Spring-Loaded Auto Retracting Measuring Tape

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Spring loaded retractable extra long tape measure

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Over the last 20 years, I have had a couple of standard sewing measuring tapes. You know the kind; flexible cloth coated with a plastic coating for durability with metal tabs on both ends. The two of them have served me well. However, at some point I purchased a second because I’d misplaced the other. I have stored them tightly rolled just so they wouldn’t get tangled with everything else in the drawer or box where I kept them.

Here’s the catch though. Every single time I’ve gone to use one of my sewing tapes, I unrolled it, measured whatever, and spent a couple of minutes rolling it back up again. Many, many times I didn’t realize I wasn’t done with it and ended up unrolling then rolling it again several times.

One day I was at a fabric store and on checkout they gave each customer a promotional spring-loaded tape measure. I loved this tape. Now I could push a button and the tape wound up for me. No more tangles in the drawer and no more manually rolling the measuring tape.

At ¼” wide and only 60” long, this tape just couldn’t do some of the jobs I needed it for. I have become much more involved in pattern alterations, especially for plus sized people. A longer tape is necessary. Also, with multi-sized patterns (which most are these days) one of the first things I need to do is mark the stitching line on the pattern. Most patterns use a 5/8” seam allowance. My old tapes were 5/8” wide, allowing me to lay the tape along the edge of the pattern and quickly mark a dotted line along it. The ¼” wide tape just couldn’t do that.

As a result, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect tailor’s or dressmakers sewing measuring tape. I finally found this one. At 120” long, it’s plenty long enough and at the standard 5/8” wide, it’s just the right width. The powerful spring never has difficulty rewinding the tape. The tape itself is fabric and coated for durability. It has metric and imperial measurements in easy-to-read numbers. I just love it. It’s one of my favorite tools.

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