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Frances Posted: Sun, Aug 18 2013 6:37 AM

Okay ive started doing Sylvias Bridal Sampler, I was going to do it EPP but that wont work so back to my machine (im never the happiest person using a machine, mine seems to speak perfect Klingon).

My question is the measurement is 2 7/8 how do you all measure things like 7/8 is there a ruler that ive missed somewhere that does the silly weird measurements, sorry if this is a thick question but 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch no problems but not being highly intelligent like you lot are 7/8 is beyond my one brain cell capability.

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eparys replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 7:58 AM

I use mostly Omnigrip and Olfa rulers and on these rulers -  at every inch mark is a solid line and every half inch mark is a dotted line. On the solid lines - there are eight "hash" marks The four representing the 1/4 inches are longer - the shorter ones are 1/8 inch marks.

So on my ruler if I needed 2 7/8 - I would go to the 3" mark and the shortest hash mark to the left of that is 2 7/8.

A few rulers that I have - have no 1/8 inch markings - if that is the case I would try and place the fabric half way between the 2 3/4" mark and the 3" mark.  

Hope this helps and I have not confused you more - lol!! I have only had one cup of coffee so far this morning.

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Patti replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 8:15 AM

Most of my rulers have the inch divided down to the eighths.   If you don't, just think of 7/8 as a wee tiny bit less than an inch.  Half a quarter less.

I did something called "fractures" that required sewing 1/8 inch seams.  Not much room for error there.

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Frances replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 9:33 AM

Thank you very much, it helps a lot most uk patterns use 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch.

Patti, rather me than you doing 1/8 inch seams.

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MNnancy replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 11:19 AM

Frances:
it helps a lot most uk patterns use 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch.

I would have guessed UK patterns would be in metric measurements.  Not the case?


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Frances replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 1:09 PM

Nancy,

Most of our patterns are inches (thankfully) but the fabric measurements you need to buy are normally in metres.

Although we changed to metric years ago, i still bake using pounds and ounces dont use metric unless i really have to.

If Lesley reads this maybe she will say what she uses.

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Donna B replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 2:06 PM

Frances, something that helps me with this is knowing  if you were to divide one inch into eighths,  1/4" = 2 eighths; 1/2" = 4 eighths; 3/4" = 6 eighths; and 1" = 8 eighths.  (Think about cutting a pie into four quarters and then into eight eighths(each quarter in half again).)

So on your ruler, 7/8" would be half way between the 3/4" and 1(whole) inch mark on your ruler... 5/8" would be half way between the 1/2" and the 3/4" marks, etc.

I hope that little piece of logic helps a bit...and doesn't just confuse you even more.

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Agnes replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 2:08 PM

Canada, too, jumped to metric some years ago. So we too work on a hodge podge method. Fabric is sold by the meter in general fabric stores. Quilt Shops may or my not sell in yards. As a result when purchasing at a LQS I check on the size of FQs before I purchase. A meter is approx 10% more than a yard. This amount can really make a difference. As far as patterns, etc it is all in the inch, foot, yard format. Because I knew the length of a mile from childhood I still convert my walking differences from kilometers to miles to really grasp my distances.

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Frances replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 9:47 PM

Thank you Donna, that is a real help.

 

Agnes, it always makes me wonder if its not broke why try to fix it. The fabric shops here are only allowed to sell in metric. most people i know work in imperial.

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ls2116 replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 10:01 PM

I haven't figured out what to do about eighths so i always measure up.

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