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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Let' Clap for TAILOR.......( Taylor's Clapper)



My Nanny had one, in fact there is no doubt she had many in her lifetime as I remember different sizes and shapes. I went looking for mine since  I have been designing peter pan collars and doll clothes. 


I had no idea where it is packed ( it could even be in storage since I don't remember seeing it for many years)  so I ordered one from this amazing carpenter....

JacksonsWoodworksLLC.


William is a wonderful craftsman, mine is made from Oak, it is recommended you have hard word T.C. because they will not leak sap or stain your garments and they just hold up better. 




Here are 3 sizes...the small one is perfect for the Dish Dress as well doll clothes...
the medium size is perfect for blouses, when you want a perfect crease...the large for mens shirts...ONCE you have one, you will note how remarkable they are....

I can't believe I have not used one in years....but now with all this fussing, my ironing days are filled with even more JOY....I know pretty silly...I LOVE IRONING.....

And what is a Tailor's clapper? Well here is my explanation and I found a video to help...



A tailor's clapper is a tool that helps you get amazingly crisp, flat pressed seams and creases.  Using your iron, first press your seam, be sure to steam it a lot...  Remove your ion and immediately place your clapper, trapping the steam and hold down for a few moments. Release and you will note a perfect set seam or crease...Worth celebrating as it took so little effort... That is what a Tailor's Clapper does.... 

Tailors Clapper video... Imagine the possibilities and she was working with a fabric that has lots of body..


 Do you have one of these?






And some Haunted Dish Dresses in the near future...
Here are just some I picked up the other day...

I will be needing my Tailor's Clapper for some haunting ruffles...

But for now, I will be completing my September Paper Lady
after all, tomorrow is SEPTEMBER..

Wow, our summer sped by with lightning speed...








Halloween is right around the corner, another delicious time for us, we will be heading
on a trip that will be our future home....so much to plan for, which makes every season so enriching, we say goodbye to one season and HELLO to the next....we only have so many more to experience....

Create Memories....





13 comments:

  1. The clapper, how interesting. May have to try this. I did create memories recently! I have to say I did blow it. I saw pictures of your "Dish Dress", but did not read, key word here, read what it was all about. Boy did I miss up on some super towels!! Thought they were full size aprons! Don't ask, But when you are cruising the world, sewing didn't register correctly. Now I wish I had rethought that. What cute "Dish Aprons" I could be sewing up right now. I could have had a puffin, houses from Amsterdam, Scenes from Iceland, Tartan plaids from Scotland. Can I go on that trip again??? Hope you are having a great day!

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    1. HI Mary...you must be back, your trip was good and yes I am sure you will be packing again very soon for your next adventure...it must of been heavenly....

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  2. Thank you for this interesing post, Samm! I have never heard of these things before, but I use "tailor's ham" (I've bought it recently so I just start to get used to it :)). The more I learn about sewing, the more I understand that I stil know nothing about it!

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    1. HI Masha....I too have a tailors ham , a few of those, and they are great for sleeves and such but this is just great when trying not to burn your hands pressing wee things..and the results are very crips seams and pleats....

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    2. p.s I too will never know it all, in fact the more I know, the less I know ...wink

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  3. Good Morning Samm! What a nice post to wake up to today. I will be searching out a clapper for myself too. I had never heard of using this tool, so I am so glad you did a post about them. So that is how you get those little DD collars so perfect! I too love ironing, imagine that...lol. It is one of my favorite pastimes you know. Can't wait for Halloween this year either. xx

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    1. HI Cori...yes this is a tool a must have for anyone who is doing pressing of small things...you will not be disappointed, love tools...it just makes our job easier as designers and sewers...imagine no needles...lol

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  4. Well, you learn something new every day!

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    1. HI Karen...isn't it wonderful to learn about a new tool...I am like that when I come across anything that makes my job easier...so yes to clappers lol

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  5. Hi Samm, Thank you for sharing this "Clapper" tutorial. I had never heard of it but what an amazing tool, I think I need one too. I recognaise the not so straight seams but I thought this was normal. I am not a very good sewing lady, the sewing machine is always bossy over me.
    I am always a bit sad when the summer is over, especially because we had a bad one this year with cold, rainy days and less sun than we used too. But I love the fall too. Greets, Nienke

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    1. Good Morning Nienke...as shared, these clappers are valuable tool for anyone doing embroidery and pressing seams, it makes it look like you starched everything, and they are not expensive, the small one is an ideal size ...My machine is bossy too wink...
      OUr summer has been very dry and very hot, I won't miss that...we have to find something about each season to cherish...for me it will be the mornings on our deck watching the birds xx

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  6. I have used one for years and can't imagine sewing without one.

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    1. HI Mary. I too used it for years and then packed it away and forgot until I was pressing wee things and I thought......I need my clappers lol...I just used it today for towels...amzing ...

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