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Thread: Tape Measure Accuracy

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    Tape Measure Accuracy

    I just discovered that 2 of my 4 tape measures are not accurate. I compared the tapes to a quilting ruler and they were off by 1/4 inch. Which can cause problems at times. Just thought I'd pass this along.

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    I've heard that tape measures can stretch.
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    My goodness, I never thought of it. Next time I will use the carpenter's ruler that Jim gave me.
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    But they didn't stretch, they were SHORT 1/4 inch. Compared to my quilting ruler, at 21 inches the tapes measured 20.75 inches. Pretty sure this means my waist is 1/4 inch wider than I thought. Sheesh.

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    Lol! Sorry for laughing about your waist disappointment, but that's funny! Thanks for the heads-up on tape measures. I need to check mine.

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    i only use my tape measure for a general idea.
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    I mostly use my measuring tape for clothing. Since I use the same tape to measure my body and the pattern, it should come out okay.
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    I use my tape measure for doing borders. As long as I use the same tape consistently, there is no problem.

    However, I've seen the same thing when my husband got a new measuring tape for his wood work. The darn thing was off and all the beams were cut short. Poor Pat thought he was losing his mind.
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    Keep that tape measure. Label it "For measuring body only!". ��

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    I don't use mine much for sewing but the hubs and I have 30 tape measures between us. That doesn't include rulers by any means. I have one in every purse. I use them often when I go to garage sales and need to take measurements.

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    I've also read to use the same ruler or at least the same rulers from the same company. Makes a difference.

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    Cloth tape measures are designed for apparel sewing. So, when they stretch out that 1/4", it really doesn't matter that much. Obviously, this is a very big deal for quilters. Having said that, I only buy quality (not the $1 bin) tape measures and I replace them every few years - along with my seam ripper! These tips I learned from a person who does alterations and it really was an improvement.

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    MadQuilter - apparently, this is a problem with some manufacturers of steel rule tapes as well, as your husband discovered. Which can REALLY be a potential hazard if you're a CARPENTER.

    Tessagin - would you check several of your cloth tapes against a quilter's ruler? I have a hunch some of them will be "off". Unless you're too busy quilting (smile).

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