Two Wooden Sewing Tools I Wouldn't Live Withoutcomments (4) October 22nd, 2008
In a sea of gadgets and devices that have flooded the sewing world there are two that have been around forever and should be on every sewers “must-have” list:
The Point Presser and Pounding Block is an essential tool for tailors, but this simple, no-frills mini ironing board is really the only way to insure perfectly turned crisp edges – no matter what you’re sewing. And the fact that it’s made out of wood makes pressing clean and easy. The Point Presser side is designed so seam allowances that will eventually be encased and pressed together – like those on collars, cuffs, pockets, waistbands, facings and more – can first be pressed open and flat so there’s no need to struggle aligning the edges when turned.
The Pounding Block side is primarily for adding pressure to achieve flat edges without adding excessive heat. First, steam over the area without touching the iron plate to the fabric, then press with the wooden block to seal in the steam with no risk of scorching the fabric.
A Bamboo Point Turner and Creaser has many functions – from poking out corners to serving as a tiny ironing board for hard-to-reach areas. They’re available in plastic, too, but in my book plastic isn’t as effective. The soft bamboo is less likely to punch a hole in the fabric when shaping a corner and when used in conjunction with an iron – bamboo won’t melt!