Use: Taking body measurements is the most common use of a tape measure but it can be used for any measuring task. Because it is flexible but firm, it can stand on its edge and measure the distance around an item, such as a circle.
Care & Maintenance: Tape measures require very little maintenance. Simply keeping it clean and using it for measuring will preserve a tape measure for years. If the kids were to get a hold of it for a game of tug-of-war, be sure to check the accuracy of the markings just in case it did manage to stretch.
Available Options: The size of the markings, the width of the tape measure and auto retractable are a few of the options available.
Expense: Tape measures are a very inexpensive sewing tool. Sometimes they are even given away at store openings or other promotional opportunities. A retractable tape measure for your purse is not an expensive investment and you will find many uses for it when you are out and about.