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    Default Re: What is this tool? It appears to be for sewing, not quilting.

    I used the seam guide a lot when I sewed garments. One of them belonged to my grandmother, so it's old. I haven't used for quilting, but I guess I could b

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    Your post got me to wondering just how old mine is so I had to figure it out. As much as I hate to admit it, it is 53 years old and still has the slider. I bought a new one a while back, but the quality is not as good. It is not as heavy and it actually bent. New is not always better.

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    Default Re: What is this tool? It appears to be for sewing, not quilting.

    Indeed, new is often inferior. I found that out when I gave my pressing ham and seam roll to my step-daughter. When I went to replace them, I learned that Dritz has reduced the size by quite a bit.

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    Default Re: What is this tool? It appears to be for sewing, not quilting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Newbie View Post
    Does anyone know why this seam gauge has notches at each inch? I've never seen another ruler with notches like this. Is there a specific use for the notches, other than to draw attention to the inch measurements?

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    Default Re: What is this tool? It appears to be for sewing, not quilting.

    I think it's simply to make it easier to see the inch measurements, much as a cutting mat has lines every inch.

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    Default Re: What is this tool? It appears to be for sewing, not quilting.

    My MIL taught me how to use the one I have....and I use it a lot. Of course, my MIL was the one that taught me how to sew when my daughter was 4 months old.....and she actually taught me how to sew over the telephone!!! We lived in IL at the time (DH was in college) and he purchased the sewing machine for me for my B-day...and I laughed when I opened it because I had never sewn anything at all!!! The next weekend (after my B-Day) we went home to Michigan and took the sewing machine with us and my MIL (Bless her heart, she's 92 yrs old and still knitting and sewing!) showed me how to run the machine, and took me to the fabric store and taught me how to purchase fabric and patterns. That started me sewing for my daughter and sons....I made everything my daughter wore until she graduated high-school (save for blue jeans and some clothing she purchased for herself). Every time I make something I smile thinking about how wonderful it was to have a MIL like I have and that she taught me to sew.

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    You are blessed, Sugar!

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    Default Re: What is this tool? It appears to be for sewing, not quilting.

    The notches are to mark the measurement on fabrics, etc.
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    Default Re: What is this tool? It appears to be for sewing, not quilting.

    Well, that tool seems useful! Thanks for the information. I am now just venturing a very little into sewing. Thanks, JCY, for the excellent tip on using this for binding.

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    Default Re: What is this tool? It appears to be for sewing, not quilting.

    I certainly have a hem guide (or two or three) and don't find myself using them. I tend to eyeball after all these years of sewing garments, etc. If you don't have one, and don't want to purchase another tool, checkout this tut by the Crafty Gemini....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzp482SZfzY
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