A few weeks back, we got an interesting email that kind of knocked us for a loop. It was someone needing help figuring out what all those tiny marks are on a standard tape measure. What?!?! We deal in fractions every day and are forever measuring quarters and eighths and sixteenths and whatnot. It's completely second nature to me, but when I stepped back and looked at my trusty tape with the eyes of someone brand new to sewing, I saw she was right... there are
a lot of marks with no identification. So, we came up with a handy chart to help decipher those little black lines, and thought it would be a good tip to share with everyone.
Remember how scary it was to raise your hand in school and ask what you feared to be a 'stupid' question? Hopefully we've moved beyond that fear. Questions are great because they lead to answers, and answers are meant to be shared.
Be aware that some measuring tapes are divided all the way down to sixteenths, just like the chart below, but others are only divided down to eighths.
Pass along this little chart to your new sewing friends, and remind them to always measure twice (or three or four times), then cut once.