Having the tools to sew is half the battle, and the next step is knowing the power of what they can do. This post is all about measuring tools and their uses, so you can get straight to designing or sewing with more confidence and less confusion.
Common Measuring Tools
A tape measure is a permanent part of a dressmaker’s uniform, just as a stethoscope is often found on a doctor or nurse. This useful sewing tool is used for taking body measurements to determine pattern size. Other uses include measuring fabric, drafting patterns, and measuring hem size. The flexible nature of this tape is perfect for contouring to the body and all of its curves.
If you’re drafting a pattern or making adjustments at the hip line, then the hip curve is the tool you need to lean on. It’s also useful for making adjustments anywhere a slight curve is formed or side seam adjustments.
The seam/sewing gauge is used for measuring short spaces. Use it for a variety of reasons like hemming, measuring buttonhole size, stop and start points for sewing, making bias binding, and even measuring pleats.
The Quilt & Sew Ruler:
Probably one of the most used rulers for quilting and pattern making is the handy quilt and sew ruler. Because of its transparency, this ruler also allows for accurate marking for drafting, pattern making, and measuring.
All measuring tools have a unique purpose, but I would have to say my top 3 picks would be the measuring tape, a clear ruler, and a french curve. I want to know your top 3 below!