3 Steps to Drill Wood

3 Steps to Drill Wood

3 Steps to Drill Wood

Contents

– Step 1: Prepare your work area

– Step 2: Prepare to drill

– Step 3: Drill the wood

Drilling wood is relatively simple, but it does require some skill. A poorly drilled hole can make it difficult to screw two pieces together. That’s why it’s important that the drilling be done in a straight line. When drilling wood, it is crucial to choose a suitable drill bit. Choose a special wood drill that is well sharpened and will make holes without splintering. Here’s our handy sheet to help you drill wood like a pro.

1. Prepare your work area

3 Steps to Drill Wood

 

If you have several holes to drill, prepare a convenient work area. Protect the furniture and floor by covering them with used sheets, polyethylene film or tarps. Protect your face with a face mask and your eyes with goggles to avoid dust splashes.

2. Prepare for drilling

3 Steps to Drill Wood

Insert a wood drill bit into the chuck.

Depending on what the hole you are making in the wood will be used for, note that if you want to:

– dowel the wood; the diameter of the drill bit should be precisely equal to or slightly smaller than the diameter of the wood dowel that you will place in the drilled hole.

– screw in the wood, the diameter of the drill bit must be smaller than the screws.

– passing a bolt or rod through the wood, the diameter of the drill bit must be slightly larger than the bolt.

To determine the depth of the hole to be drilled:

– Take the screw you will be screwing into the drilled hole.

– Place the screw next to the drill bit.

– With masking tape, mark the location of the screw head on the drill bit.

– Insert the drill bit into the chuck. To do this

o Unscrew the chuck with the automatic system or a wrench, if the drill has one.

o To insert the drill bit into the chuck, refer to the instructions provided when you purchased the drill.

– Make sure that the drill bit is held correctly in the chuck: there should be no play.

3. Drill the wood

3 Steps to Drill Wood

– Set the drill to minimum speed and drill through the wood to mark the hole.

– Position your drill bit in the center of the mark.

– Start the drill.

– Increase the speed of the drill and drill to the mark previously made on the drill bit.

– Stop the drill.

– Blow the dust out of the drilled hole to dislodge the dust.

– Remove the dust from the floor related to the drilling with a vacuum cleaner.

– Remove polyethylene film, tarps or sheets from the floor and furniture.

Equipment needed for drilling wood

Vacuum cleaner

Tarp

Drill

Safety glasses

Protective mask

Drill

Electrical extension cord

Masking tape

READ MORE: 

– DIY: How to Make a Wooden Crate;

– How to Clean Your Painting Equipment (Part 1);

– How to Do a Paint Touch-Up;

– How to Drill a Sink;

– How to Install a Sink;

– How to Paint With a Brush (Part 1);

– How Do You Drill a Wall;

– Painting With an Airless Sprayer;

– The Essential Craftsperson Tools (Part 1);

– The Tools Every Craftsperson Should Have (Part 2);

– 3 Steps for Using a Jigsaw;

– How to Sew Jersey;

– How to Sew an Appliqué;

– 3 Steps to Assemble a Knitted Fabric.

Hope you like this post and the ones in the above links. Visit our blog to read more about the craftsperson, and don’t forget to leave your comments.

4 Vital Tips for DIY Novices

4 Vital Advice for DIY Novices

 

Do you have to perform minor tasks that don’t call for expert assistance? For instance, mounting a shelf, putting together and taking apart furniture that comes in a kit, and more…
You might be hesitant to try some DIY techniques, but with the help of the simple DIY advice in this post, you will be able to finish simple tasks at home. So let’s get started right away!

1. Unscrewing a rusty screw

4 Vital Tips for DIY Novices

It doesn’t take long for rust to form and fuse the contact between the two pieces when moisture gets between the threads of a screw and those of its nut – the screwdriver won’t turn because the screw is so rusted. How can you remove this blockage without a specific tool in your possession?

There are three possibilities:

– Pour a few drops of kerosene on the screw. If, however, it is still impossible to remove, make a mixture of machine oil/nail polish remover, leave it to act for 15 minutes, and remove the screw with a screwdriver.

– Use white vinegar and pour it on the head of the screw, leave it for 15 minutes and remove the screw with your screwdriver.

– Insert the screwdriver into the rusty screw, adjust the wrench to hold the screwdriver, and turn the wrench while pressing the screwdriver. 

Good to know: do not reassemble a rusty screw or one whose impression is starting to be damaged.

2. Drive a thin nail easily

Driving a nail seems simple and within reach of any DIY enthusiast. However, driving fine nails requires a minimum of technique. Here are a few tips that will allow you to hammer them in one after the other without ever hitting your fingers:

– Position the nail in the desired location, keeping it straight. Then give the nail small taps, always holding it with the other hand. When your fingers become too thick to hold the nail still, remove them, then finish by tapping with the hammer.

– Pinch the nail with a clothespin and hit it with a hammer without risking injury.

– Take a sheet of cardboard, and stick your nail in it; the cardboard will hold the nail straight; you will just have to tear it when you have driven the nail into the wood.

Good to know: don’t forget to grip your hammer firmly by the bottom of the handle; your gesture will be more precise.

3. Driving a screw in a hard-to-reach place

Sometimes you’ll need to screw in a place where you can’t hold the screw with your fingers, for example, in a place that’s too narrow to fit your hand. How do you manage to do this without getting upset? You have several solutions:

– Put a sticky substance, such as fixing paste, or double-sided adhesive, between the screwdriver and the screw, it is the screwdriver that will put the screw in the right place, and you can then screw without problems.

– Slide the screw between the teeth of a small comb that will act as a “third hand” and is suitable for screws of different sizes.

– Push in a piece of plastic or rubber tube at the end of the screwdriver to hold the screw head.

– Attach a paper clip to the end of the screwdriver with a rubber band or adhesive tape and wedge the screw between its legs.

– Magnetize the screw by placing it on a magnet for a few minutes.

4. Provide a hardware base

If you’re tinkering on the weekends or in the evenings, it’s always maddening to have to stop in the middle of a task to buy the right size screw, nail, or dowel.

Therefore, plan a hardware base that will be very useful:

– a collection of screws, nails, hooks, and dowels in the most commonly used sizes;

– a set of drill bits of different diameters for your drill, for the most common materials, concrete, brick, metal, and wood.

You will also need to bring:

– a wooden pencil;

– a large ruler or tape measure;

– a spirit level.

This will prevent you from abandoning a DIY project because you ran out of the necessary supplies.
Note: It is essential to keep goods properly in tiny boxes or clear plastic bags so that you can immediately locate the right ones.

That’s it, then. We’ve finished our quick and simple advice. What brought you to this post? Kindly leave a few comments below.

 

9 Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids

Some people prefer to set up in early November, while others prefer to postpone this scene as long as possible. Of course, we are talking about the Christmas tree! No matter what type of Christmas tree you choose, making a Christmas tree with your children is always possible.

However, children often need that first push. To help you out, we’ve gathered some of the very best and simplest Christmas crafts.
These Christmas crafts can be made by all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Most of them are easy to make, but some can be more difficult and require more guidance when it comes to younger children.

1) Crepe Paper Christmas Tree

You can make a Christmas tree out of paper plates, crepe paper, and toilet paper. This Christmas craft can be made as follows:

– Cut the paper plate in half.
– Apply glue to the plate.
– Cut the crepe paper into squares approximately 5 cm x 5 cm.
– Take the center of the crepe paper and glue it to the plate.
– Fold the plate into a cone, leaving one end open, and glue the plate to the open end.
– Now you can decorate the Christmas tree according to your wishes.
– You can use an empty roll of toilet paper as a trunk.

2) Painting a Christmas Tree

This is a very easy Christmas craft that is perfect for little ones! You don’t have to be a crafty mom; anyone can do it! Print out a Christmas tree coloring page. Grab some green paint and start painting! Then, the child can put in their own ideas for the decorations.

3) Fringe Christmas Tree

 First, roll out a cone shape from green paper.
– Then you cut some strips and fold them in half (lengthwise).
– Then cut the fringe into strips.
– Glue the strips around the cone until they reach the top.
– Finally, decorate the Christmas tree

4) Christmas Tree Using Clothes Pegs

Do you have a box of wooden clothes pegs lying around? Then you can make this cute Christmas tree. You simply have to remove the irons from the clothespins and glue the backs together. Simply do this with three clothespins and glue them together. Thus, you will have something that already looks like a Christmas tree. All that remains is to make the craft green and decorate it.

Clothespin Christmas Tree Craft - Our Kid Things

5) Tin Can Christmas Trees

Do your children like building blocks? If so, they will love stacking cans. Reuse old food cans by removing the sharp edges and painting them green. Add ribbons, garland, or other fun details, and a star to complete the look.

6) Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Glitter ornaments are simple to create and add sparkle to your tree. Fill clear plastic ornaments with glitter confetti in a variety of colors. White glitter can be added to make it look like snow is falling.

7) Christmas Tree Ornament Made of Yarn

This Christmas craft for kids is easy to make and turns out great every time. Cut cardboard into triangles and wrap them with green string. To finish, place a snowflake or star on top.

8) Cork Reindeer Ornaments

Use old corks to make new reindeer faces and hang them on the tree. Use glitter pipe cleaners as antlers and pompoms as noses, and the cork will look like Rudolph in no time.

How to Make Adorable Wine Cork Reindeer

9) Fingerprint Light

The best way to work with young children still learning hand-eye coordination is to create an image of a fingerprint light. First, draw a wavy black line on a piece of paper and show them how to make lights using paint and their fingerprints.

Do you have any other Christmas craft ideas? Don’t hesitate to share it with us in the comments below!

How to Sew Jersey

How to Sew Jersey

How to Sew Jersey

 

Solving possible problems in sewing stockinette

Jersey is a very finely knitted fabric. Soft and naturally stretchy due to its manufacturing process, it is pleasant to wear and is mainly used for T-shirts, underwear, sportswear… Sewing jerseys is not tricky, but you must take some precautions because knitted textiles are not worked the same way as woven textiles.

Focus on the types of jersey

How to Sew Jersey

Jersey is the name of the manufacturing process of the textile. A piece of jersey fabric is a fabric knitted with a jersey stitch. You can recognize it easily:

On the right side, the stitches are in the shape of V’s interlocked with each other.

On the reverse side, the stitches look like bridges that overlap.

A jersey fabric can be made of cotton, viscose, polyester… It is naturally stretchy, but sometimes elastane, or another elastic material, is added to make it even more stretchy.

Jersey also comes in different thicknesses: it can be very thin for light, flowing garments (like a dress) or thicker for warm garments (like jogging pants).

Viscose jersey

Viscose jersey is thin and fluid. The colors are very deep and resist washing very well. Because of its thinness and flexibility can be more difficult to work with because it slips easily, and the edges roll after being cut. It is ideal for women’s clothing such as dresses, draped tops…

Cotton jersey

100% cotton jersey is the fabric used for T-shirts.

It comes in different thicknesses, in all colors, plain, printed, and even in organic cotton. It is slightly stretchy and very comfortable.

It is used for casual clothing that does not require much stretch or children’s clothing because it is made of natural material and is soft to wear.

It is also straightforward to care for, as cotton can be washed at high temperatures. It is best for beginners as it is easier to sew.

Cotton/elastane jersey

Cotton/elastane jersey is also very comfortable to wear and, because of its elasticity, is mainly used for sportswear, tight-fitting garments such as leggings, or even underwear.

It is similar in appearance to 100% cotton jersey but more elastic because it contains elastane in varying proportions. The higher the elastane content, the more flexible the fabric.

It also comes in different thicknesses.

It is easy to care for but cannot be washed at very high temperatures because the elastic fibers are damaged by heat.

Synthetic jersey

Synthetic jersey (polyester, polyamide…) is mainly used for sportswear and technical clothing because it dries quickly and is easy to care for.

Sequined, shiny, and masquerade costume jerseys are also made of synthetic materials. Finally, polyamide or nylon jersey is used to make swimwear.

Fleece

The fleece is a jersey of cotton or cotton mixed with synthetic fibers, very thick and warm.

It is made with thicker yarns and is often “scraped” on the back, making it very soft against the skin.

It is used to make sports pants, sweatshirts…

It is easy to sew because it has little stretch and does not slip.

Milano Jersey

Milano jersey is a thick jersey, less flexible than a cotton jersey. It is used for women’s clothing that does not need to be too soft, such as sweaters, straight skirts, jackets …

Wool jersey

A wool jersey is used for some suits, suits, coats, or dressy clothes. It is not very common nowadays, because it is difficult to maintain: hand wash or dry clean only. It is also more expensive and is often replaced by synthetic jerseys.

Bamboo jersey

The bamboo jersey is often made from organic bamboo, which is quite similar to the cotton jersey. It is also very soft, healthy, and comfortable to wear.

Ribbed jersey

Ribbed jersey can be made of cotton, polyamide, with elastane… It is a classic jersey but made in a tube shape. It is used to make cuffs or collars for sweaters and dresses easily. It is medium to thick.

1. Choose your jersey

Jersey is chosen according to the type of garment you want to make.

Read more: How to Knit in Jersey

To sew a dress, skirt, flowing women’s top, or summer clothing:

  • viscose jersey;
  • fine cotton jersey;
  • fine bamboo jersey.

To sew children’s clothing:

  • medium weight cotton jersey;
  • thin to medium cotton/elastane jersey;
  • fleece jersey;
  • organic cotton jersey;

Bamboo jersey

For sewing suits, jackets, and dress clothes:

  • wool jersey;
  • Milano jersey.

For close-fitting sewing garments: tops, leggings, panties…

cotton/elastane jersey of fine to medium thickness;

synthetic / polyester/polyamide jersey, thin to medium consistency.

For sewing sportswear and technical clothing:

  • cotton/elastane jersey;
  • synthetic jersey;
  • fleece jersey.

For casual sewing clothing: t-shirts, sweatshirts…

cotton jersey, from thin to thick;

cotton/elastane jersey;

fleece jersey.

For sewing costumes:

  • viscose jersey;
  • synthetic jersey.

Which jersey to choose when you are a beginner in sewing?

When you are a beginner in sewing, it is preferable to choose a jersey that is easy to work with and does not slip:

cotton jersey, medium to thick thickness;

cotton/elastane jersey, medium to thick;

  • fleece jersey;
  • wool jersey;
  • Milano jersey.

2. Prepare the jersey

Before starting to sew the jersey, you should take a few precautions to ensure the garment is well made.

Wash the jersey

Like all elastic fabrics, jersey tends to shrink in the first wash. To avoid ending up with a too-small garment, start by washing your stockinette in the machine before cutting it.

Use a pattern for stretchy fabrics

Because a jersey is stretchy, the pattern for a jersey garment is different from a woven garment. For jerseys, the pattern will be more fitted, with wider curves.

If you want to sew a jersey garment, make sure your pattern is made for sewing jerseys.

Use a pattern for woven fabrics. Your garment will be too wide, will not fall properly, or you will not be able to put it on at all: jersey garments have few means of opening/closing (zippers, buttonholes…) because they are stretchy enough to be put on without having to open/close them.

Locate the direction of the jersey

When you want to sew stockinette, make sure you cut your pieces in the right direction: the lines formed by the stitches on the right side of the fabric should be parallel to the selvage, which is the edge of the fabric. You can also check the direction of the fabric by stretching it: the most elastic direction is the width of the fabric. Jersey is stretchy in its width but very little, if any, in its height.

Lay out the pattern pieces on your stockinette fabric so that the straight thread (fabric direction) shown on the pattern is parallel to the selvage and, therefore, to the lines formed by the stitches on the right side of the fabric.

Iron the stockinette

As with all fabrics, stockinette must be ironed before cutting. When ironing, only iron one layer of fabric at a time: if you fold the stockinette in half to iron faster because it is an elastic fabric, the fabric underneath will shift and wrinkle when ironed.

Pin the stockinette

When you pin your pattern to a stockinette, it tends to stretch. If it stretches too much when you unpin your pattern, the fabric will return to its original position, and the lines you drew when the fabric is stretched will be wrong.

To pin stockinette without stretching it:

Use extra fine pins.

Pin the fabric slowly to minimize movement.

Trace on stockinette

As with pinning, tracing can stretch the fabric, distorting your lines. To trace on stockinette without stretching it, choose a tailor’s chalk or a special soft fabric marker: you don’t need to put much pressure on the chalk, or the lead of the marker, to draw your lines.

Roller chalks, also known as Japanese chalks, are especially good for stockinette, as the small teeth of the roller grip the fabric without stretching it, and deposit powdered chalk on the fabric without pressing it hard on the roller.

Cutting stockinette

When cutting stockinette fabric:

Use sharp sewing scissors: if the blade is dull, the fabric fibers will catch on the irregularities of the blade and stretch the fabric.

Cut your fabric slowly so that it doesn’t move or slip.

If you plan to sew stockinette regularly, you may want to invest in a rotary cutter: they are convenient for cutting stockinette and slippery materials.

3. Sewing jersey

For sewing stockinette, the best way is to use a serger, which produces an elastic stitch while overlocking and trimming the edges of the fabric. But you can also sew stockinette on a sewing machine.

Choose the right needle

Choose the type of needle:

Sew with a special jersey, stretch, or super stretch sewing machine needle. These needles have a rounded tip, which allows them to slip between the stitches without damaging them. If you use a conventional needle, the stitches along the seam may come undone by the needle, and stitches will be skipped when sewing.

Depending on the brand, the needle heel is sometimes painted yellow, red, or both, so you can easily recognize stretch needles.

Choose the needle size. Knowing what size to use is very simple: the thinner your jersey, the finer the needle.

For viscose jerseys, for example, use a needle with a thickness between 60 and 80.

For medium fabrics, use an 80 to 90 needle.

And for thick fabrics, choose a needle size of 90 or larger.

Choose the stitch

If your sewing machine has an elastic stitch, sew your stockinette with that stitch.

If not, a zigzag stitch will also work well. Because the zigzag stitch is elastic, the seam will follow the movement when the stockinette is stretched.

If you sew with a straight stitch, the seam will break as soon as the fabric is stretched.

Choose the thread

For sewing stockinette, choose synthetic fiber threads (polyester, nylon), which are more elastic than cotton threads and finer. You can also use foam thread in bobbin thread, which is very elastic and specially designed for elastic seams. Foam thread is especially recommended for underwear and close-fitting garments because it is very soft.

Avoid poor quality threads: if the thread is badly woven, its tension will be uneven, and so will the seam, which is particularly noticeable on a jersey.

Training the fabric

As you sew, let the fabric slide under the sewing machine’s presser foot without pulling it toward you or behind the presser foot so that the seam doesn’t curl when finished.

You can use a carrier foot, which is designed to help feed thick or stretchy fabrics, by pulling the fabric over the top.

If you want your seam bulge to make a rolled or wavy hem, set your machine to a tight zigzag stitch or overlock stitch. When you sew the edge of the fabric, do the opposite of a conventional seam: stretch the fabric as much as possible.

Tip: If the sewing machine does not properly drive your jersey fabric, you can stabilize it by placing a sheet of tissue paper on top of the fabric, which you will tear off once your seam is complete.

Sewing jersey with a non-elastic fabric

Use a stretch or stockinette needle.

Sew with a straight stitch.

When machine sewing, if possible, put the non-elastic fabric on top and the stockinette fabric on the bottom (against the feed dogs).

Stiffening a seam in stockinette

If you want to stiffen a seam in a jersey garment, such as a shoulder seam that will be cleaner if it is not elastic:

Position the two pieces of jersey fabric to be sewn right sides together.

Place a twill tape (stiff cotton tape) or a non-elastic strip of fabric that you have cut out on the top of your fabric (i.e., on the back of the fabric) where you will be sewing.

Use unfolded bias tape if your seam is rounded (armholes, collars…).

Sew your fabric layers together, with the stabilizer fabric (non-elastic) on top, in a straight stitch.

Turn over and press your seam: it is now non-elastic and will stay in place.

You can also use a strip of thin iron-on fabric or cut the edge of a piece of non-elastic fabric.

Topstitching on stockinette

A topstitch is a decorative or fastening seam. It is visible on the right side of the garment and follows the outline of collars, cuffs… A topstitch is made with a straight stitch, which is not elastic. Seams on jersey fabrics must be elastic. To topstitch jersey, use a double needle:

The twin needle allows you to have two straight stitch seams on the right side and a zigzag on the wrong side, making the seam elastic. Twin needles are available in two widths (distance between the two needles):

Double needles with 2.5 mm width are used for fine seams, on underwear, for example.

The 4 mm wide needles are ideal for topstitching T-shirt collars, for hems…

To sew a jersey with a twin needle:

Use a special jersey or stretch double needle.

Set your sewing machine to a straight stitch.

Thread two bobbins of the same color on top of the machine.

If you only have one spool of thread of the same color, use a can that you have threaded in the correct color beforehand.

Thread the top two threads as if you had only one line.

Thread the top two threads through the twin needle.

Stitch slowly.

The twin needle also allows for neat, springy hems.

Solving potential problems with stockinette sewing

If your seam curls

If possible, on your machine, decrease the tension on the presser foot or presser foot.

Decrease the tension of the top thread.

Try a different thread composition.

Install a conveyor foot on the sewing machine.

Sewing skips stitches

Check that you have installed a special stretch or stockinette needle.

Check that your needle is not dull or bent.

Change the thread: poor quality thread can skip stitches.

Install a thinner needle.

The seam is bulging

Reduce the tension of the upper thread.

Try a different thread composition.

The machine and slides swallow machine treads on the seam start or fabric into the needle plate opening.

Stabilize the stockinette by slipping a sheet of tissue paper UNDER the fabric: the paper should extend beyond the edge of the fabric.

Stitch your first stitches into the paper.

Tear off the paper when your stitching is complete.

Materials needed to sew stockinette

Sewing scissors

Chalk

Iron

Sewing thread

Sewing machine

How to Sew an Appliqué

How to Sew an Appliqué

How to Sew an Appliqué

 

Contents

Sewing an appliqué

Step 1: Prepare your appliqué before sewing

Step 2: Select the right stitch to sew the appliqué

Step 3: Use the right accessories

Step 4: Stitch the appliqué to the fabric

Step 5: Manage the corners of your appliqué

Sewing an appliqué

A towel to decorate, a cushion to personalize, or pants to patch? Sewing an appliqué involves sewing cut-out fabric shapes onto a work. And if it requires more patience than mastery, sewing an appliqué can become an art, even to the point of creating fabric paintings!

The method of appliqué is simple: one or more pieces of fabric are cut, ironed, and then machine sewn onto another fabric. It can be a garment, a bag, a tea towel, a bib, or any other textile to decorate. You can also use applique to cover up stains or snags.

If you’re starting, stock up on patience: sewing an appliqué takes practice and practice. The key word? Take your time! A good result is a matter of meticulousness, not speed.

Note: Choose a double-sided iron-on specially designed for appliqués, such as Vliesofix®: it allows you to stick the design to the destination fabric, so it won’t move when sewn.

1. Prepare your appliqué before sewing

First, choose a design. Start with basic shapes without sharp corners, such as circles. If you run out of inspiration, transfer the patterns from children’s coloring books, which are ideally suited to appliqué. With practice, you will be able to vary the shapes, thread colors, and fabric patterns…

Once you have chosen the shape of the appliqué, print it or draw it on a sheet of paper.

Be careful: if your design has a meaning, such as a word, you need to print or draw it upside down.

Cut a piece of iron-on that is larger than your design. Place it on top of your design with the matte side of the iron-on facing you. Offset the design with a pen or pencil.

Apply the glossy side of the iron-on to the back of the fabric you are cutting out. Pin if necessary, and place on ironing board.

Place the iron on the fabric for about 10 seconds without steam.

Once the fabric has cooled, cut out the design, following the pencil line on the iron-on.

Remove the film protecting the second sticky side of the iron-on.

Place the iron-on design in the desired location on the appliqué fabric.

Iron on as before.

Note: You can also use a design already cut out of cardstock. In this case, iron a piece of fabric larger than the design, place the template on it and trace the outline with a pencil before cutting.

2. Select the right stitch to sew the appliqué

Sewing an appliqué is usually done with the bourdon stitch, a very tight zigzag stitch. This is included in the decorative stitches of some machines.

If yours doesn’t, use a zigzag stitch, reducing the spacing and width: ideally 0.6 mm spacing and 2 mm width. You can also use the buttonhole stitch.

In all cases, the setting is personal, and the width of the stitch must be adapted to the size of the appliqué to be sewn. Try it out!

3. Use the right accessories

If your sewing machine has a bourdon stitch, it may also have a special foot, in which case use it. If not, adjust the presser foot to the fabric to pull the stockinette properly.

To sew an appliqué without blocking, use a needle adapted to the fabric: leather if you are stitching leather, jersey for jersey, denim for denim… standard for others! Be careful with the thickness of the fabric: if you feel the needle blocking, choose the size above.

Choose a classic, solid thread in the color of your choice. You can also use canned embroidery thread.

4. Stitch the appliqué to the fabric

How to Sew an Appliqué

Stick the needle into the fabric, preferably at the start of a straight line, and as far as the width of the zigzag inside the design: to be strong, the zigzag stitch must bite through the appliqué.

Stitch along the pattern. There’s no need to go too fast, and there’s no reason why you can’t go stitch by stitch!

The direction of the zigzag should always be perpendicular to the edge of the appliqué, and the zigzag should not be at an angle: to do this, the presser foot should be parallel to the edge.

5. Manage the corners of your appliqué

When you reach a corner:

Stop sewing. Turn the sewing machine handwheel, so the needle stays in the fabric but outside the appliqué to avoid a hole between the stitches. Never lift the presser foot without the needle in the fabric.

Raise the presser foot. Turn the fabric to position it in the new direction, lower the presser foot and resume stitching.

Turn slightly, then stitch two stitches. Turn again, and so on until you have passed the corner, keeping a dense and regular stitch. Be careful not to turn the fabric to the right angle before starting again, and you would have a hole in the stitch in any case.

Finish with a back stitch, then cut the threads short. You’re done!

Sew a complex appliqué

If you’re looking to create an entire design with multiple colors or patterns, do the same: decal, heat seal, and cut out each piece of fabric. Then:

  • Glue all the pieces to the fabric intended for the appliqué. By stitching them together, you will avoid unnecessary seam allowances.
  • Start by stitching the individual pieces, then the ones underneath. Continue this process until you finish with the pieces that are furthest above.
  • Adjust the size of the stitch to the complexity of the design: the smaller and more numerous the pieces of the appliqué, the denser and narrower the zigzag should be.

Materials needed to sew an appliqué

Dressmaker’s scissors

Pencil

Iron

Sewing thread

Sewing machine

Fabric

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7 Tips To Help Organize Your Craft Supplies

As you dive deeper into the world of crafting, you will own many tools and materials. When you collect tools, you will need a place to store them. There are many ways to store your crafting supplies, whether you have a small or large space. Here are some tips to help make efficient use of your area for your crafting tools.

1) Invest in a Craft Storage Trolley

This item can hold everything from loose ribbons to fabric. It comes with a flat top, allowing it to be added to your main workstation. It can also be used as storage for cutting mats and other essentials. One of the large drawers can be emptied to keep projects safe between tasks.

2) If You Have Multiple Hobbies, Use Versatile Bins

Some furniture comes with special compartments for specific supplies. If your existing furniture has large drawers, you may be able to find special compartments at your local home improvement store. Another option is to make these special compartments yourself. By making them yourself, you will always have a perfect divider in your drawers. Being able to move your craft supplies around is an excellent benefit to your storage unit, as is having easy access to all your materials.

3) Make Good Use of Wall Space

When you think of storage, you may think of floor-mounted storage, but there are other options. It is also possible to hang equipment on the wall. Look for a storage rack that hangs on the wall. This way, all supplies, and materials can be hung above the workstation, eliminating the need to find a large cupboard. You can keep track of all your tools and have them within reach. The only drawback may be that if you are not tall enough, you may not be able to reach things.

4) Avoid Big Furniture

Regardless of what the main storage item is, a good set of bins is a practical way of organizing all your crafts. Whether you use racks, carts, or wall shelves, small bins can section off your materials and tools to keep everything well-organized. You can arrange materials by color, medium, or favorite.

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5) Use Stackable Holders

Stackable bins can hold any small crafting tools. If you are working with beads, buttons, or other small tasks, or if you don’t have a lot of space, a large craft organizer may not be the right choice. In that case, look for a storage unit with smaller drawers. The drawers may be cramped for larger pieces, but they can provide just the right amount of storage for crafters who want to make smaller pieces.

6) Invest in Storage That Can Be Used as Furniture

This may be a helpful tip if you are looking for new furniture for your craft room. When looking for a new desk, look for one with versatile storage options. Adding shelves or dividers to your desk can help you maximize your workspace.

7) Get a Cart With Casters

Just like crafts, there is no reason organizers have to be beautiful. A cart serves as a storage area where you can see all your materials at once. Frequently used materials can be stored together in the cart. If you like to paint, you can store all your brushes and paints in the cart. When you start a new painting project, simply roll the cart to your work area, and you will have all your supplies at your fingertips.

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How to Knit in Jersey

How to Knit in Jersey

How to Knit in Jersey

Contents

    – Knitting in purl jersey

    – Knitting in purl stitch

    – Adding selvage stitches in stockinette stitch

Knitting in stockinette is the perfect exercise for beginners who want to learn how to knit because all you need to know is the basic stitches: the purl and the obverse stitch. It is a regular, flat stitch used to knit sweaters easily. It has the peculiarity of rolling on the edges, so it is advisable to use it for works requiring seams or adding borders so that it does not roll. There are two types of stockinette stitch: purl and a single stitch.

Here’s how to knit in purl or obverse stockinette.

Knitting in right-side stockinette

Right side stockinette stitch is achieved by alternating one row of right side stitch with one row of purl stitch when knitting with straight needles. The right side stockinette is a sequence of V’s on the right side of the work. As it rolls over the edges, it is possible to add selvages to obtain a flat knit.

Knitting in right-sided stockinette with straight needles

    1. Knit the desired number of stitches. Jersey stitch is knitted on an even or odd number of stitches because it is not a fancy stitch.

    2. Knit the first-row right side up.

    3. Knit the second-row purl.

    4. Always repeat these two rows throughout the knitting process.

Remember: place the yarn in front of the work when knitting purl and behind the work when knitting purl.

Knitting in right side stockinette with circular needles

Right side stockinette is achieved by knitting all the stitches right side up in each row because the work is always done on the right side when knitting in the round. Knitting in the round does not require edge stitches.

    1. Stitch the desired number of stitches on an even or odd number of stitches.

    2. Knit the first round right side up and mark the end of the round with a loop made of colored yarn. The stitch binding-off yarn can also be used as a marker at the end of the row.

    3. Knit all rounds right side up.

    4. Be sure to pull the first two stitches of the round tightly together not to create a boundary.

Note: the yarn connected to the ball is always behind the work when knitting in the round in purl.

Knitting in purl stockinette

Purl stockinette is a tight wave pattern that looks like a moss stitch. Purl stockinette is achieved by alternating a purl row on the right side of the work and a right side row on the wrong side when knitting with straight needles. This stitch is also visible on the wrong side of a work knitted in purl.

Knitting in purl with straight needles

    1. Stitch the required number of stitches. Purl stitch is knitted on an even or odd number of stitches.

    2. Knit the first-row purl.

    3. Knit the second-row purl.

    4. Always repeat these two rows.

Place the yarn in front of the work to knit the purl rows on the right side of the work.

Place the yarn behind the work to knit the purl rows on the wrong side of the work.

Knitting purl with circular needles (in the round)

    1. Stitch the required number of stitches.

    2. Mark the end of the round with colored yarn or mark the end with yarn.

    3. Knit all rounds inside out.

Place the yarn in front of the work to knit the purl rounds.

Adding edge stitches to stockinette stitch

How to Knit in Jersey

Because stockinette stitch rolls on the edges, it is sometimes necessary to add edge stitches to achieve a flat knit (edge stitches are the first and last stitches in a row). If a rolling edge is the desired effect or if it is indicated in the pattern you are knitting, it is not mandatory to add flat edges in work. It is also possible to iron your knitted fabric to flatten the edges. If you are knitting something intended for sewing, selvages are unnecessary, so the result is usually interwoven.

The simple chain selvage

    – Place the yarn connected to the ball at the back of the work.

    – On the right side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting it right side up, then knit the next stitch’s right side up.

    – Knit the last stitch right side up.

    – On the wrong side of the work, place the yarn in front of the work.

    – Slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting purl, and then knit the next stitch purl.

    – Knit the selvage stitches in each row of the work.

The simple beaded selvage

    – Place the yarn connected to the ball at the back of the work.

    – On the right side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if you were knitting it right side up, then knit the following stitches as usual.

    – Knit the last stitch right side up.

    – On the wrong side of the work, slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle as if knitting right side up, and then knit the following stitches right side up.

    – Knit the edge stitches in each row of the work.

Note: Be sure to pull the edge stitches tight on both sides of the work to create a clean, even edge.

    – To prevent the edge of the binding-off stitches from rolling over the stockinette stitch, plan to knit a few rows of mossy or 1/1 ribbing. This is a method often used to knit sweaters.

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Top 4 DIY To Try In Your New Home

Have you just bought your home, moved into a new apartment, or are you simply looking to change your home’s decor? You have a long list of choices. Call in a decorating specialist, change your furniture or redo your decor yourself. The latter is the most recommended choice, as it allows you to express your creativity. Discover the 4 DIY ideas of the moment to transform your home into a unique and warm nest.

1. Give your furniture a makeover

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When you want to change the decoration of your home, furniture and walls are the first to go. But instead of throwing away old furniture, why not recycle it? Indeed, with a few brush strokes, a little glue, and nails, it is possible to transform an old broken piece of furniture into a real collector’s item.

Regarding the choice of the color with which to paint them, we recommend pastel colors. It is advisable to plane the legs for a better balance for wooden furniture. It is also necessary to remove the layer of varnish that covers them to be able to apply a new coloring.

They are very trendy and bright. If your interior is too small to accommodate all your furniture, you can change its layout and turn an old cupboard into a vegetable cupboard. This way, you will give a second use to a piece of furniture that was destined for the dump.

2. Paint the walls in a DIY way

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First of all, you need a good brush, a paint roller, and trendy colors. We advise you to leave the usual color palette of white shades and turn to other more trendy colors. The trick to transforming closed, dimly lit spaces into spacious rooms is to use two shades (one darker than the other) of the same color. The lighter paint should be applied to the walls that face the window, while the darker paint is applied to the wall where the window is located.

Dare to be colorful! Dare to use bright colors like light red and green to match the color of the walls to the furniture. The warmest interiors are also the most colorful. The best DIY paint jobs are the ones that let the creativity of the house’s inhabitants express itself. Involve your friends and family in the renovation work for a unique result.

3. The house plaque

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When you think about redecorating your home, you focus on the interior of your home, but the exterior plays an equally important role. The first thing people notice when they walk by your front door is its color, the house number, and your mailbox. These three elements are all ready to be changed to make your home look better.

Start by changing your home’s signage by ordering a custom home sign. What is a house sign? It’s simply an engraved plaque with your house number, a welcome message, or a quote. The original aspect of this outdoor decoration makes it an excellent asset to showcase your creative spirit.

To decorate your entryway, simply order a house plaque online and personalize it according to your taste and the style of your home.

There are several types of house plaques, and they differ from each other only in shape, color, and content. To help you choose the best house plaque for a successful DIY decoration, here is a short guide:

    • The wooden house plaque: is warm and original; it is intended to decorate the entrance of a house with a welcome message or display the number of the house. However, wood is not the best material for exteriors exposed to rain and bad weather.
    • Metal sign: Aluminum or brass is perfect for people looking for an outdoor decoration that lasts time.
    • Plexiglas sign: transparent or colored; the Plexiglas sign is very popular with businesses and companies.

4. Bedroom decor

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Photos are a great way to brighten up a bedroom. Hang them on your wall with an aerial garland. To do this, attach your photos to a string with wooden clips. You can replace the string with a copper light garland for even more style. Hang your photo garland on a wall, and you’re done.

Do you like designer nightstands? Simply install two wooden crates on either side of your bed. Remember to varnish them to protect them. The little extra about these crates is that you can use them to store books. You can also put a lamp on them to act as a night light.

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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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