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.
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.
~ Method One ~
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!
~ 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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