I have a confession to make with this one: I’ve had a Seam Gauge in my sewing basket for years (umm.. almost 7 years to be exact) and I just started using it over the past few months. Truthfully, I didn’t really know what it was for and thought it was just another gadget I didn’t need. I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong, so here it goes: I was wrong.
We carry two different Seam Gauges, both of which essentially do the same thing, though the Project Runway version has a point at one end which can be used to gently push out points on things like collars and cuffs.
1. Project Runway Seam Gauge, $1.59
2. Sewing and Knitting Gauge, $1.19
My hems used to always be a little uneven because when I pressed them, I would usually eyeball it. Turns out, this little guy is easy to use AND it makes my hems look much more uniform and professional. PLUS, it’s well under $2. Now that is a price I can live with!
Here’s me with my seam gauge in action:
To use the Seam Gauge, slide the gauge to the desired measurement. Put the Seam Gauge on your fabric and fold up the hem, as shown in the photo above (though in this photo, I’ve already turned the raw edge in .25″ using the seam gauge). As you press the hem with your iron, move the Seam Gauge over to measure the next bit of your hem and continue ironing the hem. Easy peasy. Depending on the fabric I’m working with, I’ll measure the hem between every cm (if I’m feeling picky) and every few cms or more (if it works well with that fabric).
Check out how nice and even my hems look now:
My verdict: the Seam Gauge is definitely worth the less-than-two-buck investment. Saves time when pressing your hems, and makes them look professional and even. Plus, the gauge easily slides from one length to another (but stays put while I’m pressing) so I can easily switch between hem sizes. I can’t believe I didn’t start using it 7 years ago when it was first given to me…