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Fabric Selection for Your Handmade Quilt

Fabric selection is an important factor when you embark on a new handmade quilting project. Since any handmade quilt will require many hours of labor, albeit a labor of love, you want to ensure that the finished quilt will be a project you will be proud to display, to use in your home or to give as

Why Teddy Bears Are So Widely Loved

Teddy bears are hugely popular among people of all ages and backgrounds. Where did they originate, and what gives them their unique appeal?

What Home Sewing Supplies Will I Require To Quilt?

Quilting is the simple stitching together of two or more layers of sewing fabric. My recommendation is to begin with a small and simple design in order to learn the quilting process. However, no matter which way you are planning on making a quilt (hand sewn or home sewing machine), you still need so

What Is Tension and Why Is It So Important?

All the home sewers keep talking about tension. What is it and why is it so important? This article explains tension on the home sewing machine in a bit more detail and also explains why it is so important!

Tips For Sewing Best Patterns

What the experts have to say, that you need to know! Some of the best patterns which will be the most popular this year, are going to be leaning towards the more funky look in fashions, but if you would much rather stick with the more traditional styles, then that of course is the choice you can mak

How to Identify Antique Sundials

Sundials were perhaps the first tools that humans used to tell time. Sundials gauge the time of day using a shadow cast by the sun. It is likely that the first sundial was simply a stick placed standing upright in the ground. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the production of sundials became much mor

Horse Hair Pottery

A description of what horse hair pottery is and how to create your own horse hair pottery pieces.

How to Date Nippon Marks

In 1878, the Japanese import company Morimura Brothers began distributing plain pieces of unpainted china, known as "blanks," to be hand decorated by skilled artisans throughout Japan. These early pieces had back stamp markings consisting of the traditional Japanese "Kanji" characters for "Nippon" (

Model Boat Building As a Social Activity

Chances are you have a couple different types of friends. You have the friends who you share a lot in common with and can go out and do anything with. Then you have the friends that you are so different from and for whom you may sometimes wonder how you are friends with.

Box Kites - A Brief History

Box kites have a relatively long history when compared to other types of Western kites. The first significant builder and flyer of box kites was Lawrence Hargrave, whonever patented the idea that was capable of lifting a man off the ground. Then came Samuel Cody who pioneered aviation in the U.K., a

How to Identify Old Watches

Thousands of manufacturers have produced billions of pocket and wristwatches since people started carrying portable timepieces sometime in the 1500s. To make watch identification even more difficult, the same watch might have a case and timekeeping mechanism manufactured by different companies. Iden

Gifts In a Jar Recipes

Find directions and recipes to make a variety of unique gifts to please everyone on your list.

The Importance of A Sewing Machine Repair Shop

Sewing machines are very important in different industries. In fact, without its invention, we could not have had the best clothing lines and even furniture these days. Despite the fact that it is useful in large companies, it is even more useful for different homes. Therefore, these machines are st

How to Make an Instant Denim Jeans Bag

You can make a funky denim jeans bag on your kitchen table in less than an hour. I loved using a pair of decorated small girl's denim shorts for this project.

How to Restore Antique Picture Frames

Antiques are often damaged, broken or otherwise in need of restoration to look as beautiful as possible. Restoring an antique can be a simple or complicated process, depending on the extent of the damage, but picture frame restorations are not usually a large project or a complex one. Restoring a

How to Search With Your Metal Detectors

There are metal detectors sold in the market that creates a different sound when it has found a scrap metal. This will really help you a lot because it can save you from time digging for a useless item.

Evaluating Collectibles - What You Should Know

Venturing into the unknown is always a risky business. Without proper knowledge on collectibles and the evaluation thereof you could be throwing away good money and ending up with nothing more than someone else's worthless collectible.Even if you end up using an appraiser to determine the value