Updated: Dec 6, 2021
Sewing is an art form that allows your creativity to really shine but it also requires precise measurements if you want to get professional results and make sure all the pieces match up the way they should! Thankfully, there is a wide selection of measuring tools available made specifically for sewists. I’ve compiled a list of the top 3 measuring tools that I get the most use out of in my sewing room and that I think every sewist should have! Plus, I’ll show you how I use each of these tools!
The first measuring tool that I use all the time is my seam gauge (also known as a “hem gauge” or “sewing gauge”). This tool is basically a tiny ruler (usually about 6 inches long), with measurements marked on it, that has a plastic slider that slides up and down the ruler to “mark” whatever measurement you need.
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How to Choose a Seam Gauge
When choosing a seam gauge, look for one that includes both imperial and metric measurements for maximum versatility. Also, choosing a metal seam gauge is usually a great option because it will last longer than a plastic seam gauge.
How to Use a Seam Gauge
I generally use my seam gauge either at my ironing board or at my sewing machine. At the ironing board, I often use it to measure hems as I iron them in place. It’s super easy to leave the seam gauge set at the measurement my hem needs to be so I can periodically check to make sure I’m turning under the right size of hem.
At my sewing machine, I typically will use my seam gauge to measure from the needle to the edge of my fabric to determine where on the machine my fabric needs to be lined up to take the appropriate seam allowance. This is especially useful when I need to use an odd seam allowance amount that is not marked on my sewing machine stitch plate.
Clear Sewing Rulers
While you certainly can use a standard ruler