I consider myself a lazy seamstress, I hate to
measure & I don't like using a marker. I want
my sewing to be relaxing and enjoyable.
My favorite tool is my eyes, I love to
"eyeball" things. Once in a blue moon I run
across fabric that has a repeat pattern that's
too large for me to sew a straight line
and too swirly to keep focused on.
This "icky" green and tan reproduction print is
a fine example of that type of fabric. Yes, it's
"icky" but I think it's going to make a lovely
dress. So, what do I do? I dig to the bottom of
my sewing box and bring out my gauging tape!
I've had this roll several years but, I looked
online and found a similar tape at
Joanns (online only).
It's well worth every penny!
Especially if you want to sew a gauged
skirt but, perfectly straight synchronized
rows of stitching seems impossible!
It's very similar to masking tape, it sticks well to
your fabric and all the measurements are
I took these photos at night...the icky green
is now an icky blue green.
I can sew a perfectly straight line and
perfectly measured stitches.
Move the tape down (you can use it several
times) and make your second and third row
exactly like the first row.
I love it for tiny even pleats.
How lazy & easy is that???