Verbatim in print:

Sleeve board
Point presser
Edge presser
-into one super-useful space saving UNIT

Edge pressed and seam board:
For ease in using the seam press area, place the board on it's side. An outstanding feature is the rounded edge along the seam presser area which eliminates seam line from forming indentations on a garment while seams are being pressed open

Pressing Block or Clapper:
The bottom of the entire board has been sanded with smooth rounded edges to form a pressing block. When the bottom is used as a clapper the rounded edges keep sharp pounding marks from appearing on the finished garment. Use the narrow sleeveboard as a convenient hand-hold while pounding.

Point presser:
The seam presser section is sharply tapered to a point. Press collar, pocket and lapel seam points open over this section to get a neat, perfect point.

Pressing ham:
The gentle taper and added padding at the large end of the board forms a convenient pressing ham. Darts, undercollars and other areas may be shaped over the ham sections where a separate ham or press mitt was formerly needed.

Sleeve board:
The padded top forms a sleeve board. The rounded edges of he board avoid marks appearing on the finished garment.

This is what I use for most of my tailoring. It was gifted from my mother about 1 year ago and I really use it frequently. I think she purchased it in the mid-70s so it carries a nice patina. I need to make a new cover for it soon, I didn't photograph that, but it's made of a thick cotton knit, same color. I've never used the point turner as it's lost it's point, but I'm starting to use the bottom as a clapper. I probably should sand it a bit too.

This UNI was made by a lady in Indiana. I've not been able to contact her or find and information about the board on the net. Do you have a vintage UNI-PRESSBOARD? What are you using?

Thanks for reading!!

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  1. Lucky girl! I haven't seen anything like that since I was a child living in Phila. and would walk to the cleaners with my mother, and see the lady sitting in front of the window with a LARGE ironing 'board' with all sorts of areas like your uni, and a big handle on the upper, hinged part that she would pull down on top of the garment to press it on whichever shape she was using! Yours is a mini-version (and I was a child in the 60's!!). Love yours! I can't wait to see other responses if there is anything else out there like it.

  2. What a great story Suzy! As a child, when watching my mother sew. I remember looking a the UNI and laughing. I totally didn't get it yet, but I do now! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Awesome! I would love to have one too. I have a ham, sleeve board, and seam roll. For a pointer, a have some little plastic gadgets that help form a nice point. I need a clapper though. If you locate the information on the makers of your uni-pressboard, please let me know.

    Thanks for posting this.

  4. Wow, I've never seen a board like that.

  5. Cennetta, I sure will. It's kinda cool!

    Thanks for stopping by Faye!

  6. That a pretty cool gadget HLT!! Never seen anything like it before, thanks so much for sharing!

  7. No problem Myra, I only wish the ham part was more beefy for tailoring collars.

  8. I have just found your blog and I wanted to let you know how much I love what you've been sewing. You've certainly provided some inspiration as I head into summer sewing.

  9. Thanks so much! I'm glad you found my tiny corner of webspace! I'm sure you're excited about summer, so happy sewing!

  10. Nice score on the board! It's 5 tools in one! I have each of these but as 5 separate tools. This gadget sure does save on space:)

  11. Hi Victoria, it is a space saver! And when things get messy it's very easy to find! Thanks for commenting!

  12. What a neat tool. I have never seen anything like it, but it looks so useful and compact. How cool, it was given to you by your mom. I have some quilting squares that were put together by my great, great aunt. I can't get over all the handstitching on them and the different fabrics from that era. They aren't useful, but they are treasured.

  13. Mushywear, what a nice keepsake passed down in your family! That would be a cool post! I love vintage fabrics, when ever I can find them, which is very rarely. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Envy! I have a combined clapper and point presser but it's nothing like that and it's not padded anywhere. Lucky lucky lucky.

  15. Peter, I'm starting to think she's really lovely! My UNI! LOL! She was really wishing to find a sibling though!

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