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Tools That Give Fabric a Clean Crease

Devices to press and mark fabric
Threads #214, Summer 2021
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Mark fabric without risk of stains, using a hera marker.

Sewers through the centuries have always needed the means to mark stitching lines, fold hems, flatten seams, and perform other basic tasks in garment construction. Over time, implements were invented to make these tasks easier and more accurate. These tools were made from bone, wood, and other natural materials. In a time when irons were scarce and difficult to use, these devices were indispensable. Many of the ancient designs are still in use, even as new notions made from modern materials are invented. Whether the stitching is by hand or machine, these items should be in every sewer’s toolbox.

Hera markers

Slim hera shape
Slim hera shape

One of the oldest and most recognizable creasing tools is the hera marker. The Japanese word “hera” translates to “spatula,” and the tool has been traditionally used for generations by kimono makers.

Time-honored tool

The marker’s shape is likely ancient in design. The flat, curved…

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