Friday, November 17, 2017

Helpful Tools - Quilting Tape Measure

120 inch measuring tape
Friday posts for the next few weeks will feature ordinary or unique items that I consider helpful and/or essential to my crafting (quilting, sewing, knitting, etc.)

A long measuring tape (120 inches) is an extremely helpful tool for quilting. It makes measuring the quilt for borders much easier and more accurate than a traditional 60 inch tape measure.

While this tape is convenient for measuring large quilts, I can't find a good way to keep it contained when I'm not using it.

Do you have a favorite measuring tool?

P.S. I didn't realize the link to the Stars over Scott (yesterday's QOV) pattern was not correct. It's been fixed.

13 comments:

  1. I've never seen a tape measure that long! That has got to be a help. I wonder if anyone makes them that long and retractable? I have several retractable measures and like that.

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  2. I have several tape measures but find that in my sewing room I'm more likely to use my yardstick to measure things. I used to carry a tape measure in my purse. Wonder what I've done with that?

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  3. Do you have an old film can? I think I do if you don't.

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  4. I used to. It got slammed in the edge of a drawer and broke. It was just a cheap plastic art ruler, but I liked it. I could probably easily find another one at the office supply store, but every time we are THERE I forget to look.

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  5. I have never seen a tape measure that long, unless it was my husbands roll up tape in the garage! I carry a small retractable measuring tape in my bag. I have a one yard long one made like yours. I just wind it up around my hand and keep it in a plastic bag. Not fancy but it works!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. I love the retractable measuring things.

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  7. Wow, and I thought my 60 inch one was long.

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  8. That is one LONG measuring tape! Fascinating!

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  9. I use a carpenter measuring tape. Works great for measuring tops on a design wall. Just bought a Stanley 16' for $8.88. I have a 144" sewing tape measure, store it draped on a hook.

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  10. I have a hook on the wall over my craft table that I hang my tape measure on. You would have to place the hook rather high or double the tape. I have a tape measure experience that I have never been able to figure out. I bought some craft room implements that included a tape measure. I also ordered a long one from Amazon, and I had my Mom's old tape measure. I found that when laid out with their one inch ends even, the inch markers were not the same. They were off in one case by almost an 1/8th of an inch. An inch is still an inch right? I finally chose the one that matched my long plastic dressmaker's ruler. I hope it's right!

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  11. I love my long tape. My best friend uses a metal retractable tape -- the metal doesn't stretch but I still like my flexible 120" tape. I have a cute wooden heart with a peg on it where the tape resides. It takes a couple of seconds to fold it up and hang on there. It takes way too long to roll it up and I doubt it would fit in a film can -- they aren't wide enough. They might fit in an old Tupperware container or even one of the smaller Glad things that are disposable. And, yep, it's horrible when tapes aren't accurate.

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  12. I find my 120" is an essential here, too. I roll mine up after use and toss it into a little ceramic dish.

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