When it comes to sewing your own wardrobe, you'll need several tools. One of the most common ones you'll use for just about any item of clothing is your seam gauge. A seam gauge measures hems, waistbands, button placement, and more.
I think the video is the easiest way to explain it but I'm also including some pictures and text for those that prefer reading this type of information.
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 will 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 a point turner and sliding right-angle marker that stays in place for repeated marking
- Use a point to gently push out corners on collars, lapels, cuffs, and more.
- Use a sliding marker to measure and mark hem depths, and seam allowances, establish buttonholes spacing and length, and evenly space tucks and pleats
I'd love to hear from you! Do you have a seam gauge for measuring your hems and waistbands? Do you use your seam gauge for something other than what I've listed?