Sewing gauge is a fantastic multi use tool every sewists should own. Not only you can use it to measure and mark hem allowances, button placement, button sizes, tucks and pleats you can use it as a point turner, a button shank creator, or to draw a circle.
Use chalk to mark on the wrong side the depth of the hem allowance. That ‘invisible’ line from connecting the chalk marks is where you will fold and press your fabric before hemming. *I always finish my hem first. This is just for illustration purpose.
Pleats: Mark the placement line with one colour and the folding line using another alternating placement lines and fold lines leaving a gap in between pleats or tucks if necessary.
Buttonholes:Determine where and how long you would like your buttonholes to be. This time use an air erasable pen as we are marking on the right side of the fabric (do a test swatch first. Always!) Do keep a distance of half inch between each buttonhole. If you find yourself getting confused between the start and end of each buttonhole you can use different colours pens for reference. Just make sure you are marking on a straight line all the way.
Button shank: Buttons should have an accurate shank width to accommodate thickness of fabric. The gauge tool has three options.
Place it on top of the fabric where the button is being placed. Stitch your button from the back. To create the shank after attaching the button bring the needle back to the right side of the garment between fabric and button and wrap the thread around the loose threads 3-4 times. To secure the shank stitch back down thought to the underside and secure the thread.
Point turner: Use the pointed end to poke the corner right side out when turning corners. The rounded, beveled end smoothes out curves and seams.
Circle: You need to anchor the pivoting point by putting a pin (where is the arrow) and your marking pen or pencil through the hole near the pointed end. Rotate around the pin to draw a perfect circle.