Clover's 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy

I was recently asked if the  5-in-1 Sliding Gauge could really live up to its name, providing help with five sewing and quilting tasks. My response was, I certainly hope so! That question prompted me to go to my sewing studio and check out the little tool that I use every time that I sew or quilt. Here are my findings on how I use the gauge.

Close-up look at the design

  • It’s a six-inch ruler, marked in 1/8″ increments (Left side of ruler begins at 1″ and ends at 6″ inches. Right side of ruler is reversed, beginning at 6″ and ending at 1″).
  • The cursor slides and then locks into position with a push of a button. The top of the cursor shows the selected measurement.

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  • The top of the gauge and cursor has 1/4″ markings.
  • The width of the ruler is 5/8″.
  • Each side of the ruler is 1/4″.
  • The open space in the center is 1/8″.
  • Finally, the end of the gauge features a compass pivot point—that’s a very unique feature. Details to come later!

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 Here are my five favorite uses for the 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge

1.  Space and Mark Buttonholes:

  • Slide the cursor and set it to the measurement the distance between buttonholes.
  • Align the edge of the ruler to the center marking.
  • Position the top edge of the gauge to the placement at the of top the buttonhole.
  • Trace the top edge of the gauge the length of your buttonholes. Next, trace the top edge of the cursor.
  • Slide the gauge down. Align the top of gauge to the second buttonhole marking. Again, trace. Repeat the process until all buttonholes are marked.

5-in-1 sliding gauge2. Measure Seam Allowances:

  • Use the width of the ruler  to mark and check garment seams. It’s 5/8″ wide, how convenient!
  • Or, use the ruler to achieve a truly accurate 1/4″ seam when changing the needle position.

5 in 1 sliding gauge3. Hem Gauge:

  • Slide the cursor and set it to your pattern’s hem width measurement. Remember the gauge locks in place!
  • Fold up the hem and press or pin.

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4.  Circle Compass:

  • With the push of a button, slide the cursor to desired marking equaling the circle radius, or half your circle size.
  • Hold the compass pivot with a pin or stiletto/awl.
  • Insert the point of a marking tool into the cursor opening, and draw circles and arches.
  • Mark directly onto fabric, template material, or freezer paper.

5-in-1 sliding gauge Nancy Zieman

5.  T-Gauge:

When you need to measure both length and width at the same time, use the T-Gauge feature.

  • The top edge of the gauge measures 2-1/2″—the numbered hash marks along the top edge making it a convenient marking tool.
  • Mark and measure both length and width at the same time.5 in 1 sewing gauge Nancy Zieman Clover Needlecraft

Ta da!

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