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Posted on: 1/13/05 11:40 AM
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I take a piece of stiff cardboard (or the cardboard that bias tape comes wrapped around) and use that to make my own measurer. I will cut notches where ever I want and not have to worry about remembering "are button holes 2-7/8" apart or 2-5/8 apart". I just use my handi dandy home made measurer. I do this for anything that is small and needs repetitive measuring. I must say I do this because of two reasons 1) I always misplace my measuring tools 2) I forget little measurements between blinking my eyes if I don't write them down. So, this takes the place. Actually it doesn't matter what the actual measurement is as long as you use what ever measurement you've cut into the faux measurerer consistently throughtout the garment.

I have used this for spacing curtain pleats, skirt pleats, buttons, buttonholes, trim, and any other thing I need multiple placings for!

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Karla Kizer said... (4/7/05 6:02 AM) Reply
I have done this when I (blush) couldn't find my little rulers. But it works so well....why do I spend time looking for those blasted little gadgets?
svincent said... (4/6/05 6:00 PM) Reply
This is an excellent idea -- some woodworkers do this for their projects: cut some boards the correct length, then use them to measure throughout the rest of the project. More accurate, too!
bkool said... (1/14/05 8:24 PM) Reply
I do this too, only I mark with a pencil on whatever disposable straight edge might be handy. Usually it's a used envelope.
mClones said... (1/14/05 7:22 AM) Reply
What a clever idea. The sliders on those little rulers are always shifting so that if you don't pay attention, you could end up with inconsistent measurements. Thanks!
Stitchology said... (1/13/05 8:34 PM) Reply
I use this to mark hem depth at spaced intervals, then connect the dots with a ruler.
 
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