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7/25/2008

How to use The Collar Turning Clamp Tool To Make Perfect Collar Points



There are 2 ways that I use the Collar Clamp Tool to turn perfect collar points.

The method you choose will depend on the size of your collar, your fabric, and what you prefer and works best for you after trying both methods.






~
Method One ~


First, from the wrong side (obviously), fold both "point" seam allowances together, toward the collar and pinch them down with the Collar Clamp Tool. The jaws of the Collar Clamp Tool "click and lock" so the seam allowances are held securely and will not shift.



Next, simply lift one layer of the collar and turn it "up and over" the
Collar Clamp Tool.





After turning one side of the collar over the
Collar Clamp Tool, the tool is now inside the collar, still holding the seam allowances....and forming a perfect point. Simply "jiggle" the handle of the Collar Clamp Tool to open and release. Remove the tool and press your perfect collar!


Notice how nice and sharp the point of this stretch poplin collar is...even before pressing, and with the tool still inside!



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~ Method Two ~


First, from the wrong side (obviously), fold up about an inch on the under-collar, then insert one "jaw" of the open Collar Clamp Tool inside the collar as shown below.




Next, push the Collar Clamp Tool up inside the collar, with the inside "jaw" as far into the point as it will go.




Then fold the collar point seam allowances towards the collar, and pinch them down with the visible "jaw" of the Collar Clamp Tool.




Now, turn the collar right sides out, up and over the Collar Clamp Tool as shown below.



This is how your collar will look after turning it right side out over the
Collar Clamp Tool. Release the clamp by gently "jiggling" the handles, remove the tool and press your perfect collar!


Notice how nice and sharp the collar point is, even with the tool still inside!


The
Collar Turning Clamp Tool is available at ~Fashion Sewing Supply~.
Description: Custom Manufactured especially for sewing uses, the Collar Clamp Tool tool is 6" in total length. The serrated "jaws" are 1.75" long, and the tips are very small...about 2 tiny millimeters. The tool is solid stainless steel and has 3 graduated "clamping pressures" that lock, holding the fabric securely, until you are ready to release the "jaws."

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Andalee said...

Hey thanks Pam for putting these instructions up. I bought 2 of the clamps from you and now I feel more confident about using them.

BTW, I tossed a cheap metal clamp tool I had when I got your nice sturdy ones :)

7:13 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Pam, thanks for the tutorial, I used it for my collar last night and it worked perfectly. Your tool works great.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Love Love Love this Collar Clamp Tool! What did I do without it!

Matt

6:54 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I've got to try this! Thank you for posting the tutorial.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great technique. Thanks.

David

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Vonne said...

My collar clamp works well for collars and I am finding more uses for it as well. I was also puzzled on how to open them when locked and then realised I only needed to jiggle them sideways.
Best wishes from Vonne in Australia.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

My husband has kept a pair of medical hemostats around the house for years and I've used them twice now to turn collars after reading your blog. Are yours different from medical hemostats or should I just stick with what I have (if you don't mind my asking!)?

8:50 PM  
Blogger Pamela Erny said...

Hi Sandy... My clamps are made from solid stainless steel and are very sturdy. However, as much as I'd love to sell you one >smile<, if what you are using works....then you really don't need another. Unless...you want one for "back-up"!

7:20 AM  
Blogger Cennetta said...

Excellent tutorial. The Collar Clamp Tool is the best.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Schaz said...

Because of this post, when I was ordering some interfacing, I added the tool to my order. I am so glad I did! It makes such a difference in my points. Thanks for writing it!

1:25 AM  

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