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Posted on: 3/3/06 2:41 PM
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I picked this clamp up from Home Depot over year ago, thinking that it might come in handy (pun intended!) whenever I had an occasion to need a "third hand". I had forgotten about it until today when I started a hand-rolled hem on a 4 1/2 yard long founce cut from georgette. Claire Shaeffer suggests holding the section of the edge you are working on taut which makes it much easier to manage. This clamp works great for this! I think I only paid $1 for it from a bin at Home Depot, but any hardware store should carry them.

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suncentaur said...
great idea, why didn't I think of that. Sounds handy for ripping out seams too. I kept waiting for myself to remember to order one of those bird tools one day, but the clamp is so easy and obvious. I already have some too!
3/7/06 3:38 PM
GorgeousFabrics said...
This is great Debe, thanks. DH has several clamps and clips in the woodshop that I can borrow. -Ann
3/4/06 8:48 PM
Irene Q said...
Excellent idea- thanks!
3/4/06 8:27 AM
SewVeryTall said...
This really is a handy thing to have around, Debe, great idea to post it as a tip! I found one for $1 too, with a suction cup on the bottom. Only used it a couple times so far, but it was wonderful to have that 'third hand'.
3/4/06 8:26 AM
annsew65 said...
Hmmm, DH has several of these in his woodshop just outside my sewing room! I just may commandeer one until I can get to Lowe's!
3/4/06 4:20 AM
FloraNature said...
Thank you Debe, this is a really good tip. It might also work for holding a piece of elastic taut.
3/3/06 7:48 PM
els said...
Great tip, thanks for sharing.
3/3/06 4:08 PM
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