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Posted by: Karla Kizer
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Posted on: 4/24/07 11:58 PM
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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.

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ready2learn said... (3/24/09 0:31 AM) Reply
I would like to know it this the correct way to hemming long evening wear?
squirrellypoo said... (5/13/07 2:48 PM) Reply
I just wanted to say that I tried this tonight on a dress hem and it worked perfectly!! thanks!
angeline said... (5/6/07 1:32 PM) Reply
Great visual Picture!! Thank you!
brrmm said... (4/29/07 8:56 PM) Reply
Necessity the Mother of Invention. Great tip!
frame said... (4/29/07 6:22 PM) Reply
Great tip!
cindyann said... (4/26/07 9:16 AM) Reply
Well isn't that the perfect tip! From Here to Eternity is my favorite length too. ;) I will be using this method on my next garment. Thanks
solosmocker said... (4/25/07 10:39 PM) Reply
Great hint and another reason for raiding DH's toolbox.
OP Gal said... (4/25/07 9:26 AM) Reply
Very clever. Turns out that little tool is a real "multi tasker," as TV chef Alton Brown would say. Kind of renders my gizmo that puffs chalk on the garment unnecessary.
Mary Stiefer said... (4/25/07 9:12 AM) Reply
Karla - you always have great ideas. I don't have a dress form but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a great tip. Love it.
Peggy L said... (4/25/07 5:50 AM) Reply
Great idea!
Barbara R said... (4/25/07 0:35 AM) Reply
Clever! I will definitely use this tip in the future.
martinanne said... (4/25/07 0:02 AM) Reply
How clever! Great tip!
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