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Joan04/01/2011 07:35:54
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inches for me .
30 what its are near enough a foot and 39 inches are a metre., and that is my lot .
Pam Wegener04/01/2011 08:09:50
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Here is one to try from my grandmother.
Hold fabric in your hands and put your right hand up to your nose with one end of fabric, put  your left arm at full reach to the side with the other end whilst looking straight ahead. If you measure that length it will be a yard (36") but if you turn your head to the right and take the end of the fabric to your nose it will be a meter (39"). I do it with a tape measure and it is exact, how do you all get on? I know you will have to try it.
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Tessa04/01/2011 10:28:44
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Morning Pam,
Your are right on with the measurement from hand to nose.  I've had hundreds of customers into the shop where I work and they ask how much a metre of fabric looks like so I just grab it and take it from the left hand to my nose with my head turned to the right....and it's normally bang on one metre...about 40".   It really is a safe way of estimating. 
Irene B04/01/2011 10:57:06
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I had to  try it and the measurement was 38"   So I was close.
Irene B
Janet M04/01/2011 22:36:20
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My last word folks.... a rhyme for you all.
A METRE measures three foot three
It's longer than a YARD you see.
Over and out.
Cathy Turner NZ05/01/2011 08:21:26
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It took me years to finally work out metric and now that I am quilting, I find myself using imperial. 
It annoys the hell out of DH when I insist in talking imperial but I find it easier than metric anyway.  So it was not really a hardship going back to it.
One of the sliding windows in my kitchen is about 5 inches lower than the other because of my inabiltiy to convert properly.  You can't notice it from outside as they are corner windows, and no-one seems to haved noticed it  from the inside of the room.  And I managed to blame it on DH and get away with it!
And I never buy a tape measure unless it has both on it.  I like the lower numbers when I measure myself!
Cathy Turner NZ05/01/2011 08:31:40
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When I started work a million years ago, it was for the New Zealand Valuation Dept. and all  land measurement was all acres, roods and perches!
1012 square feet was 1/4 acre, and I am so old I cannot remember the rest!  Land surveyors used a chain to measure as well,    And I have actually seen a chain measure thingy, in a museum.
Stick to inches, its easier.
Janet M07/01/2011 00:15:03
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Hi Cathy,
well you live and learn don't you, cept me and metric! hahahaha
Eliana Zerbinatti09/02/2011 03:04:10
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I was born in Brazil where we always use the metric system and use seam allowance of 0.5 cm (0.75 cm I think too big). Also, add 1 cm is easier
to add 1.5 cm, they would have to work most of the time with
measures "broken. "
When usage patterns in inches, I become to draw them instead of converting them.
I have mats and rulers in inches too, but almost
Winnie the B.O.L.B03/04/2013 15:05:58
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I just noticed this thread for the first time -after over a year on the forum!! - and wanted to add a comment to the debate, even after all this time since the last post.

I'm from Edinburgh but have lived over here in France for many years. Believe it or nt, I have only just recently managed to find a MACHINE patchworking group - all the others I found were 100% hand work which I hate - and am lousy at!!! Anyhow, the purpose of this post is to say that, by joining the group, i have encountered the metric patchworking rulers, patterns etc. and I find them very difficult. I work very happily in metric for everything else, including ALL other kinds of sewing, but for patchwork, I find it a nightmare.

My main reasons for this are

1) So many of our favourite patterns and books originate in America and I am very doubtful that they will ever change over to metric - at least not in our lifetime! I am not being in any way critical of the USA, just being realistic.

2) Because of that, so much that we use will cotinue to be produced in Imperial and will have to be converted for us to use them if we change to metric.

3) My experience of patchwork patterns and blocks converted from imperial to metric has not been good up till now. I have found, in the major patchwork magazines in Europe, that because, as far as I know, you cannot make EXACT conversions from inches to centimetres without a COMPLETE mathematical recalculation of the whole block design, they compensate for this by using different seam allowances everytime they convert a pattern - so the seam allowances in each pattern conversion vary from 0.5cm to 6.5cms to 7.5cms!!!! To my mind this is horrific and incredibly confusing. In addition, I know you can get the rulers in metric - I have seen many of them, including th eOmnigrid ones - but the marked lines are so difficult to see because the divisions are so tiny that it is very difficult to be accurate.

Here endeth MY rant!!!

Does anyone else out there still want to add anything to the debatet?


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