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Tips & Techniques > Most tape measures are 5/8" wide!

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Posted on: 4/18/13 4:50 PM
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I had no idea, but most tape measures are 5/8" wide, making it so much easier to add standard commercial pattern seam allowances when tissue fitting or otherwise trying to mark patterns.

You might have already known this, but I truly am so happy to learn this.
Tina in San Diego
my blog: Artelicious,

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AllNewtoMe said... (6/8/13 9:28 AM) Reply
I didn't know this and shared it at my pattern drafting class--nobody else knew it either! I just used this tip when fitting a commercial pattern.
NanJones said... (5/16/13 12:49 PM) Reply
Count me in as one who DIDN'T know. Do much for "everybody knows this". If you have an idea or suggestion that you think "everybody knows", post it ANYWAY. You never know....
Laurie Lou said... (4/23/13 3:34 PM) Reply
DUH!!! OMG...when I read this I realized I had bought one of those dual tracing weels and as I read this I realized using the tape measure along the seam would be so much quicker than the way I was doing it with the tracing paper. This was a great AH Ha moment ...more so than you know for me. thanks!
tigergirl said... (4/20/13 7:41 AM) Reply
Very handy!! I'll have to check mine (I know some of the cheapos are narrower than others)
Barbara Allino said... (4/19/13 2:48 PM) Reply
Thanks so much. I had no idea either. This is very useful knowledge.
Tina Rathbone said... (4/18/13 8:00 PM) Reply
Yay! I hesitated to post this, thinking that surely everyone on Earth already knew it, but I figured if I could help even one other person with this info, well, who cares if I look foolish! :)
Pj3g said... (4/18/13 5:59 PM) Reply
I did not know this either!
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