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Date: 12/2/13 1:59 AM

I bought a toddler's dress pattern and the seam allowance is 1cm. Should I go with 1/2 inch? (Is this where the usage of "scant" comes in?) I don't even own a proper metric ruler.

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Date: 12/2/13 2:02 AM

I believe 1cm is about 3/8 inch. Google lets you translate one to the other -type in for example 1 cm in in and it will tell you.

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Date: 12/2/13 2:27 AM

1 inch is exactly 2.54 cm

1 cm is 0.4 inch; slightly more than 3/8 inch
1.5 cm is 0.6 inch; slightly less than 5/8 inch

if you deal with metric a lot, it's easier just to buy your own ruler.
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Date: 12/2/13 2:32 AM

Quote: andye
1 inch is exactly 2.54 cm



1 cm is 0.4 cm; slightly more than 3/8 inch

1.5 cm is 0.6 cm; slightly less than 5/8 inch



if you deal with metric a lot, it's easier just to buy your own ruler.

how do you mean 1 cm is 0.4 cm and 1.5 cm is 0.6 cm?

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Date: 12/2/13 2:46 AM

Oops. corrected.

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Date: 12/2/13 9:03 AM

Take a closer look at your rulers. When I did, all of mine have the metric on either the back or upside down on the bottom....even the little hem gauge with the slider has metric.

When I sew with metric patterns, I do use the half inch...it hasn't made a real difference, but I'm not sewing skin tight either...you wouldn't want skin tight for toddlers.

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Date: 12/2/13 11:21 AM

Thanks you guys. I had converted it on Google, but my brain isn't working very well these days. I have two sick dogs and a serious lack of sleep going on. In all of my sewing of indie patterns, I never had this happen, and that in itself shocks me. I can't believe I've never bought a pattern that originated across the pond. As a toddler pattern, I figured it mattered more than with an adult pattern.

I didn't think of the hem gauge. Thanks Jan!

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Date: 12/2/13 7:40 PM

What kind of machine do you have? You might have metric seam allowance markings on the throat plate. (I have a Viking and tend to use the 10mm marking more than the 5/8" just because it's at the front & easier to see.)

And like another poster mentioned, check the backs of your tape measures and rulers.

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Date: 12/2/13 8:01 PM

It's a Bernina. Now that I'm looking at it again, there are millimeter markings behind the foot. And, the 10mm mark is not enough off of the 3/8 mark to spit at.

Thanks! I wouldn't have ever thought to check that.

And I did find a good 6" ruler that's metric on one side. I'll get a longer one in a few days, but this one is long enough for seam allowances and hems!


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Date: 12/3/13 0:30 AM

I live in Australia, was educated in imperial measurement, then was finishing high school when metric came in. I went on to teach at primary school and so had to use metric all the time. In all aspects of my life (except for cooking!! Must be metric...) I alternate easily between imperial and metric. I keep rulers in my sewing room that have both systems just for that reason. Switching between the 2 systems becomes second nature.
What I do find very interesting, though, is my 30-something children who often use 'feet' and 'inches' in conversation when they were totally educated in metric.

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