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Become A Budding Handyman By Getting The Right Tools

Currently, more and more people are starting to do-it-yourself. It is already a passion for some, but for others, it is rather to save money. It will save you money, but it will also give you something to do. Indeed, you are not always going to call a professional for a floor that comes loose, a broken light switch, or replace the bathroom mirror.

It may also make you want to do some minor work to give your bathroom or garden a makeover. Moreover, don’t forget that when you do an activity, whatever it is, it allows you to change your mind and to de-stress. So, get the right tools and try your hand at DIY. You’ll see how much good it will do you.

What tools should you buy to start DIY?

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DIY is not just about fixing broken things in your home. You can also get into it to make garden furniture or toys for your kids. Moreover, you don’t need to spend money to get the materials. You just have to use old objects, boxes, bottles, etc. This way, you will reduce your ecological footprint and throw away less waste and garbage.

But for this, you need to have some DIY tools. They require a small budget but will be very useful for many years. Moreover, if you opt for good-quality tools like those you can find at a professional, they will not break easily. Anyway, you will need:

    • A tape measure will be essential whatever the work you are going to do. Choose one with a length of 3 or 5 meters.
    • A cutter that is very practical for sewing, gardening, etc. There are different models: electric, rotary, classic or circular.
    • A spirit level is a measuring instrument very much used in masonry work. However, you can use it when you install shelves.
    • A hammer, which also comes in different models. However, opt for the nail puller since you will only need it for DIY work.
    • A saw that you could use to cut wood or metal.
    • Wrenches: open-end wrench, pipe wrench, Allen wrench, etc. There is a whole range of them.
    • A screwdriver.
    • To avoid dragging your tools around and losing them, it is best to store them in a box, preferably metal. Large boxes with several compartments are very practical for storing your tools.

The electric screwdriver

It is invaluable if you need to screw repeatedly and tediously, for example, when assembling a piece of kit furniture. An electric screwdriver is equipped with a speed sensor to adapt the force of the screw to the task at hand, and with interchangeable heads, it is cordless for easy handling. It’s best to choose one with a dual battery, so you don’t have to wait for a recharge if you’re doing a long job. You will also find more basic models called “cordless screwdrivers”, less powerful and very practical.

Is there any training to become a handyman?

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Not everyone is born with a talent for DIY. If you get used to doing small repairs and odds and ends at home, you can become a good handyman over time. In addition, there are currently DIY courses that allow you to become a real pro at handiwork. However, just because you’re too clumsy doesn’t mean you can’t do DIY.

The training includes basic techniques for carpentry work, mechanics, etc. But you can also learn for free on the internet or by watching artisans’ work. The latter requires a lot of patience and perseverance, but all your efforts will be rewarded. Some DIY stores also offer free DIY classes when they launch new products. They will teach you how to handle them and for which jobs.

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How to Use a Sander

How to Use a Sander

How to Use a Sander

 

Contents

– Some helpful information about sanders

– The vibrating sander

– The circular or disc sander

– The belt sander

– The angle sander

– The mini sander

– The giraffe sander

– Choosing a sander according to the material to be sanded

Nowadays, sanders are much lighter than they were a decade ago. Using a sander is, therefore, relatively simple.

Whether they are belt, vibrating, eccentric (circular, disc), or triangular (angle or corner), sanders are pretty affordable (starting at $20) and are also available for rent. Suctioned or not, these sanders can be used by any DIY enthusiast.

Some helpful information about sanders

All sanders can be purchased or rented from rental stores or home improvement stores.

Most sanders are equipped with self-gripping plates on which a velcro system glues the sanding paper. Concerning the belt sander, the sanding paper will be fixed after opening the plate and inserted inside it.

Please refer to the instruction manual for each sander when you buy or rent it. These may vary from one sander to another, depending on the manufacturer.

Finally, when handling a sander, whatever its type, it is important to connect the plug of the sander to an extension cord to work with ease while moving around the part to be sanded (door, furniture, shutter…).

The vibrating sander

The vibrating sander is used on soft materials such as plasterboard or softwood. It will be perfect for finishing on solid parts (like a door, for example).

For this type of sander, it is easier to use fine-grain sandpaper.

With a low output, the plate of vibrating sanders does not “roll” or “rotate”, making it possible to remain on the same part of the wood without digging it.

The circular or disc sander

How to Use a Sander

The circular sander is mainly used for rough and finished sanding on large surfaces (such as a wall). It can also be used for sanding paint, metal, or hardwood.

Relatively robust, this sander must be held firmly. Sanding is done with regular, circular motions so that the circular sander does not dig into soft materials such as wood or plaster.

The belt sander

The belt sander can be used on all types of materials. Handle it with smooth, even strokes, regardless of the sanded material. Please do not leave the belt sander in one place, but keep it moving. This will prevent damage to the surface from being sanded.

The belt on this sander rolls to provide rough and finish sanding on solid surfaces.

The angle sander

This is the ideal sander for finishing. It has a triangular plate (hence its name) which allows, by its points, to reach the smallest places (such as blinds and moldings …).

The angle sander is used for all types of materials.

It is easy to handle from left to right or from top to bottom, thanks to its small size.

The mini sander

The mini sander is often forgotten. However, the mini sander allows the sanding of small inaccessible areas, even with a triangular sander (such as complicated moldings).

The mini sander can be used for all types of materials.

This type of sander is equipped with a rod system with an abrasive paper tip that sands the smallest surfaces by rotation.

The giraffe sander

The giraffe sander is used for sanding large surfaces such as parquet or ceiling. It is equipped with a telescopic arm and allows easy sanding in areas where the position could be uncomfortable.

This sander is placed on a cart that facilitates its movement in most cases.

Connected to a vacuum system, it allows removing a maximum of dust during sanding.

Choosing the sander according to the material to be sanded

To sand, a floor with a large surface area, use a large sander, which you can rent.

When sanding concrete, use an electric concrete sander.

If you want to sand wood (whether it’s furniture, stairs, beams, tables, doors, or any other piece of wood), use a belt, disc, or angle sanders.

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The ABCs of Sewing on a Machine

The ABCs of Sewing on a Machine

The ABCs of Sewing on a Machine

Contents

    – Sewing on a machine: the ABCs

    – Machine sewing: the good habits of the seamstress

    – How to sew straight on a machine: some tips

    – Machine sewing: read the instructions

Sewing on a machine: how to use your sewing machine?

You have a sewing machine, but you haven’t used it, or not much.

Here are a few tips to keep sewing from becoming an ordeal.

Sewing on a machine: the ABCs

The equipment and the working position are two essential elements of a good job.

Adopt the correct position for machine sewing

Those who have spent several hours behind their sewing machine can testify to this: a good position is essential if you want to preserve your eyes and your back!

It would help if you, therefore, adopt the proper position from the start:

    – sit at the right height: special chairs are available, but you can also raise your seat with a cushion,

    – Place yourself in front of the needle: if you sit more to the left or the right of it, you could very quickly get a stiff neck,

    – place the rheostat under your foot: the heel should not come off the ground. Only the tip of the foot should be in contact with the pedal.

Basic sewing accessories

Owning a sewing machine is not enough: you will need to acquire some basic accessories essential for your needlework:

    – a measuring tape,

    – a speed cutter,

    – a thimble,

    – needles,

    – an iron,

    – a pair of scissors, left or right-handed,

    – pins,

    – chalk or self-erasing markers.

Sewing machine: the good reflexes of the seamstress

Certain gestures should become automatic and will help avoid specific difficulties:

    – hold the fabric with both hands, the left hand near the presser foot to hold the fabric in place and the right hand to guide it

    – do not pull on the fabric in any way: it moves forward on its own, dragged by the claws:

        ◦ if the fabric is heavy or thick, however, you can help it move forward by pushing it rather than pulling it,

        ◦ if the fabric is, on the contrary, too thin, hold it back so that it does not “run” too fast and lead to sloppy stitches.

Knowing how to sew straight on the machine: some tips

The ABCs of Sewing on a Machine

Straight sewing is the basis of all sewing work.

Don’t hesitate to practice on scraps before you start:

    – don’t try to go too fast: speed is rarely synonymous with precision!

    – Use your presser foot or a marker of some kind to sew straight; the presser foot should follow the edge of the fabric for a few millimeters and not shift,

    – The use of a work table or sewing machine stand can be helpful: it will give you stability and flexibility in your work.

Consider marking your work with chalk:

    – fabric chalk or tailor chalk is sold at all haberdashers and specialty stores,

    – You can also use classic blackboard chalk.

Sewing on a machine: read the instructions

Each machine has different settings and options.

Refer regularly to the instruction manual that came with your machine.

If you have purchased a used sewing machine and do not have the manual, type in your Internet search engine the references that refer to it: there is often a copy of the user’s manuals, sometimes in PDF format.

Stay posted! Our subsequent publication will be on how to use your sewing machine properly. In the meantime, don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below.

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How to Make Your Makeup Remover

How to Make Your Makeup Remover

Contents

– Recipe 1: make an express makeup remover with aloe vera gel

– Recipe 2: make a two-phase makeup remover with cucumber

– Recipe 3: make a two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

Makeup removal is an essential step in your daily beauty ritual. It removes makeup, which is concentrated in chemical products that irritate the skin, and traces of pollution, sebum, and other impurities accumulated throughout the day.

Here are some simple recipes to make your makeup remover.

Recipe 1: make an express makeup remover with aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is a natural elixir for internal and external use in the body. Ultra-moisturizing and regenerating, it has a tightening effect on the skin, making it a natural ingredient of choice for mature skin.

Here is a recipe for an express makeup remover to prepare before use.

– Mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with the equivalent of sweet almond oil.

Using a cotton ball, apply gentle upward motions to the eyes.

– Apply the rest of the mixture to the face and neck.

– Use circular motions with fingertips to emulsify.

– Rinse with clean water to remove any remaining makeup remover.

Good to know: aloe vera gel can be stored in the refrigerator. It will bring a touch of freshness to your makeup remover.

Recipe 2: make a two-phase makeup remover with cucumber

Cucumber is very popular in beauty care, Tolerated by all skin types, especially for its refreshing side.

The less well-known cucumber seed oil has the same properties and can easily be incorporated into homemade cosmetic recipes.

Gather the necessary ingredients to make your cucumber makeup remover:

– 25 ml of cucumber seed vegetable oil;

– 25 ml of hydrosol of your choice:

◦ lemon bedew hydrosol: purifies oily skin,

◦ cornflower hydrosol: soothes tired eyes and tones the skin,

◦ lime hydrosol: soothes sensitive skin.

– 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract: natural preservative for cosmetics that contain an aqueous phase.

Recipe for cucumber makeup remover

– Sterilize a bowl and a bottle by immersing them for 5 minutes in boiling water.

– Mix the cucumber seed oil, hydrosol, and grapefruit seed extract.

– Pour into the bottle.

– Label the bottle with the ingredients and the date of manufacture.

Use your cucumber bi-phase makeup remover

– Gently shake the bottle to mix the 2 phases of the makeup remover.

– Soak a cotton pad with the makeup remover.

– Rinse with clear water.

– Pass the cotton on the face and the eyes.

Thanks to the grapefruit seed extract, you can keep this homemade makeup remover for 1 month at room temperature.

Recipe 3: Make a two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

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Castor oil has many virtues for the skin and eyes:

– It is purifying.

– It is known to look after irritated eyes.

– It helps to strengthen the lashes.

Gather the necessary ingredients to make your makeup remover

– 10 ml of castor oil;

– 15 ml of camellia vegetable oil, used for centuries by Japanese women in facial care;

– 25 ml of cornflower hydrolate, which soothes sensitive eyes;

– 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to keep your makeup remover fresh for up to a month.

Prepare your two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

– Sterilize your bowl and bottle for 5 minutes in boiling water.

– Mix the ingredients.

– Pour the mixture into your bottle.

– Stick a label on the bottle indicating the ingredients and the date of manufacture.

Materials needed to make your makeup remover

Bowl

Cotton

Grapefruit seed extract

Spray bottle

Vegetable oil

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How to Knit on the Right Side

How to Knit on the Right Side

How to Knit on the Right Side

Summary

    – Step 1: Knit one stitch right side up

    – Step 2: Knit the next stitches

    – Avoid the most common mistakes

Knitting right side up is the most basic technique to advance your knitting. There are different ways to knit a stitch, right side up or upside down. It is called moss stitch when all rows are knitted in purl stitch. The knitting is called stockinette, alternating with every other row in purl stitch. Here is a clear explanation of how to knit the right side up.

1. Knit a purl stitch

After setting up the stitches, take the needle with the set-up stitches in your left hand. Place your ball on the right and take your second needle in your right hand.

    1. Stitch your right needle into the first stitch of your row, passing under the left needle, well between the two strands of the stitch.

    2. Take the yarn that goes to the ball and goes around the right needle, going from bottom to top and ending on the right side of the needle.

    3. Hold the yarn with the fingers of your right hand to create a slight tension.

    4. Pass the tip of the right needle through the stitch, keeping the thread taut on it.

    5. Remove the left needle by sliding it out of the stitch.

2. Knit the following stitches

How to Knit on the Right Side

    – Knit the remaining stitches in the same way.

    – When you reach the end of your row, all your stitches are on the right needle.

    – Change hands and start knitting again in a purl stitch to get a mossy stitch.

Note: to achieve a regular result, try to keep an even tension on your yarn.

Avoid the most common mistakes

How to Knit on the Right Side

Mistakes happen regularly during the first attempts. It is essential to understand and correct them. To find your way around, don’t hesitate to count your stitches periodically and compare them with the number of stitches you started with.

The size of the yarn

Be careful to use a thick enough yarn at the beginning. This will allow you to understand the pattern of the stitches better. Choose a thread suitable for 5-6 needles, a minimum comfort size for beginners. You can find this information on the ball’s label, more commonly known as the ring.

The position of the ball of yarn

Pay attention to the position of your yarn on the ball. If your string is in front of your work, you risk creating excess stitches, called overcasting, where the cord passes over the needle without being knitted. You have to go around your right needle after stitching in your left needle, so the yarn has to be on your right. The best position is always to keep the ball on your right. The yarn gets behind your knitting when you knit a purl stitch.

The thread has split

When you insert your needle into your stitch, ensure that you have picked up the whole stitch. The yarn may split slightly and you may be poking your needle into the yarn. This can cause extra stitches. In this case, remove the needle from the yarn and re-pick the inside of the stitch.

Catching a stitch

    – If you lose a stitch and realize it right away, slip it onto the left needle and knit it usually.

    – If you realize it at the end of your row:

        ◦ Secure it with a safety pin and knit until you get to the same spot.

        ◦ Slip it onto your left needle and knit it normally.

    – If you notice several rows later :

        ◦ Lay your knitting flat and remove your needles from the knitting.

        ◦ Unravel the few rows by gently pulling on your yarn.

        ◦ Once you get to the row where the stitch is located, unravel to the edge of the knit.

        ◦ Make sure the yarn going to the ball is on the right side of your work, and slip a needle from left to right through all the stitches.

        ◦ If the yarn is on the left, turn your knitting so that it is on the right.

Make sure the knitting is even

Keep an even tension on your yarn when making your stitches to achieve a consistent result. If, despite all this attention, the result seems irregular, even out the tension by pulling on your knitting in the width and length.

Sometimes a single stitch appears looser than the others. In this case, take a needle and pull on the yarn at each stitch of the same row to even out the whole. The goal is to reduce the visual effect by distributing the excess in the row.

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3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

 

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

 

Contents

Step 1: Knitting large widths

Step 2: Knitting in circular

Step 3: Frequently asked questions about circular knitting

Circular needles are very easy to use, take up less space than straight needles, and have many uses. They can be used like flat knitting needles with the “back and forth” technique to make large widths of knitting. You can also use them to make seamless knitted tubes for sleeves, garment bodies, or snoods.

Circular needles consist of two knitting needle tips, usually about ten centimeters long, linked by a flexible metal or plastic cable. The cable can be fixed or removable, depending on the brand. There are also kits with several needle sizes and removable cables of different lengths, which are easily transportable.

Here are some simple techniques for knitting with circular needles.

1. Knitting large widths

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

Circular needles have variable cable lengths, which can be up to 1 meter, which allows you to knit large widths of knitting, such as plaids, for example, with the technique known as back and forth.

After setting up the stitches, take your needle with the set stitches in your left hand and the other in your right hand. The cable that connects the two needles will be in front of you. Place the ball of yarn on your right hand as if you were knitting in a purl.

Knit your row normally, and the stitches will slide on the cable as you go. 

At the end of your row, switch needles. The needle where the stitches are now in your left hand and the other in your right hand.

Continue knitting as normal, exchanging needles at the end of each row.

2. Circular knitting

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

Circular needles allow you to knit seamless tubes. To do this:

Match the size of your cable to the width of what you want to knit.

Set up the number of stitches on your left needle.

Once you have the number of stitches you want, take the needle that holds the yarn that goes to the ball in your right hand.

Slip a row counter on this needle or a strand of wool of a different color; this will allow you to find your rows more quickly.

Be careful to have all your stitches in the same position, that is to say, the base of the stitches down and the loop of your stitches up. This will ensure that the circle is well defined; otherwise, you will have a twisted tube.

Distribute your stitches evenly and insert your right needle into the first stitch of your left needle and make a straight stitch. Please refer to the knitting in a Straight Stitch sheet for help.

When you reach your row marker, you have completed a full row. Drag your row marker and continue knitting in the same direction.

Tip: Knit as many rows as you like and close your stitches as you would on straight needles.

3. Frequently asked questions about circular knitting

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

Why should I knit in a purl stitch to get a circular stockinette (a knitting stitch consisting of alternate rows of knit (plain) and purl stitch; stocking stitch)?

On a circular knit, you get a stockinette when you knit in the right side stitch all along with your work. This is because you are always knitting the same side of your work.

You have the right side of the knitting on the outside of your tube and the wrong side on the inside.

When you knit with straight needles, you alternate the right side and the wrong side, forcing you to alternate the rows of right and wrong side stitches to obtain stockinette.

3.1 How do I make a circular moss stitch?

If you want to make a circular moss stitch, you will have to alternate a row of a right side stitch and a row of purl stitch. Use your row counter or a strand of wool in a contrasting color to find your way through the rows.

However, unlike stockinette, which gives the impression of a single tube, the circular knitted moss stitch will mark a boundary when changing rows.

3.2 Where should the ball yarn be when I knit in a circular pattern?

After taking a break in your knitting, make sure you have the yarn on your right-hand needle to the ball. Otherwise, you may knit in a circular pattern on your work.

If this is the case, take the stitches out of your needles and gently pull the yarn to unravel the half-turn you just made. Then slip your stitches back onto your needles, careful to have your ball yarn on the right needle.

3.3 How do I knit if my needle cable is longer than my work?

If the cable of your circular needles is longer than your work, slip the extra length between two stitches located in the middle of the work. This will allow you to work without pulling on your stitches and to split your work in two to knit it in two steps.

If the cable is smaller than the width of your work, the stitches will spread evenly along the length of your circular needles without disturbing your knitting.

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Best Tips on How to Knit Purl

Best Tips on How to Knit Purl

Summary

Step 1: Knit a purl stitch

Step 2: Knit the next stitches purl

Tips for beginners on how to knit purl

To learn how to knit, you need to start with the basics. After knitting the stitches, learn how to knit the purl stitch, which is used to obtain a mossy stitch when the work is knitted right side up in each row on straight needles.

Then, we learn the purl stitch, which allows realizing the purl stitch when the work rows are knitted by alternating a row on the right side and a row on the left side. Purl stitch is achieved by knitting alternately a purl row and a purl row. Knowing these two stitches is necessary and will allow you to do many other more elaborate stitches, such as ribbing.

Here are the steps to follow to learn how to knit purl.

1. Knit a purl stitch

Knit the desired number of stitches, making sure not to overcrowd your stitches. It will be more challenging to knit purl if the work is too tight.

Hold your needle with your cast-on stitches in your left hand, holding the stitches with your fingers to avoid losing them. Hold the other needle in your right hand.

Then:

Stitch your right needle into the first stitch, from right to left. The right needle will be between the two strands and in front of the left needle. The yarn connected to the ball is in front of the work.

Take the yarn connected to the ball and wrap it around the right needle, passing it over and under the right needle. While holding the thread between your thumb and forefinger, tightly pull the thread back along the right needle.

Pass your right needle through the loop of the left needle stitch and bring the right needle under the left needle.

Drop the stitch from the left needle by pulling the needle back. This will create a purl stitch on the right needle.

2. Knit the following purl stitches

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Knit the next stitches, in the same way, repeating steps 1 to 4. Note that the yarn connected to the ball should always be in front of the work.

You will complete the first row once all the stitches on the left needle are knitted.

Turn the work over and pick up the needle from the knitted row in the left hand to knit the next row.

Note: Always finish your row before putting your work aside; this will prevent your stitches from expanding and making your knitting uneven.

Tips for beginners on how to knit purl

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There are a few things to keep in mind to get correct results faster when starting to knit. It is also advisable to practice several times to reach satisfactory work.

Use the suitable material to start knitting.

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When practicing purl knitting, use at least 4.5 or 5 mm needles, as you will have a better grip, and the knitted stitches will be more visible. Choose a yarn size that matches the size of your needles or is slightly thicker.

Prevent the right needle from falling off

To prevent the right needle from falling off while knitting your stitches, you can lock the right needle under your arm and hold it against you, so there is no risk of the needle falling off and less chance of losing your stitches.

Catch a lost stitch

If you lose a stitch, the stitch may unravel. You can catch it with an auxiliary needle or hook, preferably using a size smaller than your needle size. You will need to place the hook in the stitch loop and bring the horizontal thread corresponding to the lost stitch in the same direction as the other stitches in the row.

Keep your knitting even

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To achieve even work, practice knitting several rows the same way and keeping the same tension on the yarn connected to the ball when you knit your stitch purl. Hold the yarn connected to the ball over your right index finger and slide it under your ring finger for more consistency. The work will keep the same tension throughout the knitting.

Finding your way around your knitting

To knit a piece of work in stockinette, stitch right side up or the wrong side down, count your rows by writing them on a sheet of paper with a bar or a cross, or slip a row counter on the right needle. The row counter will need to be reinserted once the needle is changed. You will also need to count your stitches regularly at the end of a row to ensure that none are missing from your work. This way, you will not lose track of your work and know exactly where you are.

Knitted Fabric

How to Bring In the Threads of a Knitted Fabric

How to Bring In the Threads of a Knitted Fabric

Contents

    – Case 1: tucking in the threads on foam stitch or jersey

    – Case 2: tucking in the threads on a ribbed stitch

Tucking in the threads of a knitted fabric is a finishing touch after folding down the stitches when the work is finished. The yarns that protrude correspond:

    – the yarn of the stitch set-up row;

    – the yarns used to change the balls;

    – the yarn used to turn the stitches down.

This is an essential step because tucking in the yarns of a knitted fabric hides unsightly threads and consolidates the work so that the stitches do not become unraveled at the place where the yarns are located.

There are several methods to tuck in the threads of a knitted fabric. It depends mainly on the type of stitch used to knit your work or the yarn used. Here is how to tuck in the threads of a knitted fabric.

Case 1: tucking in yarns on foam stitch or stockinette

Knitted Fabric

Before bringing in the threads of knitted fabric, it is important to use the right material. To bring in the threads, use a wool needle.

    – This is a needle with a large eye to facilitate the passage of thicker or thinner wools.

    – These needles are also used to sew knitted work. You can buy them in sets of $3 for about $3.

    – The wool needles can be made of plastic or aluminum.

The thread hidden in the knitting must be at least 20 cm long. The yarns are tucked in horizontally, about ten stitches, and on the wrong side of the knitting so that the work is invisible on the right side of the knitting.

Place your work on the wrong side of the knitting, make sure not to tighten your work so as not to distort your work. Then:

    1. Pass the wool yarn to be pulled in through the eye of the wool needle.

    2. Stitch the wool needle into a stitch at the high loop that forms the stitch.

    3. Stitch in a stitch again but in the top row at the bottom loop of the stitch.

    4. Stitch your needle into the next stitch on the same row. At this point, the tucked-in yarn takes the shape of the knit stitch.

    5. Finally, pass the yarn through the same starting stitch.

    6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 for about ten stitches, loosely.

    7. Cut the remaining yarn a few millimeters flush with the work.

Note: you may want to stretch your knitting slightly to give it its original shape, as pulling in the yarns may distort the knitting a bit.

Note: the work is tighter on the stockinette stitch, be sure to tuck the threads in gently so as not to stretch the stitches.

Case 2: Bringing in the threads on a ribbed stitch

Slide the protruding thread into the vertical stitches to pull in the threads of a ribbed stitch. The threads are tucked in the direction of the knitting, which allows the threads to be well hidden. It is also possible to tuck the yarns into the selvage stitch on the edge of the knit with the same technique.

    1. Thread the yarn through the eye of the wool needle.

    2. Stitch the needle under the left side of a purl stitch close to the yarn to be tucked in, from the bottom to the top.

    3. Stitch the needle back into the top stitch from the bottom up.

    4. Tuck the yarn in about ten stitches by passing the needle through several stitches simultaneously, then pull the yarn in loosely.

    5. Stitch the needle under the right side strand and turn your work the other way.

    6. Pass the needle through the top strand of the stitch again, from the bottom to the top. Check if this strand is opposite the strand where you have already passed the thread.

    7. Loosely pull the yarn in about ten stitches.

    8. Cut off any excess yarn if necessary.

Tip: if the stitches are deformed after pulling in the threads, feel free to stretch the work slightly with your fingers, and it will return to its original shape.

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6 Affordable Tools Every Craft Person Should Own

Tools are an important thing that every craft person ought to have. There are times when we need to display our practical skills in order to repair or design something at home. We are often tempted to do the DIY work ourselves before finally calling in the professionals if we run into trouble. Do-it-yourself is indeed quite a practical alternative, as it saves the cost of intervention. It also helps to perfect skills, and thus limit the dependence on external interventions.

Becoming a budding handyman

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Do-it-yourself jobs often look simple at first glance, but it’s good to know that they require a certain amount of practical knowledge. Indeed, the work can range from simple decorating, to large-scale and even dangerous interventions; such as repairing the electrical system.

In addition to having the necessary skills, having the right tools is of great importance. The tools make it easy to perform specific jobs. To avoid the unexpected, it is advisable to have at least one set of DIY tools at home.

Equip yourself well: the basics

Having DIY tools at home allows you to be one step ahead of the little problems of everyday life. It’s not easy to have a whole arsenal of tools at home; nevertheless, it’s better to get some. For this, we will make a small list including the tools that deserve to be present in a given household.

1. The screwdriver

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This is an essential tool to have at home. Even though we tend to forget about it, its absence is very important in case of problems requiring its use. There are two types of screwdrivers, the flathead, and the crosshead. You can get them in any size; there are even boxes containing several models with interchangeable heads.

2. The hammer

This is undoubtedly the tool that generally comes to mind when we talk about DIY. Indeed, the hammer is the tool of the handyman par excellence. It can be used for a variety of purposes: to drive or extract nails, flatten materials, or to adjust structures by percussion. A wide range of models and sizes is available, and each model corresponds to a specific use.

3. Pliers

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Pliers are a tool for gripping an object or a surface. It is also one of the favorite tools of the handyman. Its use varies according to the type and there is also a wide variety. Flat nose pliers and cutting pliers are the two most commonly used types. It is therefore advisable to include them in your toolbox.

4. Tape measure

This is a tool that allows you to take measurements. The use of a tape measure allows you to do precise work.

5. Saw

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The saw allows you to cut efficiently. Its importance is paramount since it would be inconceivable to cut wood or plastic with a kitchen knife. Other models such as the hacksaw can be used to cut metal or other hard materials.

6. Drill

The drill is used to make holes in a surface. Manual or electric, its maneuverability facilitates operations and accentuates precision. These are just a few examples, as there are countless other tools that can make DIY work easier, such as sanders, staplers, etc.

Being a handyman: a practical advantage

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Being able to do DIY work yourself is a great opportunity. It limits the need for professional handymen, which avoids having to spend money for a job you can do yourself. By practicing more often, you end up with a solid foundation and become an expert in the field. And having the right tools can make this happen. Indeed, even an inexperienced person can achieve complex operations with the right tools.

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How to Use a Router

How to Use a Router

Contents

– Focus on safety rules

– Step 1: Start the router

– Step 2: Rip and steer a router

– Step 3: Stop the router

A router is a power tool that offers many possibilities for woodworking.

It combines the advantages of precision and speed for making joints, such as grooves, moldings, mortises, and tenons…

Once you have learned the basics, using a router will seem no more complicated than using any other power tool, and it will quickly become indispensable in your workshop.

But before you get down to the nitty-gritty, it is essential to know the basics of how to use and handle your router for safe and efficient work.

Here are our tips on how to use a router.

Focus on safety rules

The router is a safer tool than other tools because the hands are away from the router.

Nevertheless, it is essential to wear personal protection such as:

– a dust mask;

– a pair of safety glasses.

It is also important to wait until the machine has come to a complete stop before disconnecting it for any work, such as changing the cutter or making adjustments.

Caution: keep children and pets away from the working area.

1. Switch on the router

– Check that the router is up, and then position the router as you work:

◦ full panel: when you are making a groove along the entire length or width of the workpiece;

◦ or in non-through work: when you make a notch for a hinge, it is limited and does not come out at the end of the wood panel.

– Put the router in position:

◦ Position the ripper sole on the edge of the panel at the point where the routing starts for complete panel work.

◦ Position the router at the desired location for non-throughput work.

– Switch on the machine and wait for it to run entirely before lowering the router.

– Secure the position, and start routing.

2. Roughing and steering a router

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Smoothly, push the router in gradually, keeping your wrists loose and the machine firmly in place.

It is challenging to keep the tool in line, and it is advisable to use guides unless you are using rolling cutters. These guides allow you to stay in line, and this is because the machine tends to deviate from its course during milling.

Different guides and templates depending on the machining task, some of which are supplied with the machine, but you can also use your design guides.

In the latter case, the placement of the router and the fence is critical.

3. Stop the router

At the end of the pass, switch off the motor and let the sole rise for the whole panel work.

If you are not working on a panel, let the base plate rise at the end of the pass and then switch off the motor.

Caution: in all cases, wait until the motor has stopped completely before moving the router or making any adjustments.

Equipment needed to use a router.

Router $100 to buy or $35 per day to rent
Protective mask $1 approx.
Safety glasses $6 approx.

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