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SA Measuring Wheel Review + Giveaway

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One of the hardest parts when patterning bras is making sure all the pieces matched up. Because 1/8″ can be the difference between a bra fitting and not fitting, it’s so important that all seams equal. Do you know how many times I had to measure and remeasure in order to get all the pieces to be the same? And do you know how much time that took? Plus, with a dinky measuring tape, the measurements weren’t that accurate – I was never sure if I was correct or not. A solution came when I came across Claire’s shop, SACurve. Holy smokes, kids. Do you remember the Barbie doll aisle in Toy R’ Us? Claire’s shop was just like that.

Claire was kind enough to send me SA Measuring Wheel, which measures armholes, necklines, crotches, or  any curved line, and the 3/8th Mini Ruler and 3/8 Pattern drafter, which are designed to add, change, or mark the seam allowance location quickly and accurately. I was going to test the rulers and post a review, but Amy beat me to the punch and probably did a better job than I ever would (awesome job, Amy!), so hop on over to her blog to see the rulers in action.

As a giveaway, Claire is offering a mini and pattern drafter ruler and a SA Measuring Wheel! all you have to do is write in the comments below your contact information and how you would use these rulers. Contest opens immediately and will close on October 31st. Also, contest in open internationally. Good luck!

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54 Comments

  1. Reply

    carmencitab

    I would love to give this wheel a spin! Thanks.

  2. Reply

    Shelley Pleger

    I got the SA rulers when they were on special in July. LOVE! I really hate doing curves SAs with a straight ruler. I’ve since used SA to find seam lines on pattern traces, to add SA’s to an Ottobre pattern and even to add SAs to software patterns when I used the parabola to draw a curve..sadly you cannot use the offset function for it to make the SA in the CAD editor. Believe it or not, drawing them in with the SA curve is faster.
    I got the mini and regular curves at 5/8 in. because they are thicker, plus I can use the 3/8 printed line to add a 3/8 in SA. I’ve not heard of the measuring wheel before, but I currently use flexible rulers or occasionally the Dritz styling ruler to measure crotch curves, armholes, etc.

  3. Reply

    Hanne

    sounds like the solution to all my time consuming grading problems. I teach kids, and I’d love to use these rulers to make my preparations go faster (they need the seam allowance marked, otherwise sewing in a straight line is very difficult.
    I believe from reading this that with this type of tools adapting patterns for their needs would go way faster.
    + I’d love to make myself some proper fitting bras!

  4. Reply

    Silvia - Sewing Princess

    I’d love to try them! I use patterns without SA so they can be handy really

  5. Reply

    ΕΙΡΗΝΗ

    I bought the 5/8th ruler and I love it – I add seam allowances to burda patterns, to any pattern alterations I moght be doing and to draw curves. I would love to try the measuring wheel- the other day I was drafting a stand-up collar for a cape pattern and it would be convenient for measuring the neckline length!

  6. Reply

    Stacy Gandy

    I would love to try!

  7. Reply

    Tanja Haack

    Measuring tapes hate me, so a friendly measuring device would be fantastic.

  8. Reply

    Anita

    Those rulers! I make my patterns from scratch so those rulers ‘ll be really helpful!

  9. Reply

    Brigid Boyer

    Sounds like an amazing resource! I would love to win it. My contact is: brigid(dot)boyer(at)mac(dot)com.
    I would definitely use it for drafting patterns, as well as adding seam allowance to japanese patterns.

  10. Reply

    sallieforrer

    This would be SUCH a great tool to have around for anytime I alter a pattern. I always find myself fiddling around with my tape measure, and, yeah… not very accurate!

  11. Reply

    Heather Lou

    Those are some sweet tools! I would use them to draft my next pattern!

  12. Reply

    LoisHolman

    I recently started making bras and did 7 Muslims before getting one I could wear. Would love the ruler.

  13. Reply

    Victoria Beppler

    These would definitely help me make alterations to my future projects. I don’t have anything to do that right now!

  14. Reply

    KZ

    I would end up using these rulers almost everyday! I am working on designing up a line of women’s ready-to-wear downloadable sewing patterns. These would be amazing!

  15. Reply

    Amy

    Aren’t these tools great?! I’m glad to hear you’re putting them to use patterning bras! (And, no need to enter me into the giveaway – I’ve got my own already!)

  16. Reply

    Jess Z

    I would love to win these! I am currently grading a few patterns for a friend who is plus size, and these would help so much! Also, I could use them as I draft my own patterns for a few designs I am working on. Thanks for hosting! 🙂

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      Maddie Flanigan

      bless your heart – pattern grading is a b***h

  17. Reply

    TinaLou

    I have Claire’s standard 3/8″ and 5/8″ curves and love them (for adding S/A’s, or from converting 5/8″ S/A to 1″ S/A for muslinning), but I really need the mini’s for working in my tiny armscye curve. Oh and anything to help with sleeve caps!!

  18. Reply

    marthaeliza

    Since I moved from a hot climate to a cold climate,I have been trying to add sleeves to my favorite patterns. If I had one of these, I could stop tearing my hair out in frustration. And I wouldn’t need a hat!

  19. Reply

    Emmie

    I’ve wanted those for aaaages! myohsewvintagelife@gmail.com

  20. Reply

    Latrice Smith

    My friend’s asked me what I wanted for my birthday. My answers was rulers. Super nerd here. I would use them to help me draft more patterns. I have been drafting a lot lately and don’t plan to stop. I can be contacted at sewtell [dot] trice [at] gmail [dot] com

  21. Reply

    Evangelia

    I would use them to create a beautiful line of sewing patterns

  22. Reply

    Deanna Pryce

    I broke down and bought some new rulers for drafting the slopers you teach on your website/blog; so exciting and challenging ( I wrote to you about those challenges; thank you for your input and encouragement), to make patterns again; haven’t tried it in over 20 years!! The rotten thing is the flexible, red grid rulers that I bought are 1/10 scale; I’ve never even seen 1/10 scale-not wonder my slopers were out! Alas,….I cannot take them back…Claire’s rulers would be super fantasticly helpful!
    Dea, Style Compass

  23. Reply

    Chantal

    I would love to get into pattern drafting, and these rulers look like they would be very helpful!

  24. Reply

    anto

    Holy moly! I’ve never seen anything like it, they are amazing!! I would use them for every single pattern I make and never, ever put them down.

  25. Reply

    Shannon Burchard

    These would help with all of those minor adjustments I have to make and with the grading of my lovely vintage patterns.

  26. Reply

    Kayoticsewing

    Claire is a genius indeed! She comes up with one cool tool after another and this is such a great tool to have on hand to walk those seams.

  27. Reply

    Jenny Welch

    That would be so helpful for pattern alterations! Eyeballing it doesn’t always work :)… Yes, I’ve learned the hard way.

  28. Reply

    Natasha Estrada

    WANT! want want want want. I would use these to put SA’s on my Lek0-Mail custom fit patterns and obviously it would allow me to sew 10 things in ONE day. Contact as per usual.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      could you use them for your shoe drafting?

      • Reply

        Natasha Estrada

        I think so because instead of SA we put lasting allowance on. Usually with a wing divider which is something I’m going to try with my clothing patterns.

  29. Reply

    Zrinka Bilusic

    There is nothing wrong with nerdy! I have never seen this before but I see how it can be useful. Very useful. Can you please pick me. Fellow nerd.

  30. Reply

    Lisa

    Ooo. This looks cool. I’ve been learning to make patterns and I’d love to try this out. I’m not up to bra-making level, but it may be in my future. 🙂

  31. Reply

    VickiKate

    Oh, they look fabulous! I’m a big pattern hacker so need to true and check things all the time. I’m dipping my toe in the drafting pond too so thes would be awesome for that as well!

  32. Reply

    Sox

    These would be sew useful when I (try to) Frankenpattern. I could actually use an accurate way to see if the sleeves from blouse A fit in dress B without some feeble attempt to just ‘eyeball’ it.
    Thank you for hosting such a cool giveaway.

  33. Reply

    Meigan

    These would be wonderful when I do my sleeve and armhole alterations. It would certainly be more accurate than my “measuring tape along the curve” method, to make sure everything will fit together.

    • Reply

      Maddie Flanigan

      Armholes are the worst!

  34. Reply

    oonaballoona

    whoah. GEEK OUT.

    • Reply

      Maddie Flanigan

      you and I both, sister!

  35. Reply

    Amy Alan

    I’d use the rulers for making patterns, naturally. I always love a good ruler! Contact is amy @ reallyhandmade (.com)

  36. Reply

    Tina C.

    As a larger busted lady, these rulers would definitely come in handy for grading and redrafting patterns!

    Should I be lucky enough to win, please contact me at tina_crossgrove (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    vintagezest

    I would definitely use them to redo the crewnecks for all of those awful crewneck-shirts I bought in the early 2000’s! I should at least be happy that I still fit into them! My e-mail is vintagezest (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. Reply

    Kim

    Wow, they look super cute and helpfull! I would use them when I’m working on my own drafted bra pattern, as that still needs a little bit of work…Thanks for the giveaway! Revesmecanique (at) gmail (dot) com

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      Maddie Flanigan

      another bra making – love it!

  39. Reply

    chacha

    I would use them instead of my current “just eyeball it” technique which is far from accurate!

  40. Reply

    Jennifer

    I saw these when Amy reviewed them. I need this, like the other comments a measuring tape is not the best and when making things like lingerie 1/8 is a big difference. I have favorited the shop on Etsy and will go back and shop soon.

  41. Reply

    Malinda Lloyd

    WOW – these look AMAZING 🙂 I am about to start making my own bras (sooo tired of hunting for the right size for my tatas) and would LOVE to have these!

  42. Reply

    headlongintotrouble

    Ooh, count me in! I’ve been sewing silky blouses and slubby knit Ts where I can fudge things a little (bu adding darts, gathers, or stretching one side a little bit). But I’m getting into bra-making and coat-making now…

  43. Reply

    Coriandel

    I use rulers for everything.I use ruler for drafting patterns, making sure my art work is accurate and for other measurements. But because I don’t have a nice curved rulers. I have been really hindered in my pattern drafting. But if I win I will be able to get on drafting skirts. I am sew excited. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

  44. Reply

    Olivia

    Great giveaway. I would love to win the ruler and the measuring wheel and would use them everyday drafting my own pattern.
    Pick me !

  45. Reply

    Mary Grace

    I think this ruler is exactly what I’ve been looking for, so I would likely use it on all my patternmaking projects!
    Thanks for this information and giveaway!

  46. Reply

    susanne

    I am dying to try these rulers!

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