How to make a tailor’s ham
Tailor’s ham is one of the wonderful tools I can’t live without. Ok, maybe I could technically live without it but not well, I absolutely rely on it to get good (and professional) results in my sewing.
What is it? It’s a kind of a small pillow used for pressing seams and hems during garment construction. The tailor’s ham is a very convenient tool for pressing darts, pleats, princess seams, sleeves seams, etc.
What do we need to make the tailor’s ham?
For the cover I used a dense cotton fabric I took from my old ironing board (I make a new ironing board cover myself quite often, every six months or so). It’s important to use a woven cloth of light colors, to avoid coloring your items when ironing. And for the filling I used regular sawdust which is excellent for the task in my opinion. The sawdust absorbs moisture well (and I am always pressing with steam), never compresses and allows me to change the shape of the ham to the desired shape of the bust, shoulders and other curves.
I must say that the tailor’s ham can be filled not only with sawdust, but also with sand, foam, small pieces of cloth (especially left after serging), etc. But I prefer sawdust because it is not “afraid” of water and steam, it doesn’t rot easily and doesn’t deteriorate ( the cover fabric breaks first ).
If you are wondering where to get the sawdust, I gathered it when my husband made some shelves (regular pine, untreated) but you can always go to the local lumber store; if they have some cutting equipment, then they have sawdust. The finer the better.
The next necessary item is a very strong thread because the tailor’s ham will be used for pressing a lot and the thread must hold it together for a long time, right?
How to make it?
1. Cut two details of an oval shape for the cover approximately 25 cm by 20 cm.
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