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Seriously? Ironing board that melts.

I’m bummed. The sleeve board I use melted when I blew steam off my iron at cotton/linen setting. 

I know the temperature was high.  But that’s what the ironing board for, isn’t it?

This is the one from a very popular notion brand bought at a big craft/fabric chain store. Good thing I bought when it was on 50% off sale. Probably I can get refund or replacement if I bring it, but I figured that it’s not worth my time finding the receipt of that specific purchase from my receipt storage (aka. Trash can in my office).

If you want a good long use out of sleeve board, this is not the one. I ordered from Amazon that Angela Wolf was using on her Craftsy class. Though it was 6x more expensive, I won’t make mistake again.  I also order an iron shoe because the melted fabric was sort of glued on my iron. Most of them was removed by rubbing on muslin, but just in case. It’s good to watch what pro uses.

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I love tailor’s clapper!

Tailor’s clapper is a simple piece of hardwood.

Official one looks like this:

Tailor’s clapper

“Official” Tailor’s clapper

 

Another "official" tailor's clapper

Another “official” tailor’s clapper

I learned of it from a couple of Craftsy classes (I can write a LOT) about them! This works for jeans.  You first blow a lot of steam from iron and then press with this piece of wood until it cools down.  This will make the crease so stable and crisp.  When I used just steam iron, jean hem couldn’t hold its place.  I either hand basted or used a fusible web before topstitching.

The price varies wildly.  And based on what I saw on craftsy, I understood that any small piece of hardwood will work (soft wood will warp by moisture from steam). So my husband, who likes wood carving, and I went to Woodcraft store and bought an assorted wood piece – like 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 8″ x 4 pieces.  It was about $20.  They were all from different woods and I picked the one that was the heaviest.  And I use it as is.  No grooves, no curves.  just a rectangular solid piece of wood.  This works!!!! I no longer have to baste the jean hem.  It will just stay in place.  It is so cheap, if you choose my route. And it improves sewing so much.  It is definitely worth getting!

Give a lot of steam and press with this “clapper”!

 

With steam iron. Basting will be needed.

 

After press with clapper. Crisp fold stay.

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