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.
First, let’s take a 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.
- 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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 are along the top edge making it a convenient marking
- Mark and measure both length and width at the same time.
I think that you can see that this notion is a multitasker!
Bye for now,
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