Alternate title: Avoiding a bubble hem in thick fabric.
A few months ago when I made my wool Everyday Skirt, I noticed that I was having a hard time getting a good crisp fold on my hem. No matter how hard I pressed it, it still had a thick look and it didn't lay flat.
It definitely looked like a homemade skirt, and while I wore it to work a few times, the hem bothered me enough that I put the skirt on the bottom of my wear pile while I researched how to fix the problem. I did some research on Google and in my favorite sewing blogs and came across something called a tailor's clapper. It's a wooden pressing helper that creates really crisp hems. The problem is, they are around $20-30 and my local JoAnn's didn't have them in stock.
I also found tutorials for how to make your own, which was much more my speed. I was pretty sure I could make it myself and spend less than ordering a ready-made clapper. I went to my local HD and poked around in their project wood section to see what they had available. I wanted a thick piece of hardwood, and I found a 3-inch thick piece of oak on clearance for $7! I had to get some sandpaper while I was there, so this project cost me about $12. My husband helped me cut my wood down to size (10 inches), and I sanded it down with my power sander.
I cleaned off the sanding dust and brought it inside to test it out.