A Measuring Gauge is a must have for any seamstress. I've always kept one like the bottom pictured by my ironing board. It's a necessity when creating hems and such and much easier than a measuring tape for this steps. The blue slide is adjustable so you can move it according to what you need. But the other one on top is new to me.
I found this handy little gadget at our Tuesday Morning for only 99 cents!
I wish I would have snagged more now since this is bound to get lost in all my fluff!
They were gone when I went back recently, but I'll keep an eye out.
It has measurements from 1/8" up to 2" as you turn it around and flip it over.
I'm a creature of habit, so it sat unopened on my table for sometime while I continued with my old gauge. Now it's out, broken in well and I really like it! :)
But either kind, a Measuring Gauge is a Sewing Essential for sure!
To learn of other items I find essential in my sewing space, search "sewing essentials" in the sidebar.