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Learn the Basics of a CNC Router

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CNC router desks are utilized in cutting wood, metal or plastic, which depend on the piece of equipment. They are used in sign making or common routing works. The routers function as engraving device. This adaptability allows you to get more benefits from the machine.

The awareness in these machineries for use at home and little shops has developed rapidly in current years. Since people happen to be conscious of the versatility and correctness, the demand for the machines also increases. Several people are selecting used equipment in order to save some amount of money, while possessing the machine.

Even though they are still costly for majority of users, there are strategies available in the internet to create your individual table. These save some money and will allow you to select sizes from 15 x 15 to 50 x 60 inches, in accordance to your needs.

Advantages of using a CNC router

With the help of CNC router, you may create projects that are too difficult to complete or takes too much effort and time to finish the work. This entails the cutting of complicated designs and making metal inlays in a wood. Intricate designs appear accurate and smooth. You may do things which you can not be able to do with your hands.

These equipments are great in making furniture. You can be able to get specialized results all the time. The software will allow you in programming the depth for every pass for even improved results. You may engrave everything from big signs to very little lettering. These equipments are extremely versatile and simple to use, after you have been taught regarding the software.

Smaller equipments function on 120 current and may run on usual household current. These machines are the finest choice to be used in home workshops. The motors are usually either 1 or 2 horsepower. The smaller, table top forms are less costly, costing around seven thousand dollars if new, as compared to bigger machines costing twenty thousand dollars. A second-hand machine is less expensive, costing around three thousand five hundred dollars.

Buying a Used CNC Router

Buying a second-hand CNC router is a big worth for your money. You may save around fifty percent or more as compared to the price of a brand new machine. Do some research before buying, you may find the best machine if you take time in shopping. Always remember that used machine can not be able to work fast as compared to brand new machines. However, this will not matter in small shops.

Several used equipments were reconditioned. The piece of equipment is examined and all damaged parts are substituted. You have to ask regarding the work done by the router. You must find out the repair done and what parts were replaced. Ask regarding the warranty; some come with a warranty of one year which is a great advantage to you.

You must find out also about the aid that the company will offer. Some companies will offer support in the installation and will train you in the use of the software. This is essential if you were not able to use any software before. Search for professional suggestions and support. If ever possible, opt for a dealer which offers continues support. Ensure that you can get a copy of the manual for the router. You will surely need the information enclosed in the guide for maintenance and operation of the machine.

Source by Novia Bautista

A Book Review – Educational Leadership in Pakistan: Ideals and Realities

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All about the Book

This is the first ever book on educational leadership, published in Pakistan. Dr. Jan-e-Alam Khaki and Dr. Qamar Safdar are the editors of this book. The book consists of a series of empirical studies undertaken by qualified educational researchers in Pakistan, associated directly or indirectly with AKU-IED. There are various thought provoking and insightful topics in this book; each complements our learning experiences. The book is divided into four sections and fourteen chapters; each section and chapter is intertwined with each other and illuminates issues and its remedial measures. Section one describes the development of education leadership in Pakistan. The second sections deals with the Diversity of Leadership: perceptions and practices of leadership in Pakistan. The third session looks at the role of the educational change agents, and the fourth sections explores the future prospects of educational leadership in Pakistan. In order to get in-depth insights from the book, we decided to focus on first two sections and reviewed initial six chapters.

In first chapter, Dr. Sajid Ali and Muhammad Babur highlight the issues and nature of governance during pre and post independence. Structure of education during British and after independence is analytically compared. Chapter indicates that involvement of educational leadership is missing in both periods, causing various issues in education system, ineffective management and indistinct teaching methodologies, etc. In the second chapter, Zubaida Bana reflects upon the understanding of effective leadership. Using the Katha (storytelling) approach, she starts the discussion pints of a headteacher who imaginatively discovers the meanings in allegories and metaphors in order to understand the roles and responsibilities of an effective education leader in his/her school. Katha of leadership described in this chapter stimulates our minds that every person has the capacity to lead. Some may lead in wider space; others may lead in smaller landscape.

The third chapter is all about of a female pedagogical leader’s journey in a traditional context in Pakistan. The writer reflects upon the critical incidents, she came across in her personal to professional life, which helped or impede her way to become a pedagogical leader. The notion of ‘leader as a bridge between management and stakeholders’ and ‘leader as a life-long learner’ is evident from her story. In the fourth chapter, Qamar Safdar explores the roles of two effective headteachers of early years in two private schools. The writer reflects on the capacity and ability for the overall development of children. The chapter 5, deals with an ethnographic study conducted by Mola Dad Shafa in a rural context of northern areas of Pakistan. The author discusses the challenges the headteachers faced and the way addressed them. The chapter six, ‘Effective School Leadership Practices’ is a doctorial research of Dr. Jan-e-Alam Khaki. In this case study, Khaki explores the roles and beliefs of three effective secondary school headteachers and their influences on the teaching and learning practices in schools.

Key Learning from the Book

Being a student of Teacher Education, I was very unfamiliar with different kinds of leadership and its characteristics. The very first time, in our PL course, I heard the terms instructional, moral, transformational, participative, managerial, contingent and pedagogical leadership. But these terms were not much clear to me; I mostly thought them as just theories with no connection with practical life of a leader. This book review provided me with access not only to understand and differentiate in different kinds of leadership, but also relate it with real-life situations.

I have learnt many new things about effective leadership from this book, but due toe limited word limit I will describe some crux of it. While analyzing the first chapter of the book, I feel the same that governance and planning has the role in deteriorated education system in Pakistan. It takes a lot of time in planning and framing the policy, then sending it to the national assembly and senate for debate and translating it into the law. Then piloting of the policy takes long time and when it comes to be implementation, the government gets changed and so the policy. It creates the environment of despair, but when I go through the second chapter (Katha of Leadership), it gives a hope. Here, I learnt that nothing is unachievable in this world. Every person is capable to contribute in the process of change and everyone has capacity to lead. We should not stay waiting for any cosmos power to come to help us; it is high time for everyone to come forward and lead.

The third chapter of the book was the most inspiring and learning factor for me. Here, I learned that how a person (particularly a woman), with her/his strong will, sincerity and zeal breaks the chains of traditional rules. While reading that article, I was deeply thinking that someone has to initiate and take the first step toward the collective development. This article took me in my own context, where female is still considered as the property of the man and only the reproductive machine. Education, even the good food is the sole right of male child. Here, my elder sister (who could not get education herself) by sending her daughter into school, proved herself as traditional rule breaker. Some of other females start following her foot-steps by sending their daughters to the schools. Ten years back, there was no single literate girl in my village, but due to that small step, more than forty to fifty girls have completed their primary education so far. Besides it, I also learnt that leader is life-long learner. He/she learns through self-reflection and negotiating and discussing the issues with others and seeking guidance from them.

Overall, this book serves as a pioneer of exploring our thinking about our own role as a leader and proves to be a best resource for the policy makers to develop alternative approaches to deal with school and teaching and learning practices.


This book very obviously describes the role of leadership and management in an educational organization. A leader being a role model should motivate and encourage the staff because performance and commitment of people employed in any organization makes it effective. Through critical analysis of the book, I came to know that this book possesses stories and cases from Pakistani context so many of the ideas suit my own. So, it would be easier for my future role as a teacher educator to deal with the school management and leadership related issues in an effective manner.

Source by Muzaffar Shah

Why You Should be a Non – Stop Learning Machine

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Webster’s defines learning as “To gain knowledge comprehension or mastery through experience or study.”

I have a question that I would like you to consider. The answer has to be very honest. How many books have you read in the last month? The last three months? The last year? To show you that I practice what I preach – I can tell you that I read four books per month, twelve books a quarter and about 48 to 50 books a year. It may not seem like much but in a twenty-year period that is over 800 books! Here is the point- some of that knowledge has to sink into my brain.

Unfortunately, many people in our society once they have graduated from high school or college just quit learning. They say to themselves “no more homework” and “I never have to read another book again!” They are done. Interestingly, commencement doesn’t mean “finished” it means “to start.” At some point these people get stagnant and eventually may lose motivation. Why? They aren’t staying fresh and giving the brain of theirs the old workout.

What is a Learner?

What is a learner? To me a learner is someone who has an incredible thirst for knowledge. I think that learners can be identified by the following activities and characteristics:

oThey read books As a continuous learner, you must read constantly. I have a rule that I have made for myself. During the year I only read books which are non-fiction, mainly “how to” books and books on motivation and success. When I am on vacation or during time off and holidays, I read fictional novels and enjoy the “mind candy” they provide. As a suggestion, you may want to set up a plan for your reading. Decide on how many books you are going to read every month and mark them in your planner. At the end of each month take out the planner (or P.D.A.) and check your progress. Part of your plan should also be to decide on a reading strategy. Decide what areas you need to improve in and then create a list of books that could possibly help in those areas. If you don’t know of any books on that topic, go to and do a search, or search the computer at your local library by topic.

oThey ask others Ask other people that you know and respect about what books they are reading or have read that have had an impact on them. Write down their suggestion and head to your nearest local bookstore.

One of the barriers to reading a large amount of books, is the fact that they are just so darned expensive. There are some creative ways around that:

oBudget for it I am sure that you budget for other items- it would be reasonable to budget for your own self improvement.

oGet a library card Most towns have a local library where books can be checked out, for little or no cost. You will then have the ability to check out books by the dozen.

oWatch for sales My local “big chain” bookstore has a whole “bargain book area”, where books can be bought for amazingly low prices.

oFind your local used book store Most communities have a local used book store, In my area there are two great used book stores and I can buy 5-6 books for the price of one new hardcover. One other bonus these stores have, character that the big book chain store can’t create.

oFlea Markets and Thrift Shops I have found many great titles for my library at Flea Markets and thrift shops. I have bought many classic books for ridiculously low prices.

oBuying Online There are several great web sites where you can buy books. Sites like, Barnes and are easy to use and the best feature are their search capabilities. You can search for books by subject, title and author. Lastly the prices are fairly competitive and shipping is fairly quick.

We have determined that learners read, but there are other activities that learners embrace on a regular basis:

o They Search the Net You can use the Internet as a source of information and research. By using many of the search engines and meta-search engines, you can locate tons of valuable information on the net. The Net is an amazing mix of websites, research, magazine articles, and commercial services that you can subscribe to for a fee. The only frustration that I have found with the Net, is knowing exactly where to find the information. Because of the overwhelming amount of information, it makes sense to learn how to search the web as efficiently as possible. There are many great books on the market, which teach you Internet search strategies. For example the way a topic is entered on a search engine can change the results. The topic with quotation marks around it can change the results from the search, with no quotation marks. The rules are different with each search engine. Crazy isn’t it?

oAsk Questions I want you to think of A.S.K. Ask So you will Know. When a subject comes up and you don’t understand something, ask! I have worked with many people in the world who will not ask a question and will pretend that they know. The only way that you can get smarter is by seeking out information, which you do not understand. Seek out S.M.E.’s (subject matter experts) and tap into their expertise. My uncle, Scott Camp is the consummate “asker.” He is always asking questions. We don’t see each other often, but when we do he wants to know what is going on in my life and work. When I tell him about my work and life, he then asks tons of questions. He is a human sponge who soaks up information at a rapid rate, and he is very smart. Why? Because he is a non-stop continuous learning machine. He understands that the more questions he asks, the more he will learn.

oRead Periodicals and Magazines Continuous learners subscribe to and read many different magazines every month, on many diverse topics. I highly recommend reading the magazines of your industry, magazines about business and magazines that are about success and motivation. I also would encourage you to read magazines that relate to topics that are hobbies, or you are passionate about. You should be reading about what cutting edge companies are doing and what leading thinkers are thinking about. Reading about other people’s success stories is very uplifting and motivating because when you read about people like you who have accomplished amazing things, it confirms the belief that anything is possible. You will read it and then say to yourself, “If they can do that why can’t I?”

oWatch Videos/CD ROM’s I don’t think there are many topics available that don’t have CD/ROM’s, that can help you learn about a topic or even gain new skills. For example if you want to learn how to type or even how to type faster, there are many computer programs and CD/ROM’s that are on the market. These programs work well because they allow you to practice and even give you feedback. I hear people say at times “well I couldn’t do that I don’t know how to …” well come on wake up world! If you don’t know LEARN NOW. You cannot allow the limitations of the knowledge you have now to stand in your way.

oListen to tapes Every year in our country, people drive thousands of miles, literally hundreds of hours and they listen to the radio. I have a question. How much will you learn by listening to one hundred hours of your favorite radio “shock jock”? I would say not much. I also think radio won’t help you get motivated, or stay motivated because radio can be the opposite; negative, mean spirited, and depressing. The old garbage in, garbage out, formula applies. As much as your local morning DJ is entertaining, in my opinion you are wasting precious learning time. Decide what topics you want to learn about and find audiotapes on that topic. Some people have referred to their cars as their “rolling classroom.” There are many different types of audiotapes. There are “how to” audios, motivational titles featuring well known speakers and biographies, just to name a few categories. Maximize your time by taking advantage of your driving time.

oSeminars There are many great companies that travel around the country. They conduct one, two, and three day seminars. Keep an eye out for these seminars as they are offered publicly. The seminars are generally high quality and reasonable in price.

oTraining Programs Many corporations and organizations offer training programs as part of employee development. If your company offers training, sign up for as many courses as you can. In general these programs are well developed, tested and are conducted by training professionals. Take advantage of these great programs.

oEmployee Education Assistance Many corporations also offer educational benefits for employees. These programs often offer reimbursement for educational courses and often will pay for a percentage up to 100%. Find out if your employer offers this benefit.

oCommunity Schools There are many schools in various communities that offer many non degree classes. They have a great variety of classes in many subjects. Find out what is offered in your town and find out how to enroll. The other advantage of these kinds of programs, is that they are often very inexpensive.

Why You Should Keep Learning

The bottom line is that the world is going through rapid change and you should be willing to reinvent yourself every year. Because the world will not stay the same, you can’t stay the same.

Let’s take the example of Warren Sapp, a defensive lineman for the world champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the 2002 season, Warren Sapp was the sharpest that he had ever been and helped take his team to the playoffs. The year before Warren had had a bad season, he was trying to figure out why. He studied tapes in the off season and made a determination, that he had gotten “fat and lazy” (his words) and apathetic. He decided that he had to get better. In the off season he dieted, worked out, lost weight, and was in the best shape of his life. If a Pro Bowl quality level player is willing to reinvent himself each year, shouldn’t you?

Every year you have to be a better, faster, smarter version of yourself. Just like new computer software, every year you have to upgrade to a better version of you. You have to be a You 1.0, and then a You 2.0 and then a You 3.0. be willing to upgrade!

Remember if you are not growing you are slowing!

Source by Shawn Doyle

The Python Book of Programming

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If you are wishing to learn programming and you want to be an expert by learning the basics and develop a better understanding then you must get the Python Book of programming language. This book is perfect for those people who want to self-teach without enrolling themselves in a class for learning what programming is.

The book has got a flexible script which makes it easier for the person to understand the basics. A programmer can start from scratch and become a pro with time with the help of this book. Those who want to get a good grip of what programming language is should get the Python books. Even a beginner can get a good grip of the fundamentals of programming with this book as it covers all the aspects of the language in depth. All areas that are essential for a beginner to learn have been explained. Those who know programming can also be benefited from this book as they can polish their skills and revise the concepts. A beginner would need to go through all the content but if you are an experienced programmer, you can also skip the sections that you already know.

Apart from just the "how to" approach the book also contains tricks and productive coding techniques that can be really time saving for the programmer. With this book in consultation, you will not have to go through other books in order to understand the concepts in details. The book is thorough in itself. There is not just plain text in the book, it also contains charts, graphics and picture references for developing a better understanding of the concepts.

The book has got strict instructions for the readers. Traditional as well as operational perspectives of programming are not the only subjects that are covered, the book also includes improvements as well as changes in these perspectives. It also includes recommendations for debugging and there are also notes at the end of each module.

Reading the book is comfortable enough as it has got all the references that one might need. Although there are many programming books available in the market but there is one thing that is not going to change and it's the trend of reading the Python book of programming. This book is certainly the must haves for all those programmers who wish to keep some reference while programming. It is not just meant for the beginners but also the most experienced programmers can need it as a reference material. Whatever you need will be easy to look up and it will prove to be a really great hand book for you. Look for the book on the internet and purchase it now to make it a helping hand in programming.

Source by Tara Malik

Book Binding Techniques – Some Tips and Ideas on How to Book Bind

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If you are dealing with a lot of reports and papers every now and then or you are someone itching to learn a few book binding techniques so you can restore your old book or your magazine collection that are now starting to shed its pages.

Indeed, a knowledge on book binding and learning several practical tips in binding a book is a useful skill. In fact, you can even make money out of your knowledge in bookbinding. Not just only in restoring old books and compiling your reports and similar documents, but you can also offer bookbinding services to earn money from it.

To help you get started, it is important to learn every thing you can on bookbinding. Also make sure you know what are the materials that you will be needing in a certain type of bookbinding. You don’t have to get yourself some complicated binding machines especially if it is your first time in learning some book binding techniques. You can settle by learning few do-it-yourself book-binding projects to help you master this useful skill.

Stitching is one book binding technique where the edge or spine of the book is stitched to join the pages together. This is commonly used in bookbinding, as it can be durable and lasts longer.

Aside from stitching, you can also staple the folds of the pages that you are to bind. This is one of the simplest and easiest book binding techniques that you can use especially in not-so-thick pages such as pamphlets and notebooks. Comic books are often bound this way as well.

Spiral binding is also one of the good book binding techniques which are suitable for books with pages that need to be opened wide without damaging its spine. It is also suitable for thick pages such as atlas, flip charts, calendars and notebooks.

Comb binding is also one of the book binding techniques that is fast, easy and ideal for office use especially those that require fast bookbinding. This technique is often used for books and compilations that need constant refilling of pages. This punch and bind technique in binding books is also made easier and convenient with a comb binding machine where punching and binding is done in just a few minutes.

You can also use thermal binding for your book making or repairing needs. Thermal binding uses thermal covers to bind pages together without even punching holes in it. Heating is also done in this process to make the pages stick together.

Indeed, there a lot of ways to help you bind your documents and papers. You can have a choice of doing it by hand, sewing or stitching it, or you can also do it through a machine. Especially if you are trying to restore an old book and you are fixing its pages or its spine, it is important to learn a few bookbinding techniques that will allow you to make your books looking new.

Source by Carolyn Anderson

How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Is Disrupting Financial Services

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With big data software companies and cloud providers using up a large amount of data, there has been a substantial increase in the practical application of AI.

Artificial intelligence is already being applied in a lot of fields to perform a specific task such as medical diagnosis, remote sensing, electronic trading and robot control.

Financial institutions have longed used an artificial neural network to detect system changes and abnormal claims while alerting and flagging them for human to investigate.

Many banks are making use of artificial intelligence systems to maintain book-keeping, organize operations, manage properties and invest in stock.

Artificial intelligent defined as a theory and development of computer systems to perform tasks normally associated with humans such as decision-making, visual perception, and speech recognition has been in existence for a long time.

With advancements in computational hardware, big data, and machine learning, artificial intelligence is becoming more powerful and useful every day.

Recent advances in artificial intelligence have ushered in a new era in finance and within a short period of time, big data and machine learning have yielded breakthrough that resulted in improved customer experience and productivity.

Software plays a huge role in this breakthrough and there still remain a lot of challenges to solve. There is a need for software to be designed and optimized to fully take the advantage of the features of the underlying hardware to improve performance. There is also need for libraries, framework and other tools to be streamlined in other to accelerate the development process. Some of these problems have been solved because of the advance in GPU.

Here are a few areas in finance that artificial intelligence is already having an impact:

• Financial service providers and banks are deploying AI to help predict and plan the way customers manage their money and thus making AI an integral part of business development strategy.

• The capability of smart machines to turn data into customer insights and improve services is transforming the digital experience. By utilizing complex algorithms and machine learning, AI can process thousands of structured and unstructured data points and because finance professionals heavily depend on data, this capability can significantly impact how they do their jobs.

• Auditors feel freeing of responsibilities due to automation potential provided by artificial intelligence. They are using AI to automate time-consuming and manual activities, giving them time to focus on more important job. AI can help auditors to review contract and document faster by employing machine learning technology that can find key phrases from documents that take a lot of time to decipher or interpret. Currently, AI can process language in a document and produce relevant results, this has played a crucial role in improving productivity.

• Data-driven management decision at low cost is ushering in a new style of management and in the future, managers will able to question machines instead of human expert. Machines will analyze data and make a recommendation that team leaders will base their decision upon.

• Embedded application in end-user devices and financial institution servers can analyze a large volume of data, providing customized forecasts and financial advice. Applications like this can also help to track progress, develop financial plans and strategies.

• Personalization is a major area where many banks are already experimenting with various ways to match services and products for customers. AI can help customers to simplify money management process and make a recommendation for upgrade by matching algorithms.

In conclusion, financial service providers need to pay attention to AI as the technology continues to evolve and become more mainstream. The way businesses innovate and implement major strategies are shifting, corporate organization needs to embrace AI in other to fully take the advantage the trend.

Source by Michael Young

Sewing Machine Repair Manual – What Does Tony Asef's Sewing Machine Repair Book Include?

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Learning how to repair your own sewing machine is a worthy skill since it can save you a lot of money. However, a sewing machine is a tricky apparatus which is made up of many parts like: bobbin, needle bar, motor, drive belt, hand wheel, levers, and more. So knowing how to fix a sewing machine is not the easiest thing in the world, though once you get the hang of it it's not so difficult. One sewing machine repair manual is the one written by Tony Asef who has over 25 years of experience.

The How To Repair Sewing Machines at Home manual is a 70+ pages e-book about how to do repairs in the comfort of your own home. This e-book details how to fix many brands like Singer, Brother, Bernina, Pfaff, Viking, Juki, and more. The e-book includes many diagrams and is very easy to understand.

As this sewing machine repair book costs 39.95 $ only, if it only saves you a single trip to a store, you've already made your only back and more. If you sew regularly, this is a worthy investment which you should definitely make.

Apart from fixing breakdowns, this sewing machine repair manual also teaches how to turn this skill into a profitable home business. You may find it surprising, but a lot of individuals have turned this into a handsome home business. Indeed, you can make a few hundreds of dollars each month by repairing other people's machines. With this sewing machine repair training manual, you learn how to get customers and expand your business.

As you see, How To Repair Sewing Machines at Home can teach you many things about how to take your sewing machines skill to a new level.

Source by Rachel Newman

Basic Sewing Information For Beginners

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Learning a new hobby or craft is exciting. One popular crafting skill is sewing. Sewing can not only be a beneficial skill, it's just plain fun to learn and do. The word itself can take on several diverse meanings; from hemming a skirt to designing and creating your own wardrobe of clothing. Many people think that sewing must be extremely difficult to master, but honestly, if you can read and thread a needle you can most likely learn to sew. Given the right basic instructions and with enough practice just about anyone can learn to sew.

Now that you've decided to learn a bit about the basics of sewing as a hobby, perhaps you're wondering where to find the right lessons or instructions. One very easy and popular way to learn to sew is by taking a local class at a fabric or sewing machine sales store. Many craft store offer sewing classes from beginner to advanced skill levels. Very often the fees to sign up for the classes are minimal, and you sometimes may receive discounts on merchandise as well.

Another avenue to look into finding sewing classes may be at your community college where adult continuing education classes are offered. You can meet new friends with similar interests as yourself while learning a new craft.

For most folks, learning to sew and construct useful items for the home is taught to them as children from mothers, grandmothers or other older family members. If you have friends or family who already know how to sew, ask them to show you where to start. They may be willing to give you basic sewing lessons, or be the person you call when you're stuck on a sewing project and can not make something work the way it should in the pattern.

With the wonderful online world we live in now days, there's an abundance of information available on the internet for learning how to sew. A simple search will glean you page after page of links to free and paid online sewing lessons and tutorials. Do not forget the most obvious sewing resource, books. Your local library most likely has all of the information you need to get you started. too can provide you with new and used reference books on the art of sewing.

When you start to delve into the world of sewing, you'll notice that there is a specific jargon involved. Most crafts have their own language and sewing is no different. Once you learn what certain words and phrases mean, learning to read patterns and understand the process of sewing will no longer be so overwhelming.

Your first sewing craft project should be an easy, basic one that will take you step by step through the process so that you learn one skill at a time. You may consider making a simple pillow for your couch or bed, or sometimes an easy to sew skirt for yourself or friend. There are also many craft projects that involve sewing that may be fun for you and at the same time allow you to learn new sewing skills.

So often when we learn a new craft we become so excited about the idea of ​​creating that we go out and spend a ton of money on the biggest and best gadgets and machines out there. In the case of sewing, however, that's just not required. All you really need is a simple sewing machine and basic sewing essentials like patterns, fabric, a measuring tape, scissors, pins etc. Remember, you're just getting started with sewing, and you may find along the way that it's just not your cup of tea. And once you really know what you're doing, you'll know exactly what you need and do not need to be a top notch sewing crafter.

No matter how large or small your sewing goals may be, with practice you can learn to sew. Sewing is not a hard skill to take on, so get out there and learn how. Just think of all the wonderful things you can create with your own two hands and some fabric!

Source by Sherry Frewerd

Sewing 101: An Overview for Beginners

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There are so many advantages to learning how to sew. It’s relaxing, creative and fun. Being able to mend ripped and torn clothing will save you money. And once you develop your sewing skills, you can make a little extra on the side doing sewing projects for other people.

So what does a beginner need to know before getting serious about sewing? Here are a few things you’ll need to think about.

Learning How to Sew

Learning how to sew can seem intimidating, especially if you’ve rarely, if ever, picked up a sewing needle. But no matter how much sewing experience you have, there are countless ways to begin or continue your sewing education.

Taking a class is a quick way to learn about the art and craft of sewing. There is probably a local community college or community center in your area that offers sewing courses. Classes for beginners usually meet once a week for up to six weeks, and focus on teaching basic terms and techniques, giving you a solid foundation to build on. If you’re lucky, you can take one of these classes for free. But even if you have to pay a small fee, what you learn will make the cost worthwhile.

Books can also help you develop your sewing knowledge. If you’ve never really sewn before, learning specific techniques from a book can be a challenge. But books can teach you about different techniques, important definitions, different types of sewing, the wide array of fabrics there are to choose from, and so on.

Online video tutorials are another great learning tool. Not only do you get to hear someone explain a technique, you also get to see the technique in action. And, when it comes to sewing, being able to see how something is actually done can make all of the difference.

Choosing a Sewing Machine for Beginners

Choosing a new sewing machine can be pretty exciting, whether you’re a beginner, a novice, or a sewing pro. And it can be hard not to give in to temptation and buy the fanciest, most feature-loaded machine available.

However, for a newbie, buying an overpowered sewing machine isn’t the best idea. Instead, you need a machine that’s easy to learn and easy to use. So choose a high quality model that’s basic and simple.

Once you get your sewing machine home, start learning all you can about it. Read the owner’s manual from cover to cover. Search online for information about your specific model. Learn the name, function and purpose of every part and piece, from the bobbins to the presser foot. The better you know your sewing machine, the faster you’ll learn to use it.

Think About Supplies

Sewing is a pastime that involves a lot of supplies and equipment. And learning about the supplies you’ll need, and what each tool is used, is almost as important as learning about your sewing machine.

One of the first things you should do is put together a hand sewing kit. Yes, you plan to do most of your sewing on your sewing machine. But you will still find it necessary to do a lot of sewing by hand. Besides, hand sewing can be a relaxing way to pass the time, whether you’re enjoying a relaxing afternoon at home, or enduring a boring wait in the doctor’s office.

So what do you need in your hand sewing kit?  First you’ll need hand sewing needles of every shape and size. A needle threader will also come in handy, because trying to thread a tiny needle without one can be an exercise in frustration. And, to protect your fingers from being jabbed by pointy needles, you should also have a thimble or two.

Other supplies that should be in your hand sewing kit include shears, straight pins, fabric marking pens, a seam ripper, a tape measure and, of course, thread.

A Sewing Room

For many, a sewing room is a relaxing retreat where they can go to sew in peace and quiet. However, having a sewing room serves another purpose. You don’t want your supplies spread throughout the house. You want one place to store all of your supplies so that it’s organized and easy to find.

Is there a room in your house that can be dedicated to sewing? This can be a guest bedroom that never gets used, an attic that’s been converted to living space, or a storage room (preferably with a window) that can be quickly cleaned out.

If you can’t dedicate a specific room to sewing, you can still lay claim to a corner of a room that sees limited use. This can be the garage, a basement, or a home office.

For a newbie, stepping into the world of sewing can seem overwhelming. There’s just so much to learn! But, instead of trying to learn everything all at once, focus on learning the basics. And trust that, the more you sew, the more you’ll learn.

Source by Jan H Roos

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