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Date: 4/26/14 9:26 AM

I have been watching some youtube videos about sewing and the expert uses a clapper to seal her seams for the professional finish. I looked them up online and the price seems extremely high.
Has anyone made their own clapper?
It just looks like a block of wood.
Any help is appreciated.
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Date: 4/26/14 9:39 AM

I remembered someone asked this on another thread and the answer was yes

tailor's clapper thread

You can get a combination clapper/point presser at Joann's. I think I paid around $20 for mine with a 50% off coupon. I didn't open it right away and when I finally did, it was missing the screws to hold the two pieces together. Since I really don't need the point presser, I didn't bother to return it. I just use the clapper portion as a stand alone. It looks like a thinner version of the one Angela Wolf sells.

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Date: 4/26/14 10:08 AM

I had a friend chop off a bit of hardwood ,sand it and put a ridge in the sides to use as a hand hold

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Date: 4/26/14 10:28 AM

I picked up a piece of scrap hardwood at the local lumber mill for $3. It was long enough (about 2 feet) to cut in half and give one to my mom. We just used a plane to soften the sharp corners so they don't leave a crease in your pressing, but you could also just sand the corners/edges. It works great.

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Date: 4/26/14 11:12 AM

Thanks so much for the quick replies.
Looks like I'm off to the hardware store for a chunk of wood.
Thanks!
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Date: 4/26/14 2:10 PM

Just make sure it is a hardwood. Good luck with your project.

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Date: 4/26/14 2:28 PM

Around here you can often find them at thrift shops or yard sales. (Info for others who might be reading; it won't help someone who needs one today...)

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Date: 4/26/14 3:58 PM

Yup, I showed a picture to my very handy Dad with measurements, and he whizzed me one up.
He felt it was just a flossied up bit of wood!

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Date: 4/27/14 7:47 AM

I asked DH and he said that regular wood could leave sap and would be hard to mould to my hand. He suggested Balsa wood like what is used for model cars.
So I searched around- even ends and pieces are sold for outrageous sums. I may as well buy Angela's.
I have a point presser that I can make do with but I have arthritis and the lighter weight wood shaped to my hand still intrigues me.

So what types of wood did you end up with and does it leave sap? Did you seal or condition it?

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Date: 4/27/14 8:17 AM

You cannot seal it as it has to handle the heat and steam. It has to be hard wood, for the same reason. I would not use Balsa wood as it is soft and sometimes in tailoring you need to be very rough on the wool, or other fabrics to bend the fibers. My tailoring teacher broke the end off her kitchen counter hammering a coat collar!!!!!!

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