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Does anyone have a Brother?

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    meleliza @meleliza

    and if so, how do you deal with the annoying centimeter markings on the needle plate? I’m very frustrated today that I realized the seam guide attachement only works with a specific model, so I’m stuck with no seam guide! I thought I loved this new machine, but now I’m very frustrated that it only works for metric sewers.

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    homefire @homefire

    I’m sorry you’re so frustrated, you could measure it yourself and use a piece of masking tape or maybe a sharpie (this might rub off on your fabric) to mark the measurements. I have a brother and I love it. I’ve used it heavily for 5 years, don’t take care of it properly, and has never even hiccuped for me so don’t give up on it yet 🙂

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    Rebecca W @craftalittle

    When I clicked on the thread I didn’t realize you meant sewing machine and I was wondering what my 3 brothers had to do with sewing. 🙂

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    JohannaO @JohannaO

    I worked on a metric machine this summer, and I used a piece of blue painter’s tape to mark my 1/2″ line, and that worked pretty well for me. (It was a borrowed machine.) My mom used an old Morse machine and we put a piece of Scotch Tape on the plate with 1/4, 1/2 and 5/8″ marks on it because the machine didn’t have any at all.

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    Nicole @motherof5

    Me too Rebecca!

    I thought o+s was being used for a match making service!

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    Sarvi @Sarvi

    Yup, I use little bits of colored masking tape (I have a Husqvarna which also has a metric plate). There’s a non-metric plate available for mine, maybe there’s one out there for yours too? Not sure what model you have, but here are a few:

    http://www.sew4less.com/browse.php?CategoryID=46&filter_brand_id=13&filter_model_id=

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    Justine J @justmejay

    I have a very very basic Brother (as opposed to my real brother!!) – and the needle plate has both metric and imperial measurements on it – the metric ones are the most obvious, but I just wing it with my seam allowances – and have never really gone wrong.

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    meleliza @meleliza

    @craftalitte & nicole – Not having any human brothers, I guess it never occured to me! I guess I figured Brother was a famous enough brand.

    I’ve actually been using tape to mark my seam lines as well. But only because I was waiting for a seam guide to arrive. It just doesn’t seem quite right that such a fancy brand new machine should require the duct tape and chewing gum method of repair to work properly! With my old singer, I scratched some extra lines right into the face plate but the Brother has it so junked up with centimeters that I can’t.

    Thanks Sarvi, I will look for that plate.

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    CILOU @CILOU

    Like justmejay, my very basic Brother has both measurements on it (and I only realised it had imperial measuremens on it when starting to sew with O+S!

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    millie @millie

    My immediate thought was that someone looking for a new man too! That is common turn of phrase around here, if a girl meets a nice guy who, it turns out is taken, she might ask “if he has a brother?!”.

    I have a Husqvarna machine and all the markings are in imperial measurments…I on the other hand would rather work in Metric! I usually wing it too! Depending on the pattern, I get used to how much should be to the right of the presser foot and stick with that, especially on curves.

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    Rebecca W @craftalittle

    I think it is a common enough brand- but I happen to be losing my mind. For example- one of my brothers (human 🙂 ) is currently stationed in Japan and has been for almost 2 years. When I heard about the earthquake and a friend was checking to see if everyone he knew there was ok- I though- Hmmm…I don’t know anyone in Japan. Only when my mom texted me to tell me that my sister got a short email from him saying that he was fine did I realize how foolish I had been. I blame lack of sleep! 🙂

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    Sarvi @Sarvi

    I think you’re not the only one, craftalittle — my sister in law recently received a nice note wishing safety for her friends and kin who might be affected by the tsunami (she is Chinese Singaporean).

    meleliza, hang on to your metric plate if you buy another — that way you can switch between the systems and use patterns from around the world.

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