The waste triangles that came to the rescue for Block 2 of the Pink Quilt Quilt Along were so much easier to work with because of the clapper.

Using a Clapper for flat seams while quilting

Not just for breakfast garments anymore!

The clapper is traditionally used in sewing garments, and something I desperately had to have after watching Angela Wolf use it for perfect creases in her Craftsy class Tailoring Ready to Wear. In case you’re interested, I wrote a review of that class and many others in the show-notes for Episode 74 of the podcast, Craftsy Class Reviews.

Using a Clapper for flat seams while quilting

All you have to do is press your seams towards to background fabric, a tip I picked up from Beth Ferrier from her Craftsy class Oh My Stars!, and then lay the clapper on top of it. (you would cover the whole piece, not just the sides as pictured above).

Using a Clapper for flat seams while quilting

The type of wood that clappers are made from traps the heat and your fabric soaks it up, coaxing those seams to lay flat.

Using a Clapper for flat seams while quilting

Having really well pressed seams definitely helped when I needed to rescue a block made up of 1 x 3″ flying geese.

What about you? How do you get really well pressed seams?

(all links to the clapper and Craftsy classes are affiliate links – so I both apologize for causing a new ‘need’ in you and thank you for clicking through all at once).

And one last thing – the clapper I own and pictured above has pointy parts for getting into tight collar seams and the like – the clapper I linked to is just for flat seams.