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How to make tailoring board

ddee | Posted in General Discussion on

A wooden tailoring  board looks so useful. It has shapes that a clapper and point presser doesn’t include. Is there someplace to get a pattern for it? It would be pretty easy to cut out. Have you made one, or do you have a pattern?


Thank you,



  1. jjgg | | #1

    Do you have a picture or a link to a picture of one? I'm not sure what this is. Have you looked at places like Greenberg & Hammer?ok, so I just googled it and this is what I found for $53.00http://sewingworkshop.com/index.php/action/item/id/189/prevaction/category/previd/3/prevstart/0/

    Edited 11/28/2008 4:44 pm ET by jjgg

    1. ddee | | #2

      Thanks so much. How nice of you to search around. That's a little rich for my budget.


      1. Ocrafty1 | | #3

        I know how hard it is to find $$ to purchase good sewing equipment.  I am still saving for my new sewing machine, even though DH buys every new gadget/tool that he wants/needs!  I have a suggestion...Look in your phonebook and call your local Carpenters' Union and ask for their help.  As the wife of one of thier members, I know that there are always guys looking for ways to earn extra $$.  One of them would be able to make one for you.  You should ask for an apprentice (they charge less, but have the skills)...or you could call you local high school's 'shop' teacher and ask if he/she has any students that could make one for you.  Be sure and print off the pix from the 'Sewing Workshop' site. They would be invaluable, and you would need to figure out the dimensions that you would want your board.  Who knows, you might just inspire someone to make these and sell them at your local sewing shop, or on the internet!

        Good luck!


        1. ddee | | #4

          I have my own saber saw and other woodworking tools. What I don't have are the dimensions. If the item is not patented, all I need is a simple tracing and then I can cut it out myself. A bit of wood would be pretty inexpensive, and it would tickle me to make it.

          Thank you very much for taking the time to respond. Some people will be thrilled to learn about professional sources for this type of help.


  2. jatman | | #5

    Hi Ddee,

    This document has some info about dimensions:


    I know it's not exactly what you're looking for but it could be a start. 


  3. Ceeayche | | #6


    Not that it's that much cheaper but here is another resource (it includes the pads) for $49.95 (US)


    and if you're serious about making your own, this site has plans for $11.99!


    Good luck!

    1. ddee | | #7

      You are so generous to hunt these down for me!

      The fiber arts site seems to have a pattern for a point presser and clapper , but I don't see a tailor board, sigh.



      1. Ceeayche | | #8

        Found one on ebay for $39.98!


        and another on universal sewing supplies for $24.98http://universalsewingsupplies.com/bobbincase.php?cat=NTJT

        I'm learning a lot.  So I may end up having to "get me one"!

        Here is a snippet from the Milwaukee Journal Newspaper 2006

        West Allis: In 1961, June Tailor Inc. of Richfield launched its first product and itself at the Wisconsin State Fair.

        The tailor board was a piece of smooth wood, 12 inches long and 6 inches wide, marked with angles so that home sewers could set precise creases in collars and sleeves. It sold for $1.19, and on its sturdy back, June Tailor built a line of tools for home sewers and hobbyists.

        June Tailor's 52 employees still make gadgets, but not the tailor board. It bowed out 18 months ago, sales having dwindled to 1,000 a year from a late-1960s peak of 55,000, says Jill Repp, vice president of sales and marketing.


        1. KharminJ | | #9

          Wow! Is that Universal Sewing Supplies site ever a gold mine! It seems to be nearly-brand new (lots of Under Construction pages) and some of their pricing notes are confusing to me (see Needles, particularly) but Wow - they've even got my "bullet" bobbins!

          Thanks for sharing that, CHL!


        2. Ocrafty1 | | #10

          I was really lucky; a neighbor who we are good friends with gave me mine.  His late wife had sewn a lot for other people, and I got quite a lot of her stuff when he was moving to his new house.  Most of it was junk; her sisters had gotten most of the good stuff; but I was grateful for what I got, as we didn't have much $$ at the time. 

          Up until about 8 yrs ago I didn't even know what it was for!  It just sat up in my sewing/craft room.  Then I saw a segment on Sewing with Nancy...duh!  I couldn't do much without it now.  I just used it on the "show gown" I finished for a client...How nice for pressing princess and other curved seams.  It is also fantastic for pressing darts.  I really don't know how I got along without it!  Well, I guess I do...I just figured out a way to press stuff, but it wasn't nearly as precise.   You GOTTA GET ONE!


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      ThreadKoe | | #15

      Thanks for the fibre*whatever* CHL.  Was browsing it for fun and found lots of neat stuff! Oops, having a bit of brain strain today  fibre images   Cathy

      Edited 12/7/2008 3:33 pm ET by ThreadKoe

      Edited 12/7/2008 3:34 pm ET by ThreadKoe

  4. scrubble4 | | #11

    ddee:  Try posting this question on Knots.  It is the fine wood working taunton press talk site.  Maybe someone there has a pattern.  I will be interested to know how/where you do find a pattern.  Scrubble4

  5. cafms | | #12

    Mississippi State University Extension Service has an excellent publication on making this and several other sewing aids but it is not in a file online.  I am going to try to see if it can be put on their site (msucares.com) with the other sewing publications.  It has a full size pattern for the base and point presser as well as dimensions and directions. 

    1. ddee | | #13

      Thank you for your info. Do you know if the one you are referring to is for a tailoring board? The tailoring board has many curves and shapes to choose from, and often folds flat for storage as well. The main piece resembles a lobster's claw.



      1. cafms | | #14

        Oh, no I'm sorry, what I was talking about is the point presser and clapper.  Got the wrong image in my head when reading your note. 

  6. carolfresia | | #17

    Hello, Dee. I don't know where you can get a pattern for one of these, but I can say that I've been lucky enough to have received a couple of tailor boards as presents--and both were found, serendipitously, at yard sales or garage sales. These odd-looking  pieces of equipment probably don't get passed down from generation to generation, so you might find one at an estate sale or consignment shop.

    Carol Fresia, Threads technical editor

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