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Jim/Steelsewing

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I'm still looking for a Measuregraph to finish off the 1960's retail sewing circle center. If anyone happens to have an extra, lol, or stumbles upon one that needs a good home. Do let me know. Thanks.

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Jim, no I don't have one, but just had to say that brings back memories from my youth.  Remember Mom buying yardage and clerks using those measuring devices.  Also have an indelible image of Mom paying at a dept. store where the clerk took her money, inserted it into a canister which wizzed away up a tube to a bookkeeper who made change and sent it back down.  I suspect when your collection is complete, it would make for a very interesting trip down memory lane!
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Mavis... I didn't really understand what my Sister was doing. Her 'want' list of sewing related items seemed odd... and then it came to me. When she was a kid... our Mom woulld take her over to Grandma's house and the three of them would go shopping.  Any time they did that... the last stop of the day was always the big department store at the top of the hill downtown. They'd all go downstairs to the craft and sewing area and flip through the new patterns, or the material on sale.

Just like your memory, the store had the brass tubes to send paperwork and stuff through the store. The sewing supplies area had the retail pattern cases (check - although these pattern cases are too 'new' the ones she remembers were wooden with a glass window showing one pattern) and display boxes for DMC (check) and the counter had the measuregraph...  so unbeknown to me (until I figured it out) my Sis is reconstructing a happy childhood memory. It must be a lot clearer in her head than in mine. =)

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There's one listed on eBay right now at what seems a fairly reasonable price.  Not sure if it's complete or what you're looking for, but look up item # 202742386999

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cool!  Direct link https://www.ebay.com/itm/202742386999
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Thank you both. I forwarded the auction to Sis. I don't 'know' in my head which model measuregraph she's looking for, but that might be it. =)
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Aaaand, another one I just saw on eBay:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1915-Measuregraph-Fabric-Measuring-Machine/372731009145?hash=item56c87fd879:g:2MgAAOSwFCddRzV2

If that link doesn't work, it's listing # 372731009145

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I was just reminiscing about these the other day with the clerk at Joann's.
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How does this machine work?

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One of the local quilt shops started using one of these a few years ago. I though it was pretty cool.
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The edge of the fabric is pulled through the machine and rolls a bearing or wheel that makes the dial on the face go around. The there is a lever that was pushed down that sliced a little cut into the fabric which marked where the cut was to be made. I seem to remember them tearing the fabric sometimes.

I think the reason they quit using them was the advent of knits and other stretchy fabrics. The amount of pull needed to work the mechanism would also stretch the fanric, making it measure incorrectly. This is only a guess on my part, however, but it seems to me that the increased use of synthetics came around the same time as the stores changed from the cool machines to the boring tables.

If you look at the ones in the auctions, you will notice that there are little wheels on the bottom. They were mounted on the edge of the table and could be moved from one person's "station" to another's.

If the user wasn't careful to keep the fabric straight and perpendicular to the machine, the fabric would get a fold started, and they would sometimes have to start over. Bummer!
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