This is an essential tool for reshaping a hat brim

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Doc Glockster, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Call Me a Cab

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    I was able to see it.
    I think you can do that one with a steam iron and a towel, ironing the top. It's pretty flat to begin with.
     
  2. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Call Me a Cab

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    To make it flat?
    Just use a steam iron.
    To create a curl follow jlee's advice.
     
  3. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Call Me a Cab

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    It can be uncurled though, if he really wants to. Top iron it first to reduce the curl, then flat flange it. The hat I mentioned above had an overwelt that I removed to get more brim. The makeshift sandbagging completely flattened it.
     
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    Hat and Rehat Call Me a Cab

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    Those are very fancy machines, but hatters did all of that earlier, before those machines were invented for mass production.
     
  5. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Call Me a Cab

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    Have you handled one of those, Rick?
    I've removed welts from two hats. One was a velour, the other a finally pounced suede finish. The suede had two v shaped relief cuts. I can't see any way to fold as much felt back into a smaller circumference as those have without some sort of relief cut. The binding probably hides it.
     
  6. humanshoes

    humanshoes One Too Many

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    No worries Jared. I certainly don't presume to know more than you folks who collect vintage hats in earnest, however, this brim edge treatment did tweak my curiosity. Plus, I ran out of popcorn.
     
  7. humanshoes

    humanshoes One Too Many

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    I haven't HR. I do love a challenge, but I likely wouldn't even attempt that edge treatment on a wool blend hat.
     
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  8. Perry Underwood

    Perry Underwood One of the Regulars

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    I found these photos online of the same hat. Is this a pencil curl?

    Sevilla Hat 2.jpg
     

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  9. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I think that pencil curl and kettle curl are interchangeable terms. Their usage pertained to the tools used to make them....a pencil as a mould and a kettle as a steam source. Both are curls, the important element is specifying the size and depth of curl you want. Your pic is of one of the deeper curls available.
     
  10. abe ny

    abe ny Familiar Face

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    how can you press this brim felt
     
  11. Perry Underwood

    Perry Underwood One of the Regulars

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