How to make your point presser – tailor’s clapper

Today I’m talking you about my Point Presser/Clapper: a pretty cool pressing tool you certainly need if you love to sew and that will undoubtedly level-up your sewing creations!

Serger Pepper Clapper Point Presser DIY - a great idea to keep hubby busy ;)

It can make your life easier when pressing seams (because you press your seams while you sew, don’t you?), helping them to settle down and make a perfect (and lasting) crease, even if they are on a collar or other narrow/pointy/hard to reach places (using its upper portion).

You can obviously buy one of those clapper/pointy pressers*, if you prefer but, if you love to create your own pressing tools like I do, follow me and I’ll tell you how hubby made mine. I couldn’t believe my eyes, when I saw it the first time (I mean the clapper, not hubby ;)). I saved a huge lot of money since the wood board was a gift from a friend carpenter and the jigsaw* was Santa’s gift to hubby 😉

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If you want to know everything about my other favorite pressing tools (and how to use them), visit Deby at So Sew Easy and read about them (check there my handmade wooden press stick too).

Serger Pepper 4 So Sew Easy - Pressing tools How to use

Back to business: you may be wondering what a clapper/point presser is.

It basically is two tools in one: the rectangular base is the clapper, while the weirdly-shaped upper portion is what we define a point presser.

Today I will share with you my templates I designed and used to give hubby instructions to create it, while later this week I will give you more detailed instructions about types of wood, which tools to use and maybe some suggestions to use it at its best.

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How to use the clapper/point presser PDF template

The template I’m sharing with you is made to be used three ways:

  1. print it as a template, to be laid upon your piece of wood board; trace it with some carbon paper and you will have a guide to follow with your jigsaw
  2. print it with metric measurements (and transfer metric measurements to your wood board the way you prefer)
  3. print it with imperial measurements (and transfer imperial measurements to your wood board the way you prefer)

This is the print layout (click on it once to open it into a different page, then click again to see it full screen). It is not 1:1, but it will be once printed from the regular PDF file.

Serger Pepper Clapper Point Presser DIY print layout 2

As usual, this pattern includes the awesome function of printing only what you need: start with downloading the pattern (do not open it in the browser or in preview – it won’t work)

Be sure you’re using the most updated Adobe Reader version!

Now open your file with Adobe Reader and click on the icon on the left showing two sheets of paper one in stack: you will open the “Layers” column, showing 5 rows (as pictured below). Leave the “eye” in the square next to the last two.

Decide what you want to print and leave the “eyes” like in the pictures:

  1. Templates only (without any measurements)

templates only

2 . Metric measurements:


3. Imperial measurements:


It’s that easy!

Drill holes diagram

As you can see, in the technical drawing with measurements, you have a detail showing how to make drill holes in the clapper portion.

Basically, you will have to make a clearance hole with a 1/4″ drilling tool, then flare the bottom portion of the same hole with a 1/2″ drilling tool, to completely hide the screw head inside the clapper. More detailed instructions come in the next “how to make your own clapper/point presser (part II)” tutorial.

Serger Pepper Clapper Point Presser DIY - hidden screws

Let’s gather materials!

To be ready for the second part of this tutorial, print your free pattern and start

  • 1″ depth hardwood board, 70 cm (27 1/2″) long, 10 cm (4″) wide
  • 4 flat head wood screws (mine were 5 mm, I think they should be 3/16″ if it’s a measurement you can find in the shops in the US)
  • A screwdriver matching your screw size
  • Woodworking tools like a jigsaw* or a bandsaw* (if you’re so lucky to have one)
  • Sandpaper in different grains


That’s it for today, go on reading here to know of you some interesting tips, tricks and tools of the trade that will help you creating your clapper/point presser at home, plus a bunch of suggestions to better use it, once you have it!

Till Next Time <3

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  1. Ian Canelos October 26, 2015 at 06:12 - Reply

    OMG! this is the most helpful post i’ve read this year! thank u for sharing! kisses from Ecuador!

  2. Katie M November 23, 2015 at 07:00 - Reply

    Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial. I have been trying to buy one of these here in Singapore, but they just aren’t available. I know I can order them online from US or UK, but they are SO expensive. Fortunately I have some very handy family members – I’m hoping some begging will get one made for me!!

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  6. Sandra July 18, 2017 at 21:25 - Reply

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. However, I am wondering if you could help me figure out how to make the cover for the June Tailor commercial one.

    • Irene July 26, 2017 at 19:07 - Reply

      Hi, Sandra!
      I’ve never thought of sewing a cover for a point presser/clapper. I think it all depends on where you usually store it.
      I have mine inside a fabric bag, hanging at my window handle, next to the ironing station.
      I’d love to hear more from you about what kind of cover are you thinking about!

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