Toy measurements - what kind of tape measure do you use to measure your toys?

Rossie Rossie
What kind of tape measure do you use to get the most accurate reading? I personally prefer to measure the circumference of a toy with measuring tapes made for sewing, and rulers to check the length and diameter.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Measuring tape made for sewing.
Ansley , Kayla , Sex Positivity , fallwillow , Sammi , Gracie , Adriana Ravenlust , Woman China , OhMy! , Nirelan , TransMarc , kendra30752 , humblepie , sjclayton2912 , Beck , potstickers , Calla , Allstars316 , ToyTimeTim , Lucky21 , llellsee , chantalgiardina , BG529 , Vegan Silk , mpfm , Petite Valentine , DeliciousSurprise , Melan!e , theavocadopit , LeatherandLace , Fun Lover , GirlOnGirl , Lady of the Lab , Airen Wolf , TJtheMadHatter , spiced , gehuwd , Leather & Lace , gsfanatic , delcubed , AlianneCimorene , AliMc , Pete's Princess , TJax
44
Self-retracting metallic carpentry tape measure.
Annemarie , ginas , DreamWolf , TransMarc , Stinkytofu10 , Beck , spiced
7
Ruler.
TransMarc , Mwar , mpfm , spiced , AlianneCimorene , snowminx , chicmichiw
7
Other...
ghalik , Master DarkWolf , ViVix , Mwar , indiglo , TJtheMadHatter , spiced
7
Total votes: 65 (55 voters)
Poll is closed
04/23/2012
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ghalik ghalik
I only have one measuring tape. It's one of those cheaply made ones store clerks use to measure customers. It's pretty short though and I should get a better one.
04/23/2012
Sex Positivity Sex Positivity
A measuring tape for sewing is the most accurate, I find.
04/23/2012
Annemarie Annemarie
I use a metal tape measure and/or ruler (whoops, forgot to include that). To measure the diameter, I hold the toy up so it's backlit (if it's asymmetrical, I'll measure it a few times and go with the largest) and measure between the lines. Then, for the circumference, I'll just calculate it based on the diameter. My ruler is awesome, it's a craft ruler, so, it's clear and has gridlines down to 1/16th an inch.
04/23/2012
ginas ginas
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
What kind of tape measure do you use to get the most accurate reading? I personally prefer to measure the circumference of a toy with measuring tapes made for sewing, and rulers to check the length and diameter.
Most of the times, I just use a metalic carpentry tape.
04/23/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
I chose other because I don't measure them. My Baby uses a self-retracting carpentry tape measure.
04/23/2012
Woman China Woman China
My regular sewing measuring tape is a Chinese one and they use different systems of measurements than we do. So I have to remember to use the western measuring tape.

LOL!! One of my first reviews I didn't even think of it, and measured that a one and three quarter inch diametre toy was actually something like three and something inches and that I took it pretty easily. Of course I supplied some pictures and my readers went huh? What are you talking about??? Now I know better and am more careful!
04/23/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Sex Positivity
A measuring tape for sewing is the most accurate, I find.
I think so too, for the circumference that is.
04/23/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
My regular sewing measuring tape is a Chinese one and they use different systems of measurements than we do. So I have to remember to use the western measuring tape.

LOL!! One of my first reviews I didn't even think of it, and measured ... More
Oh geez, those Chinese metric measurements are like nightmares! I still cannot figure out exactly which is what, back in those years when I lived in Hong Kong (and I believe Hong Kong and China have different systems too!).
04/23/2012
TransMarc TransMarc
Whichever I find first! Messy room.
04/23/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
What kind of tape measure do you use to get the most accurate reading? I personally prefer to measure the circumference of a toy with measuring tapes made for sewing, and rulers to check the length and diameter.
I have a MILLION sewing measuring tapes and I use them... for everything! Toys are no exception I could borrow my Lovie's or my Dad's stiff measuring tape (not sure of what those are called) but I don't think it'd be as accurate.. or as handy.
04/24/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
self-retracting tape measure or using a piece of string then measuring the string.
04/24/2012
Beck Beck
I use a tape measure for sewing and a regular tape measure.
04/24/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
Plastic ruler for length, digital calipers for diameter.
04/24/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Tape measure for sewing most of the time. I do have other means of measuring like calipers, metal tape etc. but I keep the sewing tape by my computer.
05/11/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
What kind of tape measure do you use to get the most accurate reading? I personally prefer to measure the circumference of a toy with measuring tapes made for sewing, and rulers to check the length and diameter.
I just use the site's measurement and size comparison pics.
05/12/2012
llellsee llellsee
One for sewing, works well for measuring circumference
05/12/2012
chantalgiardina chantalgiardina
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
What kind of tape measure do you use to get the most accurate reading? I personally prefer to measure the circumference of a toy with measuring tapes made for sewing, and rulers to check the length and diameter.
measuring tape for sewing
05/12/2012
indiglo indiglo
I have a self-retracting soft measuring tape that I use. It's the accuracy of a measuring tape for sewing with the convenience of a self-retracting tape!
05/12/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
A tape measure for sewing is the best, however I recommend that anyone who uses one periodically check it against a metal or wood ruler. Sewing tape measures can stretch over time leading to inaccuracies in measurements.
05/12/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
I have a self-retracting soft measuring tape that I use. It's the accuracy of a measuring tape for sewing with the convenience of a self-retracting tape!
I should get one of those, takes forever to reel mine back.
05/12/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
A tape measure for sewing is the best, however I recommend that anyone who uses one periodically check it against a metal or wood ruler. Sewing tape measures can stretch over time leading to inaccuracies in measurements.
Never thought about that; but I rarely use mine, so it's still quite accurate.
05/12/2012
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
I usually use measuring tape but in photos I've included with a couple reviews I've laid the toy down next to a ruler so people can clearly see the length of it.
04/06/2013
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
What kind of tape measure do you use to get the most accurate reading? I personally prefer to measure the circumference of a toy with measuring tapes made for sewing, and rulers to check the length and diameter.
Dressmakers tape measure works best for me
04/06/2013
TJtheMadHatter TJtheMadHatter
I use the sewing measuring tape most of the time. For my last review, I had to use a thinner one. It's retractable and about the size of a silver dollar. I couldn't fit the sewing measurement tape on the neck to get an accurate read.
04/06/2013
spiced spiced
I use a tape measure for circumference and usually a ruler or tape measure for most other things. I also have a dial caliper and sometimes use that for diameters or depths. Whatever works best for the job at hand...
04/06/2013
Leather & Lace Leather & Lace
I don't usually measure them.
04/06/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Sewing one, it's more convenient since it's flexible
04/06/2013
snowminx snowminx
I'm too cheap to go out and buy measuring tape, I just use a ruler lol
04/23/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
I use a ruler and just multiply by pi to get the circumference. Mathematical!
04/23/2013
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