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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > about seam sticks- is this a worthy investment? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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J Or is this just another notion to buy?
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Date: 9/14/06 0:51 AM

Well, I am now getting into sewing some of the really $$$ wool fabrics that are in my stash. One of the books that I am using as a reference suggests that using a seam stick is worthwhile to prevent any "show through" after pressing the seams- especially on wool crepes.

Is this worth buying or can I buy a wooden dowel from a lumberyard and have them cut it in half for me? I don't mind getting sand paper and sanding it down - that's easy.

I have only found one site that sells a seam stick, so the lumber yard option seems reasonable to me.

Thank you!

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Date: 9/14/06 3:03 AM

Jennifer, I have a plain wooden dowel, sanded down. I didn't even bother to have it cut in half, and it works fine.

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Date: 9/14/06 3:26 AM

I have one of those seam sticks but seldom use it! It does do the job though, but the idea for the large wooden dowel is right on! I've used those before also - before buying the seam stick. For some reason, I still reach for those legal size envelopes that I place under each side of the seam allowance and press away. It's not that it does a better job - it just seems to be handier for me.

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Date: 9/14/06 6:35 AM

I didn't even buy a dowel. A length of half-round moulding works very well, because one side is already flattened. Choose hardwood if the store has it in stock.

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Date: 9/14/06 8:10 AM

I have the long and short Steamsticks - they are great! I use them a lot when I'm making pants. However, I was at Home Depot a couple of weeks ago buying trim and, Karla is right, there is lots of stuff there that would work just as well.

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Date: 9/14/06 9:37 AM

I'm with Elona, using a dowel. The nice thing with a dowel, is it will roll to where you need it inside or under a garment. Sometimes with a shaped seam, you need to move the pressing aid, so rolling is one-hand-easy, and you don't have to put down your iron to adjust.

Dowels can be found at Joann's and Walmart too. I like 3/4" diameter the best. Very inexpensive :)

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Date: 9/14/06 9:37 AM

Cole Hardware here I come!! (it's the local hardware chain in SF) Thanks! I would rather spend the cash on classes in tailoring and patternmaking anyway.

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