I have been wishing upon a star for the last five years that I could get my mitts on a tailor’s ham and sausage. I learned how to sew on a couple of these babies (way back in 4-H by my fantastic teacher Cami), and ever since I’ve fantasized about them–especially in those desperate moments of particularly difficult pressing fixes. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long. One time I saw one in a thrift store; it smelled like moth balls and was ugly as sin and even then I barely passed it up. I’ve just kept on sewing and fantastizing until I just couldn’t take it anymore. That was like, last Tuesday, case your curious.
Do you sew with a ham? It’s for pressing curved and hard-to-get-at seams, and anytime you can’t get your garment to lie flat. The ham is great for darts and princess seams, and the sausage is perfect to slide into a sleeve for that wily shoulder curve. And wowee, are they fun to have and to hold. If nothing else, you’ll want one to canoodle with next time you settle down to watch your favorite movie.
I used Kristiann‘s pattern and tutorial, and packed those suckers with sawdust (that I got free from the nice fellows and Home Depot) within an inch their lives. It was a messy and time consuming and a real good time.
Pretty jazzed about my new meat. So tight, so firm, so heat-ready with it’s cotton and wool sides. Like Katy so aptly put it: serious seamstresses use a ham.