Feb 14, 2011


Measure once, cut twice. Er, wait, what?

So that whole measure twice, cut once thing never works for me. It's more like, measure 386 times, cut once, swear a LOT. Long story short, I made curtains for my office today. And by long, I mean LONG, not in length, but in hours. My problem (one of many) is, when working with patterned fabric I get all caught up in making sure (strike that: attempting to make sure) that everything is all folded and ironed and stitched in exactly the same place, because otherwise, you know, I might go to symmetry hell. You'd think from all the swearing that comes from my room that I don't enjoy this, but actually I find it fun and relaxing. In a swearing, wtf, sort of way.

Next up, I bookmarked this weeks ago thinking ooh, I'll save this for Valentine's Day, and then I totally forgot until about 3 seconds ago. So here you go, Happy Mathy Valentine's Day. Need help?
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Feb 14, 2011
Two words: Solid. Colors.


I do totally understand the NEED to make things line up perfectly though. Thankfully, being a machinist making aircraft pieces I get to do that as my day job and get paid for it.

Also related, real world physics never line up perfectly with what your model says the results should be. My model says that this tool should cut this part to a 0.1237" thickness, but my result ends up being 0.1239 - 0.1241" because work material and tool material flex. Your model says that this stitch should line up these two patterns perfectly, but then the whole Real-World? application of thread results in "GODDAMMIT! THIS SHIT IS A QUARTER INCH TO THE FUCKING LEFT! FUCK!".
Feb 14, 2011
Oh real world physics, why you gotta be like that?

It could be worse. I could measure in significant figures.


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