Monday, June 29, 2009

What Makes a Hem Gauge Worth $15?

Let me start by saying the 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge by Nancy Zieman is grossly overpriced. According to the package, this notion has five uses:

1. Spacing and marking buttonholes:
2. Seam Allowance Gauge
3. Hem Gauge
4. Circle compass
5. “T” Gauge

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The 5-in-1 Sliding gauge functions like most other seam/hem gauges, only better. Both the "T" top and the movable ruler are extra long allowing you to make marks anywhere along it's length. That comes in handy when drawing guidelines for buttonholes. In addition, the gauge locks in place and does not move until you press the button. There is a slot down the center so you can mark ¼" seam allowances and the gauge itself is 5/8 " wide. The slot opening is 1/8" wide. The clear plastic circle acts as a hub and the gauge rotates around it for drawing circles.

The design is quite clever and Nancy Zieman has to get her cut, but why spend $15 on a hem gauge? Because, I'm a sucker for sewing gadgets, that's why. This really proves it. And I bought this on a day when I had a few extra dollars no sales resistance. I've managed to sew for more than 30 years without this little tool. But now that I have it, I'm sure I'll use it quite frequently, so in that way, it's worth every penny.


PS: Click here to see a video demonstrating the many uses of this tool.


  1. I'm a sucker for sewing gadgets as well. You'll probably wonder what you ever did without it. Hey. What's a few extra dollars anyway? Right?

  2. I've had this gadget for years before it appeared in Nancy's online store. I was very surprised when I saw it, thinking, "Did she test this thing out first?"

    Okay... now I have to ask, do you have your eye on the Seams Right?

  3. I've been eyeing this one. Thanks for the review.

  4. I have a similar gadget. Love it.

  5. Let us know if you use this often, ok?

  6. I bought it too. But I like it for marking seam lines on BWOF patterns. I love a good sewing gadget.

  7. No one worries about whether an item is needed, it's if it's WANTED! I say bravo. lol.

  8. You are going to be the notions enabler, aren't you? This one has caught my eye too, but I always wonder about the longevity of plastic tools like this. Let us know if you love it.