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