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TortoiseCrafts09/07/2014 10:24:25
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Hi, I was taught metric in school, except in Food and Nutrition where the teacher still did everything in imperial and I still cook a lot in imperial as my recipe folder is in it, but when using cookbooks then I use metric.

I buy fabric in metric but design and make and teach patchwork in imperial.

Like Susan M above when buying wood its 1.5m of 3" x 2" and my Husband works things in both for his DIY!!!

Our 14 year old daughter also works in both - metric at school and imperial at home, her weight and height are all worked in imperial - I understand 5ft 7" tall, makes her 4" taller than me!!! and she just converts from one to the other as needed.

And we still have speed limits in miles and distances, I think we will be a nation of both, metric and imperial for a long time to come.

CazieB09/01/2015 14:46:28
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I get in a terrible muddle with imperial and metric, depending on how long I have been quilting that day, the more tired the more confused! I mostly work in imperial, but if I am making a quilt and need to look up the final measurements I usually end up trying to convert the inches into centimeters or vise-versa. Only last week I was working on 10.5 inch squares and thought I didnt have enough blocks only to find I was looking at the CM size for a king size quilt not the inches. I stopped and had a cup of tea at that point! I do find working in centimeters easier to work out the maths, but somehow feel more comfortable using imperial for quilting, keeps my dyslexic brain busy!

Irene B09/01/2015 17:35:49
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Hi CazieB, welcome to the forum. In the UK we use Imperial measurements when patchworking. However, when we buy fabric it's in metric!!

Irene rose

Sylvia09/01/2015 17:54:36
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Well, I have just discovered this thread, even later than you Margaret.

Here in Mallorca I can only buy rulers etc. in metric. My cutting mat has metric squares too. I mainly patchwork in imperial but with tapes and rulers in both imperial and metric here I swap about a bit. I mostly measure anything I need to measure in metric, it just seems simpler somehow.

With modern adjustable-needle sewing machines it's easy to sew any width seam.

It's funny because I always think of my weight in metric but height in imperial. Also my kitchen scales here are only metric but lots of my recipes are imperial, so I chop and change in the kitchen too.

Winnie the B.O.L.B09/01/2015 19:04:22
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Living in France, I a obviously surrounded by metric measurements. However, apart from the fact that all my rulers etc are in inches, my main reason of not wanting to change to metric is that virtually every pattern I have is in imperial - frequently, of course, of American origin, and any time I have tried to use a metric pattern from , say, a French Patchwork book or mag, the conversion from imperial to metric just has not worked. It is virtually impossible to make an exact conversion The worst thing of all is that, in order to try to make that conversion work, the editors etc have to keep changing the seam allowance - in one pattern it will be 5mm, in the next one 7mm and then back to 6mm for example!!! I find that impossible to cope with.

Do you not come across this problem, Sylvia? If you have found a way to deal with it, can you share that with me!!!

I have to say that i am totally comfortable working in both metric and imperial for everything else - soft furnishings sewing, DIY, height , weight and so on - it is just the absolute precision required for patchwork that defeats me!

Winnie

Fiona09/01/2015 19:54:10
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Lol, I use imperial for sewing, except for buying fabric of course. My rulers are in imperial and I rarely use European patterns so no hassle there. Distance and cooking mostly in imperial. My height is imperial too, but little one is cm as that's how her clothes are bought!

So Isabella is growing up able to switch between the two. But we hit a problem yesterday. She's home educated and we were doing an experiment with laundry and working out how much water was extracted by spinning a sock in our home made washer. And our jug only measures in fluid ounces...so had to convert to millilitres. A metric jug is on the shopping list!

Sylvia10/01/2015 09:58:20
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Ah yes Fiona, that is something else I have to have both of!

I have a conversion chart in the front of my recipe binder which I do refer to quite a bit.

Regarding European quilt patterns Margaret, I seldom use them, as I don't make many trad. quilts anymore. When I am making something for children in hospital etc. it is always something simple which I know how to do.

Gillian Jones14/10/2015 16:59:57
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I've got to say that I am totally reliant on my quarter inch foot for accuracy. is there an equivalent in metric available?

I am like most of you, I tend to convert metric to imperial when I cook although I had to teach metric for most ofr my teaching career (34 years). i suppose we are all bilingual!

Irene B15/10/2015 08:11:51
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Hi Gillian and a very warm welcome to the forum. I think that there probably is an equivalent metric version. You will see metric on the foot plate of sewing machines. My grandchildren do everything in metric but when it comes to sewing my youngest GS Jonny always uses imperial!

Welcome again and hope to see some of your creations.

Irene rose

Winnie the B.O.L.B15/10/2015 10:50:17
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Welcome from me too Gillian. As you might have seen from my January post up above, I use imperial measurements for all of my patchwork for the reasons I explained. I just hate having to swap my seam allowances all the time - it also makes a metric equivalent of a 1/4" foot totally useless! I formed a patchwork group in my wee French village and most of the members are French. I persuaded (bullied!!??) these ladies into buying imperial rulers - even those who already had some metric ones!! When they saw how much wider a choice they had if they could use imperial patterns, they were happy to try - and now they are "bi-lingual" in the opposite way - although only for their patchwork! They also love the much wider choice of specialist rulers they can buy when they use imperial measurements. So, for me, it will always be inches rather than centimetres for my patchwork. As I said to my French ladies, it really doesn't matter what we "call" a measurement - it could be called a dog, a biscuit or a fish!!_ it is purely an expression of a size - so, at the end of the day, it doesn't actually matter if we use inches or centimetres as long as we stick ot the same thing and never try to mix the two in the same "pot"! Now, THAT is a recipe for total disaster!

Winnie

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