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Date: 4/25/14 1:15 PM

Does anyone know where I can get a half round or a seam stick for pressing seams with no indentations? I asked at Lowe's and they weren't particularly helpful. My husband doesn't do any woodworking so he doesn't have the tools or saws to cut me one. Any ideas, fellow seamstresses?

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Date: 4/25/14 1:18 PM

I got mine off of amazon. Here is the link for the 24 inch one. I think there's a 16 inch one also.

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Date: 4/25/14 1:24 PM

Wooden dowels in the craft department work great and come in various diameters, although they don't have a flat side. And if you want a larger yet, check the home improvement store for hand rails for stairs, you may be able to get a piece cut to length.

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Date: 4/25/14 1:27 PM

Now why couldn't I find that? Thanks, I will probably order both sizes. I knew I was asking for help at the right place!

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Date: 4/25/14 1:34 PM

Stair hand rail from Home Depot/Lowes cut to length. It has a flat bottom and because it's thicker than a seam stick it's easier to use. Cover with something like twill. You can drill a hole through the end and run a ribbon through it to hang if you want.

I originally tried a 1" dowel cut in half and found it to be somewhat difficult to use. You had to have the seam in just the right place. The hand rail works much better.

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Date: 4/26/14 7:18 AM

I also use the handrail and just covered it with a nylon stocking.

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Date: 4/26/14 10:15 AM

I got mine at Nancy's Notions.

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Date: 4/26/14 10:44 AM

Lowe's is where I found half-round. Home Depot didn't have it. I bought a long length and cut it to the sizes I wanted. It's in the moulding area. 8' length for a few dollars.

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Date: 4/26/14 10:45 AM

Or: Half round molding

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Date: 4/26/14 11:17 AM

Hmmmm . . . I've had mine forever and never cover it or any of my wooden pressing tools. I wonder why you do? Uncovered, I like that the wood absorbs the moisture so the steaming comes from both sides. Or so it appears to me. I'm just used to working this way and would like to learn more about pressing with wood. All my tool are very smooth.

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