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Posted on: 6/12/10 4:22 PM
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Did anybody else NOT know that tape measures are 5/8" wide? It never even occurred to me until yesterday. How many times could I have used that information over my 40-odd years of sewing?!

So just in case anyone else is as dense as I am, measure the width of your tape measure--I'm sure that there are lots of times when you could use an easy-to-get-to tool that's the width of the seam allowance.

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aqn said... (7/5/10 5:23 PM) Reply
Umm... I knew that. All along. Yeah, that's the ticket! :) Seriously though, that's a very useful tidbit. Thanks.
shoppern said... (6/20/10 12:51 PM) Reply
DUH!!! It never occurred to me...... Thanks.
celkalee said... (6/19/10 11:51 PM) Reply
Oh my! I have been sewing forever and remember a teacher telling me this a long time ago.....I forgot! Thanks for the reminder!!!!!
ryansmumAria said... (6/13/10 6:28 PM) Reply
Great tip! Thank you.
Elaine Dougan said... (6/13/10 11:54 AM) Reply
I have three tape measures and they are all different widths; one half, five eighths, and three quarters. Very handy.
Julia C said... (6/13/10 9:59 AM) Reply
I didn't know this either until I took a class a few years ago. I have both a 5/8" & a 1/4" which I use for SA.
Patti B said... (6/13/10 9:28 AM) Reply
I mentioned this at an ASG meeting and was met with looks of surprise. Of course, I do have one that isn't 5/8 wide but most are 5/8 (at least in the US).
RLL said... (6/13/10 9:17 AM) Reply
I knew this and forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder!
Rebecca Szetela said... (6/13/10 7:09 AM) Reply
Wow! This is the kind of simple tip that I love. I have been sewing at least 40 years as well and I never even thought to measure it! Thanks!
sewknitful said... (6/13/10 0:50 AM) Reply
I does seem obvious but I didn't know either! Thanks!
Teeavilnor said... (6/12/10 5:26 PM) Reply
Thanks, never even thought of it. But now it will be very handy.
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