Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Tailor’s Board

If you’re pressing points, seams or hard-to-reach edges, this board is for you.

Pressing is such an important part of successful sewing!  Without pressing, your sewing project can have puckered seams and lack that expert quality. The Dritz Tailor’s Board can be positioned in multiple ways to press points, seams and hard-to-get-at edges. This sewing tutorial shows you how!

Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Dritz Tailor's Board

Did you know that the Tailor’s Board has multiple pressing surfaces?

  • The flat side is for general pressing of small seams and touch-ups.
  • The curved edges are for pressing sleeve caps, armholes, princess seams and children’s wear.
  • The points are for pressing corners, collars, cuffs and other small areas.
  • The clapper stores under the Tailor’s Board and is used for pounding bulky seams.

Sewing Tutorial: How to use a Dritz Tailor's Board

How to press flat seams: Place the Tailor’s Board on your work surface with the large flat side up. This surface is about the size of an iron’s sole plate, so it is perfect for small seams and touch-ups as you sew. Sewing tip: Always press as you go – don’t wait until your project is complete to do your pressing.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Dritz Tailor's Board

How to press curved edges: Place the Tailor’s Board so that the long softly curved edge is up. Position your garment so the seam to be pressed is centered on this long curve. Position the seam with your fingers and press. Move the fabric along the curve to continue.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Dritz Tailor's Board

How to shape a curved seam: Stand the Tailor’s Board up as shown. Drape the sleeve
cap over the top round edge so the fabric edge just covers the edge of the wood.

Gently place the tip of your iron on the cap, smoothing out the fabric from the row of stitching. Sewing tip: A bit of steam will help


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Dritz Tailor's Board

How to press tight curves and hard-to-reach areas: Stand the Tailor’s Board on end as shown. Open up the item to be pressed and position it over the point. Place the iron in small sections at a time as you turn the fabric along the wooden curve.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Tailor's Board

How to press a point: Place the Tailor’s Board so that the flat side is down. Turn your item right side out. (Sewing tip: A point turner is ideal to push out the corner safely and evenly.) Slide the fabric over the point so the wood extends as far as possible inside the item. Press.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Dritz Tailor's Board

How to pound press: To use the Clapper, first pull it free from the Tailor’s Board. Place your garment flat on a sturdy ironing surface. Press the seam lightly with steam and heat appropriate to the fabric. While the fabric is still warm, slam the Clapper against it.

(Yes, pound it!)

A couple of general sewing tips:

  • Don’t forget to use your pressing cloth. Seams and fabric edges can sometimes get shiny with pressure.
  • Make sure you have a flat sturdy ironing surface for using both the Tailor’s Board and Clapper.

So, do you feel confident about using a Tailor’s Board and Clapper? Let us know if you have additional usage ideas or questions. Press on, friends!

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