Every sewist knows that the key to a successful fit when sewing clothing with sewing machines is making sure all measurements are accurate. Measuring someone else for fit is easy, yet what do you do when you need to measure yourself?

Using the right techniques, you can take accurate measurements of yourself  so the garments you sew on Juki sewing machines like the versatile Juki HZL-F600 come out fitting just right.

Measuring Tips

To ensure you get an accurate measurement every time when preparing to make clothing with sewing machines, always use a tape measure that's straight and in good condition. Make sure the tape is not twisted or kinked as you measure and do so in front of a mirror so you can see it. Dress in your undergarments and stay relaxed; avoid sucking in your tummy or slouching. Good posture is important for getting correct measurements.

In all cases, avoid pulling on the tape and pushing in your skin. An accurate measurement is one taken as the tape lays naturally around your body. Make sure you measure from the 0 point on the tape, as some include an inch of extra length at the end to make holding it easier.

Measure Your Bust

There are three measurements that can be taken of the bust: the upper, middle, and lower bust area. Be sure you know which one you need. Put on the bra you will wear with the garment and get the full bust measurement by putting the tape around the fullest part of your chest.

Move the tape above the bustline for the upper bust measurement but no further up than your armpit. The underbust measurement should be taken over the bra's elastic band. Stand with your arms falling naturally at your sides for best accuracy.

Measure Your Waist and Hips

The waist is the smallest area of your torso, usually positioned at about 4 to 6 inches below your underbust, somewhere between the end of your ribcage and your navel. Your hips measurement should be taken at the widest part of your torso, usually at the top of the thigh.

Hip measurements may span around the top of your backside. As above, measure over the undergarments you will wear with the garment being sewn on your Juki HZL-F600; avoid pulling the tape taught or sucking in your tummy. Stand straight with feet level on the floor and don’t look down at your hands; use a mirror.

Apex and Torso Measurements

Besides the main measurements of bust, waist, and hips, the more fitted garment you sew with Juki sewing machines, may require you to take a number of apex measurements to ensure everything fits as it should.

  • Apex to Apex - Across the bottom of the neckline.
  • Shoulder to Apex - Calculates shoulder rise or strap lengths.
  • Apex to Waist - Calculates length to determine whether pattern adjustments are required.
  • Shoulder and Arm Length - Calculates sleeve set and length.
  • Waist to Torso, Front and Back - This is another method to determine whether torso adjustments are needed.

If you are ready to dig into the next pattern you want to sew on sewing machines like the Juki HZL-F600 and no one is around to help you measure, fear not! Practice these techniques and you can forge ahead. Just remember to stand straight, measure in the right places, and use a mirror so whatever you finish with your Juki sewing machines has a natural fit in all the right places!

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