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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely designs, but beware if you are a metric kid!, 8 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: 101 Great Ways to Sew A Metre: Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Metre of Fabric! (Hardcover)
101 Great Ways to Sew a Metre contains some beautiful, modern designs. I am a beginner to sewing, but did find the instructions and illustrations clear. The book also includes a wallet of patterns. The book is very well-designed. It is spiral-bound so it lays flat which is very handy when you have your hands full of pins and fabric. There are plenty of patterns in the book. The patterns include clothes, household bits and bobs and stuff for kids. My one big disappointment with the book is that it uses imperial measurements. I had heard about the American version of this book and was delighted when I saw that they were re-publishing it for a non-US audience. The title has been changed from 'yard' to 'metre' and I assumed the patterns would also be converted to metric. Unfortunately it is only the title that has been changed. Whilst I can still work out the measurements, I don't think in yards and inches so I was a bit disappointed.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2011 06:40:03 BDT
chris says:
Yes that was a really good point to bring up. I would write to the author/printers and complain. I am also a metric kid (60 years old) so it would be a disappointment to have to get the tape measure out instead of doing things by eye. Thank you

Posted on 21 Aug 2011 11:49:27 BDT
Hel S says:
I saw this book and thought yippee, as I find it almost impossible to sew in imperial and it takes a lot of the enjoyment out of making things to have to convert all the time. That the title says metre and the contents are not metric is ridiculous!!!!!!

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 22:46:27 GMT
Schnack says:
It's. Just. Numbers. Seriously, it's one side of a measuring tape vs. the other.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2013 07:50:40 BDT
Really not the point. It's about knowingly swindling your customers with a deliberately misleading title. If you're comfortable working in both measurement systems then good for you. But for those of us who like to work intuitively, it can be important for instructions to use the measurement system we're comfortable with and used to since childhood, with units we can easily visualise. It would've been the work of a couple of hours for the author and/or publisher to simply convert the measurements in the book before putting it out for sale. Instead, they arrogantly expect the readers to do mental mathematical gymnastics when everything in their country is measured and sold in different units to the ones used in the book, turning relaxing craft projects into endless maths equations and measuring up. It's perfectly reasonable to be annoyed at this when, for the sake of a bit of effort on the publisher's part, you could be zooming through the projects intuitively. Especially when the title has been altered conspicuously and misleadingly.
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