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Project by TheDane posted 07-19-2014 06:50 PM 897 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is a quilter, and asked me if I could make a ’Tailor’s Clapper’ for her.

Huh?

It turns out a ‘Tailor’s Clapper’ is a tool that helps get crisp, flat pressed seams and creases in fabric. She just presses her seam with a hot steam iron, then lifts the iron and places the clapper over the seam and holds it in place until the fabric cools. The clapper traps the heat and steam in the fabric, making the seam as flat as possible.

I made this one out of red oak scraps. It is 9 1/2” long, 1 11/16” high, and 3” wide at the wide end. The narrow end is 2 1/8” wide. I routed grooves in each side with a 1/2” core box bit to make it easier for her to grip.

Points!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 07-19-2014 07:12 PM

Perhaps your wife will be so pleased she will help clean up your shop…...doesn’t work here either

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 07-19-2014 07:24 PM

My wife & I just learned something… and she is quite an excellent seamstress… “Never heard of it”... LOL

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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TheDane

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#3 posted 07-19-2014 08:25 PM


Perhaps your wife will be so pleased she will help clean up your shop…...doesn t work here either

Tried that … pretty much a non-starter.


My wife & I just learned something… and she is quite an excellent seamstress… “Never heard of it”... LOL

So, now I suppose you’ll be making one for her?!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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lightweightladylefty

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 04:35 AM

Gerry,

It’s always fun to learn something new. After many decades of sewing, maybe I can get one, too!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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TheDane

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 11:18 AM


It s always fun to learn something new. After many decades of sewing, maybe I can get one, too!

I can’t vouch for it personally, but the expert quilter down the hall says it is great! If she is happy, I am happy.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Don Johnson

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 01:42 PM

Thanks, TheDane, my wife is also a quilter so I’ve made one for her.

Be interesting to see if she finds it suits her !

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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TheDane

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#7 posted 07-21-2014 03:44 PM


”... my wife is also a quilter so I’ve made one for her.”

I had never heard off such a thing until SWMBO brought it up. She told some of her friends about it at the quilt club meeting the other day and now she wants me to take orders! When I made hers, I took the time to make a pattern so in the future I could knock them out pretty quick on the router table.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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mafe

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#8 posted 07-25-2014 08:13 AM

Wonderful to make tools or things for the once we love.
Lucky wife. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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