None other than a sewing gauge gives your sewing an impeccable look allowing you to measure and draw infallibly. This is why as an ambitious sewist, along with every other thing you must know how to use a sewing gauge appropriately.
In case you’re still not sure how the gauge actually works, we are here for you with the details of its advanced uses. Stay tuned till the end to be a master of it. Let’s begin!
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What are the parts of a sewing gauge?
Before we tell you how to use your sewing gauge for different purposes, it is wise to introduce you to a sewing gauge first. Otherwise, while learning different uses of it, you may have a lot of confusion in mind.
A sewing gauge is basically a tiny metal ruler with some extra additions: slider, shank and hole.
It can be of plastic or metal that you will find just in the middle in between the two edges and is easily movable. Moving it up or down you can fix a measurement in inches or cm before creating the final marks or dots upon the fabric piece.
Between the two vertical ends of the gauge, in the flat end, there remains two U-shaped objects. The shapes are called shanks that ease your sewing of the buttons.
The big shape is for a bulk button while the other is for a standard or tiny size button.
There will be two holes available all over a sewing gauge. One hole is on any side of the slider while the other will be on the top of the ruler.
Using the two holes simultaneously, you can draw impeccable circles upon your fabrics.
How to use a sewing gauge for hemming?
In every sewing gauge there is a slider either of metal or plastic and you can take it up or down to set the measurement.
So, to create a hemline, the first thing that you need to do is to set the slider (by pushing) to that inch or cm mark, up to which you want the hem to be depth.
Then, lay the target fabric piece flat on a flat surface upon keeping the wrong side on. Place the slider just beneath the edge of the fabric.
Use a temporary marker to mark the reach of the top line of the gauge. Maintaining an equal distance from one another, make such tiny marks from one end to other.
When you are done with the marking thing, finally, fold the fabric along the marked dots. Here comes the end!
How to use a sewing gauge for marking pleats?
First of all, decide the distance in inches or cm from one pleat to another and set the slider accordingly.
Along the edge of the fabric, place the sewing gauge horizontally. Make sure that there is a gap of 1 cm in between the gauge and the fabric edge.
Using a temporary marker, create the first mark or dot that will be basically the placement line. Then, maintaining equal distance keep creating dots or marks.
Remember that the dots or marks in the odd positions are placement lines while the dots in the even positions are fold lines. If possible, use two different colored markers to make the placement and the folder lines.
In the end, fold the first fold line upon the first placement line and use a pin to attach the two. Keep doing the same for the rest of the placement and fold lines.
How to use a sewing gauge to determine buttonholes?
On the basis of your fabric’s size, it is you who will decide the number of buttons to put and the unique distance from one to another.
Well, if you have had your decision, lie the gauge down flat just along the edge leaving a 1 cm gap between the edges of the fabric and the gauge.
Create tiny dots where each dot refers to the placement of a button. Take the gauge end where the shanks are. If your button is bulky use the large shank, otherwise use the smaller one.
So, what you need to do is to open up the expected shank and place it vertically on the place where a button is going to be sewn.
To be more specific, place the shank in such a position that the dot created for the button is in the middle of it.
Now, place the button on the shank making sure that the holes of the button are just above the gap of the shank.
Stitch through from the wrong side of the fabric and through any button hole. Take the needle down through the other hole. This is how you create a stitch; keep doing the same to strengthen the tie.
How to use a sewing gauge to create a circle?
Creating a circle with your sewing gauge is the easiest method. First, place the gauge upon your fabric and bring up or down the slider to make it the center of the circle.
Cast your sharp eyes upon the slider and at any side of it, you will find a tiny hole. Just along this hole, there is another tiny hole on any end of your gauge.
The hole that is on the slider is to be constant, we mean, it will be the center of the circle. Have a pin, insert it into this hole and keep the pin held there tightly.
The other hole is for your marker that will basically draw the circle. Use the remaining hand to insert the nib of the market into it. Keep pulling the marker holding it tightly.
In this stage, a harmony of your both hands and eyes is a must; otherwise, the circle will be distorted.
To conclude, a sewing gauge just like other sewing tools and gadgets, plays a vital role in keeping your performance standout. You may still go without it but the output that you will bring out will be far cheaper.