, she says it keeps the fabric from stretching.

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    that was fun

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    Number 6 is a Kaye Wood ruler named Starmaker 5. Here is a link for one of the patterns she has developed for this ruler.

    http://www.kayewood.com/item/Windmil...tern/263/p3c64

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    the first and last are definitely a thread holder. It stands up on the flat part, there should be a small dowell to put through the thread spool and hole on top to insert scissors. Useful to set by your chair when hand sewing. Think you got correct answers to all the rest

    Pat

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