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Kandipop77
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2005 11:19:44 PM »

metric sucks
It's not hard to learn the - imperial system- is that what you call it?
hmm, i didn't know that was what it was called
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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2005 12:45:59 AM »

Metric is what I am used to.  Though I can use either easily for cooking as I grew up using Mum's books with ounces etc.  But For sewing I much prefer metric.  I loathe magazines and patterns that have inches - it takes me twice as long as I get paranoid about checking measurements.

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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2005 01:34:59 AM »

I'm used to doing my body measurements in imperial (bra sizes, for example, use chest measurements done in imperial) so I use that for sewing. I think people just use what they're used to... you can convert from one to the other, but I can never use metric automatically, without thinking, like I do imperial.
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2005 01:37:40 AM »

I use imperial to weigh myself too.

...In fact, I don't think I ever use metric... and I'm supposed to be of the young generation who are all doing New-Fangled Things and Metric Things and Things Older People (i.e. over 20 Tongue) Can't Possibly Comprehend and shit. Grin
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Kandipop77
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2005 01:39:54 PM »

over 20? just what is that supposed to mean?
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« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2005 01:28:16 PM »

Just joking; you know what people my age are supposed to be like.... they think that only they are the young generation and that everyone above like 18 or 20 is branded "old" because they're not in, say, third year of school. Tongue
For some reason I've never really been like that... but then I'm a g33x0r who sits at home over her CRPGs and (imperial) sewing. Grin
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kaffrin
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2005 01:51:00 PM »

Us Brits like (confusingly) to use both imperial and metric.

I buy fabric by the metre, and always use 1.5cm for seam allowances. but i couldn't tell you my measurements in centimetres. nor could i tell you how tall i am in metres or how much i weigh in kilograms. or any distances or speed in km. bed sizes are always in cm (in the last few years, at least) and we weigh our babies in pounds and ounces.

then again, i'm 'old', so i guess i'm stuck in my ways too :p

having both is usually the best bet.
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Kandipop77
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2005 05:17:38 PM »

wow I can't imagine walking into my local craft store and asking for 3 metres of material, ha ha they probably think I was off my rocker! I say rocker because I am 22 and apparently old!
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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2005 05:31:15 PM »

As an old person Tongue I use mostly the metric system except for my height, weight and measurement. When I go to the fabric store everything is in metric, it would be very weird to ask for a yard of fabric (and there is more in a meter then a yard so I guess i'm getting more for my money Tongue)
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2005 10:28:38 AM »

bed sizes are always in cm (in the last few years, at least)


my bed that i got the other day was 5 foot!?! ah well !
all the fabric ladies look at me wierdly when my mum has helped me work out how much i need (oldie) and i go ahead and ask for "4 yards of 60'' wide fabric" :S or stuff like that... ah well!
i think metric is better because it moves along with money and is more easilly calculated. As the pennys pounds and shillings etc drowned out i think that inches and stuff should to.... although its hard to change people i gues...
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