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What is a tailor’s clapper?

A tailor’s clapper is a simple but useful tool for sewing enthusiasts who want to achieve crisp and flat seams or creases on their fabric. In this blog post, I will explain what a tailor’s clapper is, how it works, and why you should have one in your sewing kit. #tailorsclapper

What is a tailor’s clapper?

A tailor's clapper is a simple but useful tool for sewing enthusiasts who want to achieve crisp and flat seams or creases on their fabric. In this blog post, I will explain what a tailor's clapper is, how it works, and why you should have one in your sewing kit. #tailorsclapper

A tailor’s clapper is a wooden block that is shaped to fit comfortably in your hand. It usually has rounded edges and grooves on the sides for easy gripping. It is made of hardwood, such as maple, oak, or beech, which can absorb steam and heat without warping or cracking.

How does a Tailor’s Clapper work?

The tailor’s clapper works by trapping the heat and steam from your iron into the fabric, setting the seam or crease more effectively. To use it, you first press your seam or fold with a hot iron and lots of steam. Then, you immediately place the clapper over the pressed area and hold it firmly until the fabric cools down. This will create a sharp and lasting impression on the fabric, making it look more professional and polished.

Why should you have a Tailor’s Clapper?

A tailor’s clapper is a handy tool for anyone who sews, quilts, or crafts with fabric. It can help you achieve a variety of effects, such as:

  • Flattening bulky seams, especially on thick or textured fabrics, such as denim, corduroy, or wool.
  • Creating sharp creases on pants, skirts, or jackets, giving them a tailored look.
  • Making pleats, tucks, or darts more defined and crisp.
  • Adding decorative details, such as appliques, patches, or embroidery, by pressing them firmly onto the fabric.
  • Enhancing the contrast and visibility of quilt blocks, patterns, or designs.

A tailor’s clapper is also easy to use, store, and maintain. It does not require any electricity, batteries, or cords. It can be stored in a drawer, a basket, or a sewing box. It does not need any cleaning, polishing, or sealing, as these could damage the wood or transfer to the fabric.

Other names?

Another name for a tailor’s clapper is a pressing block or a seam stick. These tools are used in sewing and tailoring to create crisp, flat seams by absorbing steam and heat when pressed against fabric.

Where can you get one?

A tailor’s clapper is a relatively inexpensive and widely available tool. You can find it in most sewing or craft stores, or online like on on Amazon. You can also make your own tailor’s clapper, using a piece of hardwood and some basic woodworking tools. There are many tutorials and guides online that can show you how to do it, such as this one.


A tailor’s clapper is a must-have tool for anyone who loves sewing and wants to improve their skills and results. It can help you create flat, crisp, and professional-looking seams and creases on your fabric, with minimal effort and cost. It is also easy to use, store, and maintain, making it a convenient and durable tool.

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