When it comes to sewing your own wardrobe there are several tools that you'll need. One of the most common ones you'll use for just about any item of clothing is your seam gauge. A seam gauge is used for measuring hems, waistbands, button placement and much more.
How To Use A Seam Gauge
Begin by finding the correct amount of fabric to fold down. This will be listed in the instructions in most patterns. The exception would be if you need to make sizing alterations on something like the hem. Slide the plastic portion of the gauge up or down. The straight edge needs to be lined up on the correct measurement. You want the top of the ruler to be even with the folded section of the fabric and the top edge of the plastic slider with the edge of the folded over portion of the fabric.
Other Common Uses For A Seam Gauge
- Small, multi-purpose metal ruler with point turner and sliding right-angle marker that stays in place for repeated marking
- Use point to gently push out corners on collars, lapels, cuffs and more
- Use sliding marker to measure and mark hem depths, seam allowances, establish buttonholes spacing and length and to evenly space tucks and pleats
I'd love to hear from you! Do you a seam gauge for measuring your hems and waistbands? Do you use your seam gauge for something other than what I've listed?