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Measuring Tools

Taking accurate body and pattern measurements require measuring tools.  To make sure you get the best fit, take your time and measure often and accurately.

 

 

 

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Yardstick – is for general marking and for measuring fabric grain line when layout the pattern.  It should be made of smooth hardwood or metal.

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See-through ruler – lets you see what you measure or mark.  This ruler is used to check fabric grain lines and to mark buttonholes, tucks and pleats. It can also be used as a cutting guide with a rotary cutter.

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Tape measure –Can be used for taking body measurements and measuring fabric. They are usually made with plastic or fiberglass. Choose a tape measure that is 60” long tape with metal tips.  It should be reversible, with inch markings on one side and centimeters on the other.

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Ruler – used for general measuring and marking. The most useful sizes are 12” or 18” long.

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Seam gauge – this 6” metal or plastic ruler has a sliding marker that is helpful for taking hem measurements, buttonholes and pleats.

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See-through T-square – can be used to locate cross grains, alter patterns, and square off straight edges.


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