|Yes - another reason to go to Home Depot. The yardstick was MIA the other day when I wanted to mark the hem on a dress, and out of desperation, I reached for the retractable metal household tape measure - the kind that comes in different lengths - 6 feet, 12 feet, 16 feet or my DH's favorite, From Here to Eternity. They wind up into a squarish metal case and (here's the good part) they can be locked into a particular length with the flip of a plastic switch on the case. I discovered that with the dress on the dress form (or a real person), I could establish the distance above the floor that I wanted to mark the hem, lock that position into the tape measure's primitive "memory", and that little beauty would sit squarely on the floor holding that length of metal tape perfectly upright. I had two hands free to use for smoothing, pinning and rearranging. No balancing the yardstick with one hand, trying to insert pins with my lips, and having to go back and correct dips caused when the yardstick isn't held perfectly straight. The yardstick is still missing, but I no longer care. Wish I'd discovered this forty---uh---a long time ago.