This is one tool that I really cannot live without. It is always close at hand when I am sewing and pressing because accuracy really does matter!
So why is this tool so much more convenient than a ruler, or tape measure?
The key is in that little red wedge. This is able to slide up and down the gauge to a selected measurement. It is easy to move, but it does stay in position by itself. This makes this such a handy tool for measuring seam allowances, needle position, and marking buttonholes.
Where it really comes into it’s own though is in pressing up hems.
Because the little wedge stays in position, it is really easy to use to measure a section of hem as you press it into place. You get a consistent measurement, and can just roll the hem into place. The wedge marker just butts up against the folded edge of your fabric. Perfect!
There are a couple of bonus useful features too. The one I use most often is the point turner.
This is a little rounded point, designed tor turning out corners without puncturing back through yous stitching. I know there are lots of improvised alternatives such as knitting needles, or chopsticks, but I have found this little point great because it is already near at hand and it does turn out collar points beautifully.
Do you use a seam gauge in your sewing or do you measure another way? Are there other tools that you couldn’t sew without?