Measuring Tape Marks & Yardage Conversion
FOUR Handy Printable Charts from Sew4Home
They always say, “it’s the little things.” And in sewing, that is very often the case, because little details can make a big difference as can new (or forgotten) bits of information. It is also important to remember that what is second nature to those of us who have been sewing for years can be quite mysterious to someone who is just starting out.
Our friends at Sew4Home have shared some of their most popular basic sewing printable charts, including how to decipher the marks on a measuring tape as well as how to convert from one fabric width to another. Download and print one or all to keep handy at your sewing station as quick reference tools.
The most common measuring tapes are either divided all the way down to sixteenths or broken down by eighths, which is how the two measuring charts are set up: one showing the eighth breakdown and another showing sixteenths. In addition, you can print and download a simple conversion chart from inches to millimeters. This conversion goes out to two decimals for accuracy but rounding to the nearest whole millimeter is more common. For example, when rounded to the nearest whole millimeter, ¼” would be shown as 6mm.
Your project instructions call for two yards of 60″ wide fabric, but the fabric you want to use is 45″ wide, what do you do?! You could search your memory banks for that old math lesson about proportions or… print out Sew4Home’s handy chart for those times when the pattern and/or pattern envelope doesn’t include a yardage conversion table.
These are general estimates. If your fabric has a big motif, a large repeat or is directional, it’s best to buy extra. When working with large repeats, the rule of thumb is to buy the pattern’s suggested amount of fabric plus enough extra to cover one full repeat.
Other extra-fabric situations include if you are cutting fabric on the bias or if your pattern includes extensive fussy cutting.
When in doubt, add an extra ½ yard. It’s always better to have a bit more than not enough — especially knowing that popular fabrics can sell-out in the blink of an eye.
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Links to articles at S4H: https://sew4home.com/fabric-width-yardage-conversion-chart/
NOTE: This information is also part of the six-piece Cheat Card Set, available for just $1.99USD as a printable sheet from the Sew4Home Etsy Shop. Click for details.
By: Liz Johnson, Senior Editor, Sew4Home – a Janome Exclusive Studio