Confused? Panicked? Me, too. So, let me make you feel better:
Forget the one sixteenth inch mark.
You will rarely measure down this small. But if you do, I'll let you in on my little trick for reading these minuscule marks:
I call it the "nudge up, nudge down" method.
So, the measurement shown here is 1 foot, 1 1/16 inch. But in my head I call it "one foot, one inch...and nudge it up a hair."
Whatever works for you.