Allo Allo-“Listen very carefully, I shall say ‘zis only once!”

In the states we rely of Public Broadcasting to provide us with shows from the BBC. I have always been a fan of the British Sit Com ever since I discovered them on late night television. I love to laugh and began watching in the early 80’s when most of my friends and family had no idea what I was talking about when I said I watched British Comedy. To me they were something I waited for to complete my long day and provided comedy relief.

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My husband soon got hooked on them too and each night after the kids were tucked away we would spend time together enjoying a good laugh. Unlike typical American humor it take a bit of cultural understanding. The Allo Allow series which consisted of over 80 show stressed the humor that could be found in World War II from a British point of view. The show set in France required the characters to use French accents along with British humor.

Each night we would laugh our heads off when Michele from the French Charles de Gaulle Resistance would enter the scene and repeat her “listen carefully” line to Rene while hiding in a closet or hanging from a window. It was the line we waited for every time we watched. We laughed every time and came to expect her delightful entrance.

The fact that the show was broadcast on PBS affected the episodes we saw and the order in which we watched the show. It took us a long time to understand the show from beginning to end. Many other British sit coms were also broadcast and we learned to love the British sense of humor and of course the many other show that were also shown. Since that time we have collected all of our favorites shows on DVD and usually pull them out when we need a good laugh.

5 Things You Should Know About Internet Auctions!

Internet AuctionsIf you aren’t “in the know” about Internet Auctions you are seriously missing out on some of the best sales on the planet! In case you didn’t find this page through a link from one of my pages, let me explain who I am and why you should listen to what I have to say.

I am “TheStyleGuru” and I have a serious addiction to fashion. I’ll save you loads of time and money by helping you identify the steals and deals for the hottest brands in fashion today. Typically, the people who get the most benefit from my work are those that would like to buy luxury items but are working within a limited budget.

I help these people by showing them a structured breakdown of all of the items that are currently available for specific price ranges. In short, imagine being able to find out if that “must have” item that normally costs over $400 can be bought for only $225.

Although there is no catch, there are a few things that you need to know in order for me to help you find the item that you are looking for.

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FIRST, you need to know that every page that I make will show you what is available right now. The items on the pages are not usually available in large quantities so if you see something you like, you need to be prepared to Act Now! to secure that item. In order to do either, you need to be a registered user of the site that I found the item at. Most of the time, this will be an Internet auction site, such as eBay.

SECOND, you need to already be a registered user of at least eBay (this is FREE!) I say this because you can’t imagine the dread that you will feel when you finally find the item that you are looking for only to have to take the time to register before being allowed to purchase the item. Then, when you complete the registration, you find that someone else bought the item you wanted while you were registering. Believe me ladies, this happens A LOT!

THIRD, you need to know your budget. Take the time to get familiar with my page layout. I have specific sections on each page that show you items within a very specific price range. Once you are a registered user of at least eBay, you can simply click on an item for more information, to place a bid or purchase the item.

FOURTH, you need to be aware of page updates for Internet auctions. Most, if not all, of my pages are updated hourly. This means that if you see an item that you want at fifteen minutes till the top of the hour, that item may not be there much longer than 15 minutes. Knowing this will allow you to know how long you have to decide whether or not to buy that item.

FIFTH, you need to know about the “buy it now” function. This function is available on some items and allows you to purchase the item immediately, eliminating the option for anyone else to enter a higher bid or attempt to purchase the item. This feature is particularly useful when you find an item and you know that it is a steal of a buy. Using the “buy it now” feature, you can buy the item right now and guarantee that it will be in your closet in a few short days.

Lastly, you need to know that I am here to help. If you are looking for a specific item, and you cannot find it on any of my pages, please feel free to use the CONTACT ME link on the upper left hand side of the page to get in touch with me so that I can get involved. If you need help, I will do everything in my power to help you find what you are looking for. In the event that I can’t find it, I will add it to my watch list and let you know if I come across it as I scour the net looking for the best deals.

Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

It can be difficult to be healthy all the time. Eating the way we should, exercising daily, avoiding all the unhealthy things in the world – this can be a challenge.

This lens will explore several simple ways you can start to live a healthier lifestyle. Individually, each of these ten tips is pretty easy, so if you do a few of these, you’ll start to feel better. The more you can do, the better you’ll feel.

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The First Five Tips

1. Get outside. Even a few minutes of fresh air everyday can drastically improve your mood. Try taking a walk around your neighborhood or sitting on your porch as the sun goes down.

2. Exercise. You don’t have to spend two hours at the gym everyday to feel the benefits of exercise. Start with a 15-minute walk sometime during the day, and work your way up to several 30-minute workouts a week. You’ll feel better and you’ll look better, too!

3. Eat right. Eating healthier can be hard. But it’s simple to do small things like adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Eat more lean meats like fish and chicken. Snack on healthy foods like yogurt, nuts, granola bars (instead of chips and cookies). Stay away from as many processed foods as you can.

4. Take a supplement or multi-vitamin. One of the easiest ways to get healthier is to take a supplement. In addition to the standard multi-vitamins, consider incorporating an organic superfood supplement in your diet. Superfoods have tons of health benefits.

5. Spend time with loved ones. A big part of a healthy lifestyle is feeling loved. It’s good to take time off to have fun. Enjoy the company of your favorite friends and family. You’ll feel better.
The Last Five Tips

6. Laugh. You know the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” That saying has real merit; laughing is a great way to relieve stress. Find something funny and let yourself laugh.

7. Find a new hobby. Sometimes, just trying something new and getting out of a rut can make a big difference in the way you feel. Take up a new hobby. Think about photography, cooking, swimming, even video games, whatever sounds interesting to you.

8. Clean your home. Not only does a clean home mean a healthier home due to less dust and allergens floating around, it can also improve your mood. Removing dirt and clutter from your life is always a good thing.

9. Visit your doctor and dentist. Take care of your regular checkups. Don’t skip out on your yearly physical just because you feel fine. You’ll feel even better when the doctor tells you you’re healthy. And take care of your teeth!

10. Change your outlook. You will be amazed at how much better you feel when you just change your attitude. Try to think about things in a more positive way; focus on the good things in your life. Stress is bad for you; do what you can to eliminate it from your life.

4 Elegant Birthday Gift Ideas for Your Mother

Classy birthday gift ideas for your mom include jewelries, stylish plants, spa treatments, and an exquisite birthday meal.

Our moms are really special to us since they work hard in taking care of our family. Hence, they should be given elegant presents on their birthday celebration to show our deep gratitude for them. Check out this article to learn some classy birthday gift ideas.


The majority of females like jewelry piecies. If you are aware that your mom has long been eyeing a pair of earrings, or perhaps a necklace, bracelet, pendant, or watch; but just never bought the item for herself, then purchase the jewelry and amaze her with it. Forget fashionable jewelries if your mom is more interested in classic, elegant jewelry items. Ascertain her personal desires. You can even buy her a jewelry set which features a necklace and a pair of earrings. If you’ll be giving the jewelry for her special birthday, you may also buy a jewelry that has her birthstone on it like a ruby if her birthday celebration falls on the month of July or blue topaz for December. A piece of jewelry, like white or gold, that she can utilize as accessory for either casual or formal wear is an excellent choice to give to your mother.

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Elegant plants

If your mother likes spending lots of her moment in her garden and tending plants, then think about getting her a membership to an orchid club. If that’s too much for your spending budget, purchasing her an orchid plant is also a smart idea. Orchids do not require a lot of tending. Provided that these plants are not exposed to any plant diseases, they can thrive well with just a little tending. Orchids generate a variety of elegant and also exotic flowers which can stay fresh for as long as a few weeks to three months. Some of them will even provide specific fragrances. Besides orchids, other elegant plant varieties also include calla lilies and bonsai trees.

Spa therapies

Most girls like to have a therapy at a spa, where they can be pampered and made more fabulous. You can pay for just a specific service, including a facial, or, you can buy a gift certificate which will let your mother choose whichever spa treatment she desires to get. If you can afford it, you can also purchase a complete body treatment that will pamper her from head and down to the tips of her toes. She can have a facial, a body wash and massage, a manicure and a pedicure treatment. Some spas offer discounts if you avail several forms of treatments, so you can also try to check out it.

Classy birthday meal

As part of your 85th birthday party ideas for your mom, you can take her out to a good and high-end restaurant with your family. Moms are in many cases the cook in the house, and for their birthday celebration, they’ll surely appreciate being taken out to a great restaurant where they do not have to worry about any meal preparations. Surprise your own mommy during her birthday celebration with a delicious and yet classy lunch or dinner at a restaurant.

You can also make plans with your siblings to surprise your mom with something elegant that you know your mother will definitely appreciate.

4 Weight Free Workout Ideas

If you’ve ever been at a loss for what to do when you’re traveling, on the road or away from the gym, this article will give you some helpful ideas about who to stay in shape while you’re on the move. Keep your physique without being chained to one place, read on for more information.

Travel Workout without Weights

So you’re on the road, in a hotel or away from a gym. You need some exercise but your options appear fairly limited. A workout without weights is a great solution, but you don’t know where to start. You need to do something, but you don’t know what. The situation becomes infuriating but it all can be avoided with just a little preparation.

A weight free workout is a key element in traveling, and by having a routine, a plan or some basic ideas ready before you’re in a situation away from your normal routine you can jump into an effective workout in seconds.

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So what are some good ideas for a workout without weights? They can be broken down into a few main categories:

1. Running or other forms of cardio

One the easiest things to do is to bring a pair of running shoes and some athletic clothing while you’re away from the gym and simply take a tour of wherever you’re currently stopped. Running around a new area can be an exciting way to see the area and you’ll see more than just walking. If you happen to be traveling with some room you can bring a bike and check out some of the local trails.

2. Boot camp exercises

Plan some classic boot camp exercises or use a pre-planned routine that you can do in a hotel room or confined space. There are many variations of exercises that can keep you building muscle and in shape no matter where you are. Push ups, dips, squats etc. or any variations can be used. Get creative and use objects around you to get fit

3. Sports and recreation equipment

It never hurts to bring a soccer ball, a Frisbee or a football around when you’re traveling. You can play on the beach, in a park or just about anywhere there’s some space. It’s a great team activity and easy way to meet new people. You’d be surprised at how much exercise you can get if you start really getting into it

4. Yoga and Stretching

Work on seeing your time away is a blessing not a curse to your workout routine. If you’ve been doing the same workout for a while, spending some time stretching or trying something new can be very beneficial from your health. If you usually lift weight, running might be a welcome change for your body and vice versa.

So next time you’re traveling or going away from your gym, get ready and be prepared. It’s an opportunity to workout without weights, not a setback. Use your time wisely and be prepared, you might find a weight free workout you like!

50th Birthday Party Ideas

There is one day a year that is always considered “your day”; a day that is supposed to be special and filled with happiness. This day is supposed to be special and something you remember for years to come. It’s the day to celebrate your life and all the things you’ve accomplished. In considering that fact, the older you get the more you have to celebrate about and the bigger and better your celebration should be!

One momentous year that deserves some major celebrating is the big 5-0. Turning fifty is a big one, you’ve hit a milestone in your life and you deserve a special day. And of course, turning 50 will attract some jokes and gags from your friends but that’s par for the course.

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These parties don’t always need to cost a fortune, or have elaborate decorations and party favours. All that is needed for a great party is time, a plan and a lot of creativity. There are endless possibilities!

No 50th birthday party is complete without poking fun at our age. Nothing is more fun then getting a good laugh out of a gag or prank. Check out the link above for my Squidoo article about 50th Birthday gag gifts. But keep in mind the person you are planning the party for and how much of a good sport they are. I know with my family it’s a free for all and anything goes when it comes to gags and pranks – actually they are welcomed by anyone. The only thing to remember is that revenge is inevitable!!

Any party can be a great success as long as you have the passion to make it fun as well as planning. Planning is key for success for any party! This is a big event for anyone so make sure its fun! It may seem overwhelming at first but just sit back and take it one step at a time. Here are some 50th birthday party ideas to keep in mind – its easy just ask yourself these questions, it will give you a base for planning your party:

  • pick a theme
  • decide on your guest list
  • where are you going to throw the party
  • do you want it to be a surprise
  • what’s your budget
  • how much of a good sport is the birthday person (how made would they be if you pulled pranks on them)
  • what time of year will the party be held in (season)
  • what kind of food and drinks do you want to serve
  • what are the birthday persons interests and hobbies

Make this day the most memorable day of your 50 years!

60’s Retro Mod Birthday Parties

I love Birthday Parties and everything that comes with them! I am going to start off by saying that I love nothing more than homemade decorations, reusable supplies and cost saving tips. Sure, I now own my own party supply company, but that was not always the way! To this day I shop for bargain basement deals and make my own decorations! I invite everyone to share their positive & unique party ideas and money saving tips. Lets make some memories!

60’s Retro – Invitations

Hippies, peace signs, lava lamps, pet rocks, mood rings, VW Bugs, tube tops, platform shoes . . . the 60’s and 70’s were funkadelic and groovy. With the return of all things retro, this theme is sure to be a huge hit at your next party!

Invitations: Use a large, rounded letters and bright psychedelic colours when making the party invitations to offer a 60’s feel. Use the smiley faces, peace symbols, mod flowers and tie dye designs that have made that era so popular and recognizable. Free clip art is readily available all over the web to make your own invitation paper. You can also visit your local craft store and purchase some retro feeling printed paper. Use wording like “Feelin’ Groovy”, “Lets Get Funky” and “Cool, Man” when constructing the wording of your invite. You can inform your guests about the party theme through the invitation and ask them to come dressed as the part. It can be as simple as wearing a headband, a tie dye t-shirt, some beads or a peace symbol drawn on their cheek.

60’s Retro – Decorations & Crafts

Decorations: Decorate the party area with plenty of balloons and streamers in neon colours like pink, orange and lime green. Hang bead curtains in all the doorways the party guests will pass through. Place colored light bulbs in all lamps and sockets. Using large banner paper and neon paints, construct poster that proclaim “Peace”, “Love not War” and “Power to the People.” Make cut outs of Smiley faces, Mod Flowers, Yin and Yang symbols and Peace Signs out of construction paper. Hang Christmas lights around the room. Make use of any bean bag chairs, flower pillows and 60’s memorabilia to decorate the room. To set the mood play some popular 60’s music from bands like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. Add a real funky groove by Tie Dying 3 or 4 old bedsheets with bright neon colours. Use 1 as a groovy tablecover and the rest as some furniture throws.

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Crafts: Friendship Bracelets – Visit your local craft store for some premade kits or just simply purchase a roll of bracelet cord leather, a pack of clasps and a bag of stringing beads. The guests can come up with their own pattern, or use letter beads to spell their name or spell “Best Friends”,” Friends Forever.” Tie Dying – A must have at any 60’s party! You could tie dye a t-shirt, a headband, canvass bag or even a pair of socks! Simple tie dying instructions can found easily on the web or even by visiting your local library. You can even purchase all in one kits that come with all supplies and detailed information. Pet Rocks – Make your very own Pet to take home and love. Find rocks that are round and have a smooth texture. Soak the rocks in a soapy bath of water and give them a good scrub. This can be done prior to the party to allow plenty of drying time. Decorate it! Choose a colour and paint your rock with a very thin layer. One dab should do it! When dry, glue on some googly eyes. With a black felt tipped marker you can draw on a smile and some eyebrows. You can stop now or be creative by adding some yarn hair or a mini pom pom tail! Let it dry and voila – you’ve got a new friend! Now its time to name him or her.

60’s Retro – Games & Menu Ideas

Games: Set up a retro game room with hula hoops, tidily winks, pick up sticks and twister. How fun is that! Have a 60’s Game Night! Perhaps set it up as an obstacle course and see who can get through it the fastest. Funky Dress Up – Before the party, gather a garbage bag full of clothes. Funny, old, retro clothes, bandanna’s, beads, hats shoes and accessories. The Hippier the better! Visit your local thrift shop, salvation army and the closets of family and friends. Gather the guests in a circle, play some 60’s music land pass around an item. Any item with a Funkadelic Feel will do! Whoever is holding the item when the music stops (your controlling the music) must reach in and pull out 1 article of clothing and put it on. Continue on until every girl has at least 4 items on. Its hilarious and not to mention a great photo opportunity.

Menu: Food in the Hippie Era was all about healthy eating – granola, grains and garden fruits and vegetables. Give it a modern twist by having bowls of trail mix and 12 grain sun chips for snacking. Fruit Trays and Vegetable Trays would also work great for this theme. A big fad during the 60’s and 70’s was fondue – both cheese and chocolate. Other food fads, although not as healthy were pigs in a blanket(cocktail wieners baked inside a flaky crust) and macaroni and cheese with a crushed potato chip crust. For beverages you must serve Coke in a can and Tang of course. You can make a Tang punch by simply adding a bottle of 7-up and frozen fruit for garnish. This era introduced the style of Buffet eating. Put out the food, plates & utensils and have everyone help themselves! For dessert serve a large round cake decorated as a Smiley Face or a Peace symbol. All you need is some food colouring to dye the icing and a steady hand to draw the smiley face or the the peace symbol. You can also give your cake a tie dyed look by dropping food coloring on it and then running a toothpick through it in a circular motion, giving it that tie effect. Righteous. Can you dig it?

Fairy Costumes For Halloween

If I could be anything other than the Witch that I am, it would be a Fairy. (Check out this great viking t-shirt) I would then be called the Halloween Kitchen Fairy because I am sure I would still love to cook and bake Halloween recipes. And there would probably be lots of Fairy recipes and cupcake ideas I would share with you. But right now, I want to take a look at some Fairy costumes for Halloween. So…get out the Fairy Dust and let’s get looking!

You can find one of these lovely costumes in womens, womens plus, teens, girls and baby sizes…so no matter how big or small or old or young you are…there are even a couple of fairy costumes for guys…you can get the costume you want this year for Halloween.

What Are Fairies?

What Kind Of Fairy Costumes Are There?

Fairy Costumes For Halloween Come In All Shapes And SizesFairies are magical creatures who have special powers. You can find many stories and explainations and even names for these small beings. The are called Sprites, Fay, Faerie, among others. They are depicted as good and evil depending on which version you are reading. I like to believe they are good…all the Faries I ever met were amazingly kind and sweet creatures. And they were all beautiful, even the dark ones. Yes there are dark fairies, but they aren’t dark as in evil…they are the fairies who protect us in the night. At least, that’s what I believe!

What kind of Fairy Costumes are there? Looking at this lens you will find woodland, blossom, gothic and dark fairies. You will also see some of the fay you are familiar with like the Tooth Fairy, the Fairy Godmother and Tinkerbel…and her friends, Silvermist and Vidia. As you can see there are many different kinds of fairies…so if you see one you don’t recognize don’t be alarmed!

The Littlest Fairy Costume For Kids

Look At This Beautiful Baby Fairy Costume

Look at this beautiful and soft baby costume. The lovely, feathery wings, the halo and your precious baby…put them together and you have the sweetest baby Halloween costume I have ever seen.

Halloween Costume Fairy Wings

You Need Wings For Your Fairy Costume Ideas

Fairies have wings. Some are dark, some are light, some look beautiful and brand new, others might look tattered and torn, some are large and some are small, but all fairy costumes start out with wings. I happen to think that all these wings look beautiful, each in their own way. You can see what I mean in these Fairy Wing Pictures.

Fairy Costumes That Include The Wings

Get A Costume Set For Halloween

Save money and pick a costume that has everything included. It’s more expensive to buy costumes ala carte…get one where all the accessories you need are included. An expensive addition to a fairy costume is the cost of the wings, but with these outfits the wings are included! There’s a picture of everyone’s favorite fairy, Tinkerbell, included in the gallery below.

Dark Fairy Costumes

Girls Like To Dress Up In Fairy Costumes

There are many popular Teen Halloween outfits with a fairy theme. The Dark and Gothic Look have been very popular the last couple of years and that trend will continue. You can see why with the costume pictures below. I think they are amazing.

Girls Fairy Costumes

There Are Many Different Types Of Fae Costumes

Some girls enjoy the magic they feel when the dress up as a fairy. I just happen to be one of those girls! I am a grown up girl with children of her own, yet I can still feel those magical vibes when I am near anything that is sprite like. Everyone knows who Tinkerbell is, she is a Disney character from Peter Pan.

The Woodland Fairy Costume

The Woodland Fairies are usually dressed in fall colors. They live in the woods and forests and the colors they wear help to keep them hidden from strangers. Many wonderful and famous stories include these Woodland Sprites, one of the most famous is William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

The Blossom Fairy Costume

Spring Blossoms Inspired These Costumes

You can see how spring blossoms had to have inspired this costume look. The light, beautiful colors are all found in the flowers of spring. There are outfits for every size girl!

Baby Fairy Costumes

Look At These Adorable Baby Costumes For Halloween

If you have a little girl who fits into baby or toddler size costumes, you have got to see these outfits. The Baby Fairy Costumes are simply beautitful. Pick from colors like pink, blue, lavender and green and dress your little girl up like the sprite she is.

Who Doesn’t Know The Fairy Godmother?

It’s A Fairy Godmother Costume For Halloween

Everyone knows who The Fairy Godmother is…right? It’s a famous character from many old stories, including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The Godmother is the one who helps and watches over these princess characters. And it’s a fun Halloween costume too.

The Tooth Fairy Costume For Adults

Here it is, that famous character who is know for coming and collecting all the teeth that fall out…and if you’ve been good, he usually leaves a gift of somekind…sometimes it’s even money! You can see pictures of the Tooth Fairy costume for men or for women and you can also find the Movie. It’s a fun film for a family movie night.

The Tooth Fairy Is A Costume

The Tooth Fairy is a movie starring Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews and Ashley Judd. Johnson stars as a hockey player who must serve as a Tooth Fairy as punishment for his rough on the ice behavior. He is knicknamed the Tooth Fairy because of all the teeth he has knocked out of other players mouths. It’s a fun film with a great cast…and it’s a funny costume idea too.

Adult Fairy Costumes

Adult Costume Ideas For Halloween

I have listed every kind of Fairy Costume there is and now it’s time for the adults to find some for themselves. Are you like me? Do you always get your kids costumes first and wait until the last minute for one of your own? Well, here’s a fun selection, in fact, they are my favorite grown-up costumes with a fay theme. So go ahead, get one and be a Sprite!

Magic Wands For Fairies

Every Fairy should have a magic wand and here many for you to pick from. There are even packages of them to use as a party favor or goodie bag item.

Spider Fairy Costumes Are A Great Choice For Halloween

Halloween and Spider Fairy costumes go perfect together for the women or girls who like a dark costume theme. Take a look at these fun dress up ideas.

Dog Costumes For Halloween

Get A Fairy Costume For Your Dog

Cute as can be Fairy costumes for your pooch. Look at these fun Halloween ideas for your canine pal. Choose from the pink and purple design, the Woodland Fairy in blue or the green Tinkerbell.

Sewing tips for a successful project

Sewing- whether executed by hand or machine- has always been a highly enjoyable hobby, with tips and patterns that are often passed down from generation to generation. Regardless of your level of expertise, there is no denying that sewing remains a much-coveted hobby that can easily be turned into a successful business. Indeed, once you master the art of sewing, you can very easily make a plethora of crafts and clothes in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the financial benefits as you put them up for sale or keep them for your personal use. For example, instead of buying a really expensive designer dress, you can easily replicate it at home, with just some thread, needle and fabric. Best of all, sewing enables you to customize your favorite clothes or decorative accents.

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Create a neat and spacious workplace

Admittedly, there are quite a few tips and techniques that you should master if you want to benefit from a successful sewing project. To successfully see your project to term, it is equally important to determine in advance if you plan on sewing by hand or with a machine, and then adopt the proper techniques for each type of sewing. For example, it is highly recommended to create a neat and relatively spacious workplace to finish your project with minimal hassle. If possible, try to invest in holders or boxes or your spare needles, pins, thread bobbins and the likes.

Seam finishes for hand stitches

Contrary to popular belief, there are quite a few finishing techniques that you can adopt if you’re sewing by hand. In fact, experienced sewers always recommend that you finish machine stitches by hand to bring a professional and highly-polished look to your project. This particular tip will ensure that your seams do not unravel with time while delivering a solid finish to your project.

Accessories and tools

If you’re using a machine to sew, it’s not a bad idea to look for a machine with a wider work surface that will accommodate all fabric sizes. In fact, some apparatuses even include separate extension tables for storage. If they can, sewers should also try to invest in a machine cover to protect it from dust and enhance its performance. When sewing by hand, you should preferably buy a thimble, especially if you’re working with tougher pieces of fabrics. Other must-have accessories including bobbins, scissors, spare needles and bobbin holders.

The best types of stitches

There are several types of stitches that you can adopt for a successful

  • Basting stitch: This temporary stitch is commonly used to hold together various cuts of fabrics. A sewing machine is often used to finish up the project. The basting stich is removed afterwards.
  • Securing stitch: One of the best seam finishes, the securing stitch prevents your work from unravelling while providing far more secure hems and edges. Small, invisible knots are created all across the hems to ensure that the project doesn’t fall apart. Securing stitches are recommended for all types of fabrics.
  • Blind hem stitch: While some machines do come with blind hem stitches, it is also possible to do this type of stitch by hand. Blind hems- like the name suggests- are ideal for hemming, cuffs and collars. They can be used on just about any type of fabric.
  • Backstitch: Perfect for denim, leather and other such fabric, the backstitch can be used for seam repairs or to prevent tougher fabrics from unravelling. When doing a backstitch, it is recommended to start from the right and sew towards the left side of the fabric.

Working with denim: The Essentials

Working with denim differs from working with regular fabrics because of the overall thickness of this fabric. From the proper sewing machines to laundry or even sewing tips, here are a few points to consider when working with denim.

Caring for denim

It would certainly be a shame to see all of your hard work go to waste because you didn’t take the time and effort to properly care for your denim. To extend the longevity of your denim clothes, it is recommended to turn the clothes inside out before adding them to the laundry. If you’re washing a pair of jeans, you might want to add a cup or half a cup of vinegar to your laundry soap to intensify the color. Since the color tends to run during washing, always be sure to wash denim separately from all of your other clothes.

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Invest in the proper accessories

Thick denim does require bigger needles that can pierce through the fabric without snapping. It is important to bear in mind that denim can very easily dull your needle so be sure to always keep some spare ones in your storage box. If you’re working with heavy-duty denim, be sure to buy a size 100/16 needle. If you’re working with light and stretch denim, it’s preferable to go for a 75/11 needle. Beginners will be glad to learn that most stores do carry specialty needles that are exclusively designed for denim. These normally feature a far sharper and longer tip that can very easily pierce through the weaves of your fabric. In fact, this needle comes with a larger eye which makes it even easier for you to thread the needle. This can also be used to accommodate topstitching threads.

Get the right thread

The best type of thread for denim is polyester since it is extremely durable and does not fray with time. However, if you prefer to use cotton thread, you should preferably go for a polyester thread that has been wrapped in cotton. This will ensure that your thread does not break or unravel. For topstitching, it is advisable to use decorative thread. If you plan on sewing several layers of denim at the same time, don’t hesitate to use a roller presser foot to facilitate this task.

Sewing machines for denim

When working with denim, always try to invest in a heavy-duty machine to protect both the machine and the fabric. The recommended models are:

  • SINGER 20U109 Zig Zag Straight Reverse Industrial Sewing Machine: One of the most professional sewing apparatuses on the market, this heavy-duty machine can deliver a large variety of stitches including heavy-duty and zig zag. This apparatus comes complete with the motor and table. It costs between $900 and $1000.
  • Sailrite Heavy-Duty Ultrafeed® LSZ-1: Priced between $800 and $900, this sewing machine is ideal for denim because it comes with a Power Plus Balance Wheel that delivers twice as much power as a regular sewing machine. The presser foot is extra-wide and comes with a built-in piping tunnel.
  • Juki LU-1508NS Single Needle Unison Feed Lock Stitch Machine: This heavy-duty sewing machine costs between $2000 and $3000 and is idea for more experienced sewers who often work with denim and heavier fabrics. It comes with a variety of features that will help you benefit from more polished results. For example, it even includes a thread trimming system as well as an automatic needle threader. The needles are appropriately thick and large enough to penetrate thicker fabrics and even sew two different layers at the same time. It is ideal for both home and industrial use.