Tips and Tools: Seam Gauge

Tips and Tools: Seam Gauge

Back to the basics again this week! Do you have one of these yet?

It's called a seam gauge and it's basically a 6" ruler. The part that makes it extra useful is the little blue guide. It moves up and down the ruler to help you keep hem lines straight while you're pinning or pressing them.

It might seem really simple, but sometimes it's these simple inexpensive tools that can make the sewing process go so much smoother which will mean you end up with better results. If you don't have a seam gauge, I highly suggest you get one. Just might be the best $3 you ever spent! And while you're there, if you don't own a seam ripper pick one of those up too!


Thank you for your tip on using a seam gauge as it was very informative. I teach kids sewing and they kept melting the blue guide. By teaching another program, School of Sewing by Shea Henderson, I learned about a Hot Press Ruler by Clover. It’s a bit more then $3, but it is a game changer and so worth the $12-$15.

Rori Jensen

Hi, if you know the name of the fabric in the picture of the seam gauge, I would appreciate knowing. Thank you, Barbara


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