Monday, October 22, 2007

I Do not need a Pressing Ham, I do not need one, Sam-I-Am

You do not want one,
So you say.
Try it! Try it!
And you may.
Try it and you may, I say.

If you will let me be,
I will try it.
You will see.

I really need a pressing ham!
I do! I need one, Sam-I-am!

Sometimes it really is the little things that make life better.

One of those sewing gadgets I never thought I needed was a pressing ham. Except I hate to do set-in sleeves, and I hate easing, and everything I've read has told me that I would have an easier time with set-in sleeves if I had a pressing ham. So finally I ventured out into the wilds of Ebay, and lo and behold, someone was selling a June Tailor pressing kit with a ham, a sleeve roll and a ham holder, for $16 including postage. Guess who's a happy girl? I love me a bargain, I do.

I used it a few times after I got it, and wasn't impressed one way or another, but last night I did a set-in sleeve on BWOF 8/2007 #112, otherwise known as the woolly mammoth coat (full review to follow) and suddenly I got it. First of all, this pattern had one of the best-drafted 2-piece sleeve I've met from them thus far. It took really minimal easing and would have turned out okay without pressing tools, but once I draped the sleeve head over the ham and steamed the heck out of it, it looked . . . like a coat. Smooth and rounded and shapely, not like something I'd just cursed a blue streak over setting a sleeve into.

My first - and best - cat was named Sam, and sometimes, when he was particularly superior, I recited Dr. Seuss to him.

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