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Four Ways To Prevent Fraying

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Ways To Prevent Fraying

Grosgrain ribbon is inexpensive and easy to find, but it has the nasty habit of fraying at cut ends. That can make your finished product look cheap — not to mention it can make the project fall apart. You must protect the ends somehow without changing the look of the ribbon. Here are four ways to stop grosgrain from creating unwanted fringe and fuzz on your project.      Test First Before diving in and applying one of the remedies, test it first. Grosgrain ribbon will react differently depending on the material it’s made from. Take a snippet of ribbon and apply a few different fixes to see what happens before you apply the ribbon to your project. Heat Treatment This works quite well for synthetic grosgrain. You aren’t trying to burn the ends, but you want to make them melt just enough to seal the ribbon. You can use a lighter or candle to provide the flame; a candle will be more secure because you can set the candle in a holder on a table while holding the ribbon steady in both hands, rather than trying to balance the ribbon in one hand and the lighter in the other. Don’t let the ribbon touch the flame; you’re not trying to add a charred color. Slowly move the ribbon toward the flame and stop when the heat makes the ends soft. You’ll see the ends of the threads in the ribbon dissolve. This can happen rather quickly, so don’t look away. Give the ribbon a few minutes to cool down and harden. Clear Nail Polish A classic remedy for sealing pretty much anything, clear nail polish works well when you have time to let the polish dry. Pin the ribbon to something so that the end is suspended in the air. Brush a bit of nail polish along the ends. Don’t bring the polish onto the flat surface of the ribbon. Let air dry. Commercial Sprays and Dips You can buy sprays and dips that seal the ends but test these first on scraps. Sometimes the ribbon color can change a bit, and you want to be sure the finished product won’t have any unintended shading. Sewing If you don’t want to mess with heat or chemicals, you can always fold the end of the ribbon over and sew it as if you were hemming it. This can be a bit tough for ribbon ends cut into V shapes, but it works well for plain, straight ends. The tricky part involves matching the thread color to the ribbon color. If you’d like more solutions for fraying ribbon, visit craft stores and bookbinding supply stores. Grosgrain is used in so many artistic fields that the staff at the stores will be well aware of what works best with the ribbon they...

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Pros And Cons Of Acoustic Versus Electric Guitar Lessons

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Acoustic Versus Electric Guitar Lessons

Whether you’re planning to join a band, approaching a mid-life crisis, or just looking for a musical hobby, guitar lessons are a popular and affordable option. The two main types of guitar are electric and acoustic, and each one has individual traits to recommend it depending on your circumstances. Here are the pros and cons of learning electric versus acoustic guitar. Electric guitar: Let’s be honest, electric guitar lessons can really boost your coolness. But musically speaking it can offer some unique positive characteristics as well. These pros include: An extensive dynamic range, which is ideal for maximum musical contrast. Easier playing technique for beginners because the strings are softer and the neck is often narrower than an acoustic guitar’s. Your neighbors or family might prefer that you learn electric guitar; you can use headphones so they won’t hear a thing! The electric guitar isn’t perfect, though. You’ll want to be fully informed of the possible downsides before you begin lessons. Cons of learning the electric guitar may include: Money; if you don’t have a significant amount of cash to spend on not only the guitar itself but also cables and amplifiers, you probably can’t afford this hobby. If you can’t stand headphones, the acoustic guitar may be a better choice for you because it’s much quieter and less likely to annoy crotchety neighbors. The electric guitar requires a power hookup, meaning that you can’t pull it out for an impromptu serenade on a picnic; you can only play it near an outlet or extension cord. Acoustic guitar: The acoustic guitar has a much longer history than the electric guitar, and it’s used in several different types of music such as country, folk, and bluegrass. This gives you a wide variety of options for choosing music to perform. Some of the pros of learning acoustic guitar include: This is a relatively inexpensive instrument that doesn’t require extra equipment. The acoustic guitar works all by itself with no electricity, so it can be great entertainment in a blackout or for an unplanned singing session anytime and anywhere. Your family is more likely to want to listen to your performances and practice sessions, since the acoustic guitar has a softer and gentler sound. Its advantages make the acoustic guitar a popular choice for on-the-go accompaniment, but you may have guessed that it has its downsides as well. These include: Thicker strings, which make the acoustic guitar more challenging for a beginner to play.  More troubleshooting problems that can occur with tone (such as buzzing if finger positions aren’t just right) Narrower dynamic range; the acoustic guitar is very difficult to hear over any other instruments. These pros and cons can help you choose which type of guitar will best suit your individual situation and proclivities. For example, if you’d like to play acoustic but aren’t sure your fingers can take it, you might want to start out with electric. You may find you enjoy the electric guitar more, or you may decide to switch to acoustic later. But remember, whichever type of guitar you initially learn to play (at shops like Pimentel & Sons Guitars), you can switch over to the other type later without too much...

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DIY: Repairing Your Leather Jacket

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Leather is made to last for many years, and it’s a beautiful and durable material. If you have a favorite leather jacket that has been worn out or ripped, do not despair. In most cases, leather jackets can be repaired, making them as good as new. Isolating the Damage First, you need to determine where the rip or tear is in your jacket, and then prepare it for the repair. Using the dull end of a sewing needle, delicately remove all stitching or threads from inside the jacket where the tear is located. Cut away any rough edges. Then, use a wide clear tape to attach to the areas where the tear is located in order to protect the edges. Make sure the tape will not damage the jacket by leaving behind a sticky residue (you can do this on a small test area first). Make a small slit inside the jacket liner where the tear is so that you can access it from the inside. Finding Replacement Leather You can find leather for your jacket by purchasing a leather repair kit, or by trying to find a match at a fabric store. Be aware that it might be hard to find an exact color match, especially if your jacket has some signs of wear. You can also purchase dye designed to blend into the piece of leather, but start applying it slowly until it starts to match up to your current jacket’s color. This coloring can be applied with a cotton ball or swab, working into the leather until it is correct. Allow it to dry before starting the repair. Making the Repair Once you’ve gotten the piece of leather you plan to use, place the patch over the tear from the inside of the jacket, with the correct side facing outward. Be sure the leather patch is larger than the area of the tear. Using a special adhesive material, apply it to the edges of the patch, one small section at a time. Make sure the adhesive is sticking as you go, slowly applying it until it has attached itself to the existing leather. You may need to apply several layers of the adhesive, drying it with a hair dryer as you go to ensure that it’s secure. Smooth it out as you go so there will be no gaps, lumps, or bumps. Final Steps After your patch has completely dried and is now affixed to your jacket, it’s time to finish the job. Using sandpaper or a special grained piece of paper designed for leather, rub it over the leather patch until it appears to have the same or similar texture of the existing leather. Once it looks good, you can sew the area of the lining where you made the slit by hand. Be sure the slit of the lining is sewed up securely so that it does not rip.  For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Sew What or a similar...

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The PVS-7 Vs. The PVS-14

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many of those on the market for a night vision device struggle with the decision between the PVS-7 and the PVS-14. Both of these head-mountable night vision devices are produced by ITT Industries. However, the PVS-7 is an earlier version of the device that has been around since 1985. On the other hand, the PVS-14 has been in service since 2000.  The AN/PVS-7 The AN/PVS-7 is the third generation of the single tube goggle offered by ITT Industries. The device is auto-gated so that exposure to intense light does not cause image intensifier damage. Low-light situations are handled by the PVS-7 with the use of an infrared LED that is built in to the device. The AN/PVS-7 replaced an older version of the device- the AN/PVS-5– that dates back to the era of the Vietnam War. Although the AN/PVS-7 has been around for almost three decades now, the Armed Forces are still actively using thousands of the devices.  The AN/PVS-14 This device is currently in use by not only the US Armed Forces, but also by NATO allies and by law enforcement officers. It is frequently and conveniently used “hands-free” thanks to its head harness and its ability to be attached to a user’s combat helmet. In addition to being used for general night vision, it can also be used as a night sight on weapons.  Comparison Those deciding between the two devices must look to their unique needs and budget. While the PVS-7 is more affordable than the PVS-14, it is also less technologically advanced. The PVS-14 is lighter weight. It is also offers a higher system zoom, range of detection, and range of recognition.  For the most part, reviews indicate that the PVS-14 is the better device for those who can afford it. Many call attention to the greater range of user options available with the newer model. The PVS-14 can be both rail mounted or piggy-backed onto a day scope.  However, the resolution offered by the PVS-7 and the PVS-14 is similar. In addition, the field of vision for both devices is 40 degrees. Some users claim that there is less eye strain with the PVS-7 than with the PVS-14. It’s important to note that the PVS-7, though still in use and in production, is gradually being fazed out in preference of the newer model. Therefore, those who want to get used to the same model into the future might want to invest in the PVS-14 night vision...

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Boosting Your Mental Health

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The world is a busy place, and it’s easy to get caught up in the frantic speed of life. There is so much going on. You have work, family, bills, and obligations you simply must tend to. Sometimes in all the chaos, you might forget to take care of yourself. Sure, if your head hurts, you will pop an aspirin, and if you start to feel really run down, you may go see your doctor, but what about your mental health? What about giving yourself time to slow down, relax, and enjoy the world around you? You may not be used to having time to work on your mental well-being, but you really should. Here are some tips to help you out. Make time for hobbies It’s so easy to give up your hobbies by saying, “I just don’t have the time,” but the truth is you need to make time. Scheduling a class is a great way to make time for a hobby because you have to arrange your schedule around the set class time. Signing up for a class can be a great springboard into a new hobby, or it can regenerate your love of an old one. Check your local recreation center, community college, or even your local hardware store, such as Koontz Hardware, or craft store for some class options that might interest you. Taking time for things you enjoy can ease the stress of everyday life. Connect with people It’s easy to feel like you talk to people all the time in a world where short bursts of conversation happen via social media all day long. However, “likes” and “updates” really aren’t connection. Spend time with people face to face. Do activities together with loved ones. Have lunch with friends. Put down the phones and enjoy their company. Strong, personal relationships can have a positive impact on your mental health, and it is important to cultivate them. Join a group A great way to accomplish both points above in one swoop is to join a club or group that shares the same interests as you. From gardening clubs to book clubs to acting troupes to camping clubs, finding a group you can share your interests with can broaden your horizons and teach you new things while you spend time with like-minded people.  Push yourself Take on a new goal, something that is a bit of a challenge. Learning something new improves your mental fitness, so perhaps learning a new language or skill is a good choice for you. Fitness goals are also a great choice, such as striving to run a 10 minute mile or trying a month of yoga. Fitness can meld the physical well-being and the mental health for a great result.  Accomplishing your goals is good for self confidence, because it gives you a sense of achievement.  Rest Mental health matters, and one thing that often gets lost these days is taking the time to rest. Proper rest helps your brain feel less foggy and helps your body recharge along with your mind. Make sure you set aside time not only to get a good night’s sleep, but to allow your mind to rest. It’s okay to daydream and let your mind wander. In fact, it’s good for you.  Sometimes it’s hard...

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