The Anatomy of a Measuring Tape and How To Use It Effectively

All You Really Want To Know About This Tool.

“Measure twice, cut once.”  I am quite sure you have heard this as it is a governing precept for many artisans ranging from iron smiths to woodworking and sewing enthusiasts


If you want to make appealing products that are not cockeyed, then learning to take measurements appropriately would seem to be a pretty darn good task.


Owing to the simplicity of the tape measure; however, many pay little attention to how best to use it and operate on their primal measurement skills. 


Although this tool does not put you in direct line of danger or at least I hope not,  it limits your efficiency and yields uneven and sometimes slightly distorted products. 

So who invented the measuring tape? 

You may want to know this per chance  one were to inquire as to it’s origins.  And you would just happen to know the answer.


The measuring tape in it’s early form, was originally patented in Sheffield, England by a man named James Chesterman in 1829.


Chesterman was in the business of making “flat wire” for dressmakers.  This wire was made in to loops that were incorporated in to the  crinolines giving hoop skirts their shape.  One fluffed out crinoline could use as much as 180 feet of wire.  His measuring tape did not catch on as it was a very expensive purchase at the time.


Chesterman’s tape measure was later improved on in July of 1868 by an American,  Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut.  He came up with the idea of the locking the spring in place until it was released. Again it was quite costly for the time and did not catch on as fast.


If it was not for these men and the women’s fashion industry, we may just still be using the old fold out wooden rulers.

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