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Date: 4/17/10 4:06 PM

I just bought a tailor board like this on ebay (vintage but completely unused, and for a pretty good price). It's just the wooden board, and I'd like to make some covers for it (it's impossible to find just the covers). Any tips or recommendations for doing that? I've never made an ironing board cover or anything like that before, and I don't really know how to go about it.

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Date: 4/17/10 5:06 PM

Pattern McCalls 2728 includes a tailor board cover, and gives instructions on what to line it with. It is OOP at McCalls' but I see that Deepika is still selling one, plus you an find it on ebay.

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Date: 4/17/10 6:23 PM

I use my tailor board without the cover, and I think quite a few other people do, too. The cover doesn't fit the board very well, and it's a hassle to get it on and off. I would offer to send you my cover, but unfortunately I don't have it any more. Nevertheless, you'll love your tailor board. It's very handy.

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Date: 4/19/10 10:12 AM

I was planning to use it mostly without a cover, but thought a cover might be useful in certain situations - but maybe I'll find I don't need it. I'm sure I will find the tailor board very useful. I use my sleeve roll and ham a lot, but on the last blouse I was working on - one with 3 layered collars - I found I really needed something to help me press the points. Now I have that!

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Date: 4/19/10 11:21 AM

I don't think you'll need the cover, but if you'd like to try it just send me a PM. I was digging through my stash this morning and just found the padded covers I thought I'd misplaced.

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Date: 4/22/10 12:30 PM

oops! I meant to respond and forgot, lol.

Nancy, thank you for the offer! I think that, at least at first, I will try using it without the cover as you suggest, but if I find that I want/need it, I will let you know. I'm expanding my pressing tools collection; I also just bought a large tailor's ham - it's bigger than the dressmaker's ham, which is what most of us have. It's huge and awesome. Next up is a contoured ham, if I can find one on ebay for a good price. The pattern Therisa suggested does include a contoured ham, so I may have to get it.

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Date: 4/22/10 6:42 PM

Just let me know if decide you'd like the cover, but I really think you'll do fine without it.

I believe a contoured ham is simply another name for the ham, so you already have this item. A large tailor's ham is so handy. When I found one at a thrift shop a few months ago, I snapped it up because they're so hard to find.

One item you might want to add to your collection is a ham holder. The large ham fits it perfectly. The Clotilde website is one of the few places that carries this notion.








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Date: 4/22/10 9:49 PM

I'm looking for a contoured ham like the one in the middle of the first photo in this post on Miss Celie's blog.

I love the big ham! I can't wait to have a need for it, lol. I know I will find it handy. I just love how hefty it is. I would love a ham holder and I've had trouble tracking one down, so thanks for the recommendation. I did read that the tailor board can actually serve as an ham holder if you don't have a real one.

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Date: 4/23/10 8:50 PM

I didn't know about the contoured ham -- it must be extremely rare. The tailor board can serve as a ham holder, but it isn't as good as the real thing. Another pressing accessory you might be interested in is the pressing mitt, which is similar to an oven mitt. You can find one on the Cleaner's Supply website for about five or six dollars.

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Date: 4/24/10 0:29 AM

Golden Hands Industries, Inc. makes a terrific ham holder. It is a large company that manufactures many sewing and pressing related items and distributes them through retailers. They don't have a website, but you can call the owner, Aubrey Foster, at 800.998.1392 or email him at goldenhandsind@aol.com. I ordered both the ham holder and a tailor's board from him last year and both came promptly and are great quality. At the time I ordered, the tailor's board was available in a few kinds of wood, and I bought it in maple.

After ordering the ham holder through Aubrey, I noticed that Mary Jo's Cloth Store, Inc. sold the same Golden Hands ham holder as well - and even at a better price than the manufacturer!

You might check these sources.

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