Seam Ripper Joe…. and his Sewing Machine posted a picture of this vintage Singer Skirt Marker he bought for $6.00 (USD) at an estate sale this week and graciously allowed me to write about his great find. I was curious and amazed that I’ve never seen this invention and didn’t know that it existed. I immediately posted a comment “Does it measure the length? And What does it do exactly?” Joe responded, “Theoretically I believe it helps you mark the hem to make sure it’s even all around. I do have to admit though, it didn’t come with a box or instructions so I’m going to have to hit the internet and study up on this one a little.” I could definitely appreciate his response, because I didn’t know that it existed. My grandmother and mother always put the garment on, and had me or another family member pin the hem in place.
I must admit that curiosity had the best of me when I saw the picture. I shared the picture on So Sew Easy sewing chat on Facebook with two questions… “Does anyone know what this is? And what it does?” The comments poured in with fond memories, helpful tips on how to use it, pictures of other models during that time period, and new models used today. The model shown above has a metal guide used for hemming the skirt or dress, and comes with a pin cushion. This is normally a two person job.
During 1950 Singer found a way to allow an individual to hem their skirt or dress without any help from others. I love the price of $1.98 (USD). The vintage skirt markers can still be found on Etsy and Ebay, but not for $1.98. I found the average price for the vintage ruler, chalk and bulb was $9-$30 (USD).
This is an awesome find and a great learning experience for me. I feel that I’ve missed out on this invention and found that others feel the same too. We wondered why they stopped making the markers? And why they went out of fashion? Until someone pointed out that there are new models, manufactures and some dress forms now with hem markers. I found the two pictures below on Amazon made by WAWAK, which are reminiscent of the vintage Singer design.
There’s even a Trouser Marker
I so wish I found out about this while I was making my skirts! It’s time to get one for my self…
Stayed tuned there’s more to come from LaCartera!