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Video: Make Your Own Tailor's Pressing Tool

Video Length: 1:17
Produced by: Evamarie Gomez and Judith Neukam; Shot by: Gary Junken

To get the perfect seam finish on wool fabrics a steam iron isn't always enough. Luckily, there's a better way.

Stanley Hostek, master tailor from Seattle, Washington, shares his technique for making this pressing tool. It's called a dauber. A dauber is a strip of soft or medium woolen cloth, about 3-1/2 inches wide and long enough to roll tightly into a cylinder about 1 inch thick. The long edges are unfinished. After rolling it up, whipstitch the dauber closed with a strong thread. One dauber should last a lifetime, and it will get better with use.

Simply dip it into water and wipe it along the area needing to be pressed to help concentrate the steam right where you want it. Then, cover the garment or fabric with a press cloth and steam it.

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