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Wooden Pressing blocks (templates)

Curiospat | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am searching for wooden pressing blocks and the templates for these. They are used to press in hems, seams, and pointer-block pressers to press open seams, etc.


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    CostumerVal | | #1

    No one has responded so I'll throw in.  I'm not sure if they need to be any specific size.  My "sleeve" board is 2 1/2" on the narrow end, because my kids cuffs are 6" all around.  The length is whatever the length of the board in the garage was.  I use a sharpened flat stick for collar points.  But I get the most use out of putting a very thick homemade oven mitt on my hand and hanging the garment from a plant hanger.  I have a seam roll I use all the time, but I don't use my large wooden dowel often enough to justify getting something better for long straight seams.  I raid the building block box in the kids closet when I need a clapper.

    Are you looking to mass produce these things?  Or do you just want to make one for yourself?

  2. Pattiann42 | | #2

    I do not know of any templates for the notions that you wish to make.  I have found several items on-line and they are pricey in my opinion.

    Many years ago, my father-in-law & mother-in-law made pressing notions for me as a Christmas gift that are still in use.  They probably just made copies of the items my mother-in-law used.

    The pressing block is just a short block of sanded pine with a padded handle for holding the block, the sleeve-board feels like batting covered cardboard & the tailor's ham is probably filled with sawdust as my father-in-law was a cabinet maker.

    I have added the June Tailor Point Presser & Clapper and made a seam roll by covering a empty paper roller with batting.


    1. Curiospat | | #3

      My point precisely;  I have the clapper presser; and the others are very pricey;  I have a brother who is a quality tool-die maker who could make any of them had I a template!!!!


      1. cafms | | #5

        The Mississippi State University Extension Service has publications with instructions and patterns for making the point presser, mitts, hams, etc. and I have them but I couldn't find them listed in the MSUCares.com website to download.  Several other sewing helps were there.   You might check with the extension service where you live. 

        1. Curiospat | | #6

          Thank you so much, I'll check the extension service out!!


  3. jatman | | #4

    Hi Curiospat!  I did a search for this information and thought I had found it on a website called Tipnut.com but the link to it doesn't work.  However, I had another idea - maybe if you post on Taunton's Fine Woodworking website (their discussion forum is called Knots) someone there might have and share this info with you.


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