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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Better Mousetrap/And a Chance To Win!

We're always looking for a better mousetrap :) Well, maybe not a better mousetrap(I hope you don't have mice), but a better way of doing just about anything in our lives.

My grandmother had a very simple kitchen, an enamel sink that stood on legs, a huge stove that had a compartment for storing pots, a cabinet that my grandfather built that was basically just a very large Hoosier cabinet, a tiny little refrigerator, a small enamel top table...and that was it! But...just the thought of the food that came out of that kitchen still makes my mouth water. Her utensils were simple. Eggs were always whipped with a fork, until my cousin gave her a little whisk for Christmas. She absolutely loved it, and she was amazed by how easy it was to whip her eggs!!! Something that most all of us take for granted today. 

Well, I have a better mousetrap to share with you today! 

For so many who sew, the perpetual cry is difficulty in fitting. As we all know, fitting a pattern begins with great and accurate measurements. 

My friend Helen Haughey called a few weeks ago and told me that she is now carrying in her Etsy shop a tape measure that she thinks is fabulous. She wanted to send one to me so I could see what I think. I was a little skeptical at first, but, out of the package and it's the only tape measure that I want to use for taking body measurements!


The tape measure is called Easy-Check, and it's made in Germany. What makes it special is the snap and glider system. Just snap it around the body where you would like to take a measurement and then adjust the glider. Once unsnapped, the glider stays in place and gives you an extremely accurate measurement. No more trying to hold your finger at just the exact right spot, and then wondering if your finger slipped.


The tape measure also makes a great guide for marking the waistline. Just snap it around the waist and then adjust the glider. It will stay in place and then any measurement can be accurately taken.


Since I don't want to give mine away ;), Helen was very gracious to offer a free Easy-Check Tape Measure to a lucky winner!!!

If you would like to win an Easy-Check of your very own, just leave a message on this post. You'll have until midnight Monday, February 20th to leave a message. I'll announce the winner next Tuesday, February 21st. 

But...if you can't wait, you can always pop over to Helen's Etsy shop and pick one up for yourself. I think it's a great addition to your sewing tools. It really is a better mousetrap :)

Good Luck!   



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62 comments:

  1. This is an awesome tool! I can't tell you the gyrations I have gone through trying to measure myself. Hmm, I would love to have two to snap together the way your last picture shows measuring shoulder to waist - I wonder how hard that would be to do?
    Thanks,
    Sue

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  2. This is an absolute necessity in ones sewing room. It's a "why didn't I think of that. ". Kathy

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  3. Love this tape measure. Would love to win one.Thanks for letting us know about it.

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  4. This is ingenious!! Would love to win!

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  5. OH!! I'm in love with it already! That finger slipping thing... ugh. I've done so many re-measurements for that reason.

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  6. What a great idea for fitting alone! I really like this idea of snap on a measuring tape. It would make sewing much easier for me - Thank you for this opportunity to win one!

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  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. That looks very helpful! Happy Valentines!

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  9. Like a much needed third hand! Very "handy"!

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  10. what a great idea and product. Please add my name to the giveaway.

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  11. How awesome... they the best things come in small packages! Thanks for the opportunity

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  12. What a great idea! Must have been a woman who thought it up!
    Blessings Baa

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  13. What a great idea. Much better mousetrap :)

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  14. Wow, how did you know I always wondered if my finger slipped? Barbara

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  15. Looks like a great idea. Happy Valentine's Day to you! I love your blog.

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  16. This is genius! I am continually fighting the casing on my retractable tape measure! The weight of the case causes me to let it slip and drop! Not much good for getting accurate measurements.

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  17. How nice that would be for measuring around one's arm where it's hard to keep the ends together. Or I can see using it for a personal back length measurement by just holding the end, pulling the slider up and being able to read the number without losing it.

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  18. That sounds like a great notion to have since I have to take my own measurements. Would make life much easier.

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  19. What a great idea! These types of inventions always make me wonder, "Now, why hasn't someone thought of this before?" Anything that will make measurements accurate is a good thing. Thanks for the chance to win (and for sharing the Etsy address too). Maybe this will be my lucky day!! (It's my birthday. My dad said my mom told him that she was going to have "the baby" on Valentine's Day. He asked her if she could try to have me on his lunch hour because he was covering for a friend that day--and she obliged! We laugh about that every year, especially because Mom was pretty strong-willed and not so accommodating usually. My dad was always like that. When he went off to war, he told my grandma and grandpa that he'd come home in a Cadillac. Well, he was hitching a ride home after he got out of the service and about 50 miles from home, a guy in a Cadillac picked him up. He said Gramma almost fainted when she saw the Cadillac pull up in front of the house. Hilarious!). Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! May all your loves be true!! P.S. Saw "The Dressmaker." The clothes were fabulous!!!

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  20. Ooooh, I'd love to win one. It sounds amazing
    Liz

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  21. I never know if Im measuring correctly! Anything that gives more accurate results is worth a try! Susan

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  22. Wow! Why don't we have them here! I would love to have one not just for my measurements but for squirming Grandkids measurements! Happy heart day!

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  23. A great idea. I'd like to be entered for the draw, thank you.

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  24. Fantastic for those of us who don't have someone to help with measuring! I'd love to win one. Thank you Rhonda! KathyB

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  25. Thank you for this give away. Fitting is always a challenge and a tool to make the process easier would be great.
    Thank you again
    Marie

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  26. This sounds like a VERY useful tool that I could certainly use and would love to own. Thank you to Helen and you for offering one to us.

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  27. Isn't it always the simplest things that make the most sense? I struggle to fit solo and this looks like just what I need. Thanks!

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  28. Please enter me for the drawing. I would love to try this new gadget.

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  29. Looks like a very clever idea! Somehow between the finger slipping and the tape falling to the ground, trying to find a pencil, I also manage to forget the number! It would be awesome to win one. Thank-you!

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  30. Looks like a handy tool. Thanks for sharing

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  31. What a clever invention! Measuring myself has always been a pain and this would help a whole lot to get those measurements right.

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  32. Hi Rhonda, I don't know if you'd be prepared to post this to UK but I'd love to win it. It would make an incredible difference in my dressmaking life as I'm alone and in a wheelchair which makes measuring quite literally a pain.
    My 60th Birthday (was Widowed a week after my 50th) is Feb 21st so I'm keeping everything crossed, but congrats to whoever wins it. Lucy Kent, UK

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    1. We can mail it anywhere ­čśŐ
      An early Happy Birthday Lucy!

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    2. Lucy, you won the tape measure. I need to hear from you, or I will have to draw a new name. http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-new-terrific-t-winner-and-easy-check.html

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  33. What a boon to fitting solo! It would be great to try this "mousetrap" -- thank you both for the opportunity. Lyn

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  34. Sounds like a wonderful addition to my sewing tool collection. Thank you for sharing about it.

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  35. What a great tool! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  36. Can't wait to try this product. Thank you for the great blog. Sue in Mpls.

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  37. It's the simplest things, isn't it.

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  38. Our Grandma's food seems to stay in our minds forever. Certain foods being cooked
    Makes me think of my Grandma's house :) lovely memories!!
    Thank you for this give away. Sounds like a worthwhile new notion to have.

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  39. Now that is definitely a better mousetrap and I need one!

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  40. What a fabulous addition "Easy tape measure" would be to my sewing basket! This would be magical for us senior citizens that can't reach our "areas" without going through contortions and a lot of pain. Hope to get one

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  41. I totally need that in my life. Taking my own measurements with the standard tape measures is a pain in my behind!

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  42. What a clever feature to add to a measuring tape!

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  43. That tape looks awesome, would totally love to have one.

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  44. What a nifty tool. Perfect for us loner sewists!

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  45. What a brilliant tool. I managed to track one down in the UK, via Google, and it arrived today, so thank you for letting us know about it but don't include me in the draw. Thank you.

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  46. Wish I could think up such great ideas. Love the measuring tape. Hope I win it. Thanks!

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  47. Love this idea. This would surely prompt me to take those measurements.

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  48. Great idea! I would love to win one.

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  49. Delighted to have won this, huge thanks Rhonda I've sent you my details

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