10 Reasons We Like the Tape Measure Feature on the Quilt Magician

Posted by on June 9, 2014

The tape measure icon is found in the main tool bar across the top.

QMTM1When you click on the tape measure, you will see the next screen where you can begin to use this feature.


When you click on the ‘Set Start’ button, the Set Start button changes into a ‘Stop’ button and all the numbers clear and start at 0. The tape measure is reading the needle location, so put the needle where you want to start measuring from. When you get to the final distance just click on the Stop button and the measurements will stay on the screen. To clear the measurements just click on the Start button again and it will be ready to measure again.

QMTM41. The accuracy of the measurement is .01 (hundredths). Therefore if you are measuring pattern placement, you can get a more precise measurement than a standard tape measure which would be measured in 8th of an inch increments.

2. Easy to use. Click, roll, and click.

3. Features a diagonal measurement; a needed feature for borders.

4. You can measure the last space at the bottom of your quilt as the pins roll around for perfect panto placement. When the pins roll around measure and divide the space by the row height and spacing to see how you can manage the last couple of rows and their sizing. This way you will not end up with half a row of design.

5. Finding the center of a block. Take 2 measurements from opposite corners (in an X shape to find the exact center) —works even if the block is not cut and pieced exactly correct.

6. Can be used with the channel lock on. For exact quilt width measurement, use pattern view to get out of the tape measure feature.

7. Creating block areas for whole cloth. If there is no block area, you can create one by measuring and placing chalk marks on the corner points.

8. Measuring space between laser light pantograph rows. As a rule of thumb the standard measurement between pantograph rows is ¾ of an inch.

9. Checking and double checking detailed placement of pattern.

10. Side border repeats and placement. Once you have the measurement of the repeat on the first or top border, you can then create boxes down the side of the border and place one repeat in there at a time. No need to rotate your quilt for borders once you learn to use the tape measure repeat placement.

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