Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tailor's Clapper

Not many folks know about this tool but it can come in handy even if you don't sew but love to iron (there is no one like that here).

I had been thinking about buying a Tailor's clapper for awhile.  My sweet father in-law agreed to make me one and so I showed him a picture and gave him the dimensions.  He loves to work in his workshop and I had hoped that this project wasn't too much of a bother for him.

Here is the finished product:



I know that by now you are wondering what this is used for.  This is a GREAT tool for ironing perfect and crisp creases.  I know that just looks like a shaped block of wood but it is really helpful when ironing creases in pants or when ironing hems. Also, you cannot see them but there are grooves on the sides of the clapper to make it easier to hold on to.  

I use it primarily for hems.  Before I sew a hem, I fold it once and then, using my iron on a cotton setting and steam, I iron it and then hold down the clapper on the hem for about 10 seconds.  






Look how neat that crease is!  Then I fold the hem again and repeat the same process.  This tool is great on jeans, dress pants and my daughter's uniform skirts.  This would be a great tool to use on ironing creases in dress pants and shirt sleeves.

If you don't have a woodworking father in-law to make you one, you can buy a Tailor's clapper at the Nancy's Notions website HERE.     If you get one, let me know how you like it!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Marcia, I took your class a few years ago and have been following your blog ever since. I need to buy a new sewing machine and I read your very helpful post about features, but the list of recommended machines is no longer posted. I'm leaning toward the Brother 60 but was wondering if there were any others that you would recommend with the same features in your post? Thanks so much! Kathleen

Sew Inspired Handmade Love said...

Hi Kathleen! So good to hear from you! I don't know if this is the blog post that you had read, but here is a post that I did on features to look for in a sewing machine that does have a link to the machine that I most often recommended to students (Brother CS6000i). Beyond that machine, I would go to a local dealer and see that they have to offer with the features that I discussed.

http://www.sew-inspired.com/2014/10/helpful-features-on-sewing-machine.html

If you still need some guidance with finding a new machine or need me to take a look at a link for a machine that you are considering, please feel free to email me sew-inspired@hotmail.com.

Thank you!
Marcia

Anonymous said...

Yes, that was the post, not sure how I missed the link. Thanks so much!!