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Pressing Dauber

Irishchain | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

There is mention made in the current issue of Threads (Tips, pg. 14) on how to make a pressing dauber. It says professionals use a dauber for seam pressing. I’m relatively new to construction sewing (I’m a hard-core quilter) and do not understand how this item would be used. It certainly is an odd looking “tool”. If I don’t want to make one, where would I buy one, providing of course, I can understand how to use it!! Thanks so much…

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  1. EileenB5 | | #1

    You dip the end of the dauber in a bowl of clean water to dampen and the "daub" it along a seam line or crease then cover with a press cloth and press ( not Iron)   It is a way to get moisture on the fabric in a very controlled manner.

    1. SewNancy | | #2

      Yes, it is a great way to add steam at seams without overpressing.
      Nancy

  2. MaryAnnD | | #3

    The only ones I've ever seen were made by the user.  They are very, very simple to make. If you are a quilter then you already know how to cut a strip of fabric and that's all a dauber is:  a strip of wool rolled tightly and then tied with a string or thread.

    1. SewTruTerry | | #4

      Just remember to use a lighter color of wool so there is no transfer of color on lighter colored fabrics.  I guess in the industry however they would use a scrap of the same fabric that they were using.

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