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The return of the Tailor Board and wire Needle Board
Dritz brings back two tailoring/pressing classics
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Date: 3/6/13 2:31 PM

This, I was browsing through the ironing and pressing notions section at Joann's and I was surprised -- no make that stunned -- to see Dritz is once again selling a Needle Board and a Tailor Board.

The Dritz Needle Board, which is made with dozens of metal wire needles and looks like a bed of nails, is used for pressing velvet and other fabrics with a nap. The regular price is $59, but if you use a 50% off coupon (available in Joann's Fashion Fusion magazine at the pattern counter), the cost drops to a bargain priced $30. This is a real value because needle boards usually sell for far more. I didn't buy one today, but I'm seriously considering it.

The Dritz Tailor Board, which is used for pressing wool and other fabrics when you're constructing tailored clothes, seems fairly similar to the old June Tailor Tailor Boardthat's sold on the Nancy's Notions website. It doesn't include the pads that come with the June Tailor Board, but I own a June Tailor Board, and I never use the pads. And the new Tailor Board is held together with magnets and folds flat for storage, which would be a real plus. The price is $49.99, which would drop to $25 if you used a 50% off coupon.

I wonder if the return of these two items means sophisticated garment sewing is finally making a comeback.

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Date: 3/6/13 3:02 PM

I have no clue if sophisticated garment sewing is making a comeback, but I've had my velvet board for probably 30 years. You could always get this at specialty places in NYC, they were always expensive; I probably paid in the $30 range. I rarely use it because I don't sew all that much, or any velvet these days.

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Date: 3/6/13 3:14 PM

Thirty years ago, $30 was a lot of money. Wawak/Cleaner's Supply used to sell small Needle Boards for about $79, but it seems they've recently discontinued them. Ebay is now listing a vintage Dritz Needle Board for $129 and another for $137.

Like you, I don't sew velvet. But if I can buy the new Dritz Needle Board for $30 with a coupon, I'll probably end up buying one.

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Date: 3/6/13 4:15 PM

maybe I should sell the one I picked up at an estate sale. I probably won't though, the minute I do, is the minute I'll decide I need somthing velvet.

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Date: 3/6/13 7:00 PM

When I was at my local JA's the other day I saw the Tailor Board. When I get a coupon I might have to buy one of these boards. I have always wanted one.
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Date: 3/6/13 7:11 PM

Oh, thanks for this. I have the June Tailor board too (love the pads) but I need the needle board. And I have a coupon on my iphone...yay.

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Date: 3/6/13 8:46 PM

I have the discontinued Velvaboard (which is a thick, heatproof mat covered in heavy synthetic plush), but generally press velvet either on itself, or on a thick towel.

... But that clapper is sure appealing!

I'm just impressed that Dritz would think to put out products that must be expensive for them to produce, as well. Could this be thanks to Project Runway?

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Date: 3/7/13 1:15 AM

I'm suddenly very happy that my mother left me her needle board, as well as a small wooden paddle which has the same needle-y surface - I think it was used to brush napped fabrics? She also left me a little wooden collapsible ironing board that I think was for sleeves. In college I used it when ironing anything because I didn't have a full sized or even a tabletop ironing board.

I would never have thought the old needle board to be in the $80 range, much less those eBay prices. It's just something that was always around when I was growing up. Oh... and I don't use it much either!

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Date: 3/7/13 2:17 AM

By way of counterpoint, Kenneth D King suggests using stiff cotton upholstery velvet if you don't have a needle board. I like that idea a lot -- I'll have a much bigger pressing surface to work on and will probably spend less money (with fabric prices what they are in DK, who knows?).
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Date: 3/7/13 6:18 AM

I think this is most encouraging! Good tools make such a difference. I have owned both items for many years. I don't use the needle board that often, but am grateful I have it when I want to use it.

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