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« on: February 02, 2007 03:13:34 PM »

Can someone point me to somewhere where it tells me how many centimeters in a yard? Huh
I'm looking at a pattern that I'd like to make and its all in yards and inchs lol, which means nothing to me as we are all metric in NZ.

Any help really appreciated.
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2007 03:53:22 PM »

Try this site


hope it will solve your problems
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2007 04:11:02 PM »

you can also use google to figure conversions.  Type in "centimeters in a yard" in the search box and it will tell you there are 91.44.  It works for all sorts of measurements and even money conversions.

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007 08:29:17 PM »

I'm Canadian and often have the same problem -- with the added advantage that we only switched to metric in my generation, so I don't think clearly in metric or the american system.

But anyway, basically, one inch is 2.5 cm.
One foot is 12 in or 30 cm.
One yard is 3 ft or 90 cm.

Hope that helps.
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2007 09:25:05 AM »

I'm European, so normally I use metric system. But it's different in quilting, inches are easier to use. 1/4 inch seam allowance is easier to measure than 6,5mm.

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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2007 01:36:25 PM »

Heck, I'm in the US and I try to use metric for most of my stuff. Sewing is different, as my machine has the Imperial measurements, but that's the only place I use it.

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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2007 02:52:18 AM »

You could always cheat!

That's what i'm doing. If you don't need or mind it being exactly the same size

a yard = 91.4 cm but if you call 1 yard = 1m all the way through the pattern it'll come out proportional.

for conversions the easiest way is to type something like "yard cm conversion"

[i got this one from it, if this is easier : http://www.metric-conversions.org/length/yards-to-meters.htm]

« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2007 07:35:09 PM »

I'm in Australia, and although I use m and cm if I am working on my own pattern, I tend to just use imperial as a lot of knitting patterns (and vintage patterns) are in imperial only. My machine has imperial measurements, and tape measures are marked in both.
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2007 10:22:13 PM »

I'm in Australia, I feel your pain! Wink I've actually taught myself to work in inches when working with fabric as I find it so much easier, even though I'm a metric girl.

I buy fabric from the US in yardage and my quilting mats and rulers are all in inches, and my presser foot markings too, AND most off the quilt block patterns around the place. Now that I'm used to it I find it much easier and acually prefer it over metric (only when dealing with fabric though, everything else is cm's and m's to me!) Smiley
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