This week I am in Osaka, Japan, meeting at Clover’s Headquarters. Clover, as you might know, is the manufacturer of quality sewing notions and tools. Later this month I’ll share photos of my trip. Meanwhile, enjoy an encore post of “Sewing Notions Measure Up!”
We can all relate to the Russian proverb, “Measure twice, cut once.” The testimony to that saying is the number of measuring tools that I have scattered around my sewing studio. Some are very old—others much newer. I gathered all those measuring tools to take an inventory on what I use. Here are my findings.
I don’t feel dressed for the occasion—sewing or quilting—without a tape measure around my neck. Right now I have three hanging in my room. A girl can never have too many tape measures! Often the width of the tape measure is 5/8″ wide. That’s convenient for quickly checking seam widths.
This handy upgrade from the traditional black 6″ gauge with a red sliding guide now has a locking mechanism, keeping the sliding guide in place. I named it 5-in-1 since it also can serve as a small T square, compass, measure of 5/8″, and measure of 1/4″. I’ve demoed this tool in the video. Enjoy!
Designed the size of a credit card, it’s handy to hold (I’ve had lots of credit card experience!) and quick to check seam widths. I use the Seams Right mostly when quilting. The 1/4″ measurement appendage certainly is handy.
The pink color keeps my husband from claiming this measuring gem. Like the measure he stores in the garage and can rarely find, the stiff tape locks in place and is my go-to measure when working on window treatments and other home dec projects.
One of the first notions that I ever purchased was the Hem Gauge. I was in college on a textile tour in North Carolina, touring the Scoville Notions company—later Scoville was purchased by Dritz. Having this tool was a heaven-send. This is not the original notion that I purchased, as that tool has since been worn out. Regardless, I can’t press a hem without this product. The straight and curved edges are perfect for almost every hemming task.
This measuring tool is generally in my handbag. It comes in handy for quick measuring while shopping. The second use is slightly unconventional. It can entertain an almost 2-year old for about five minutes during a church service just like it did her daddy and uncle.
Domestic Hem Gauge
Found in my grandmother’s sewing machine drawer, this prized measuring tool is kept in a safe place. I smile every time I look at it!
These are my favorite measuring tools, acrylic rulers not withstanding. How about you? What are your go-to measuring notions?
Bye for now,