I used to sew all the time when I was in middle school and high school, but I was just too busy to sew once I got to college. Nevertheless, I lugged that huge, heavy sewing machine everywhere I lived for 9 years -- never taking it out of its case even once. When I needed to do a serious purge of my possessions for my move across the country, that old sewing machine ended up on the purge list.
Only fairly recently have I felt a need for a sewing machine again. I finally took the plunge and dropped money on a brand new sewing machine. I'm certainly glad I did!
There is not a lot of detailed information about sewing machines out there so I thought I'd post this unboxing for anyone else who may be considering the Singer 7258. Read More
I have been going through thread like it was water! But at several dollars a pop for each spool of heavy-duty thread, the costs were adding up! In comes cone thread, where I can get 1000 to 8000 yards on just one cone.
You can use cone thread on your average sewing machine by positioning it correctly behind the machine. There are two things to be aware of:
- Prevent the thread from moving out of position
- Ensure thread comes off the cone smoothly
The timing of my sewing machine -- the Singer 7258 -- had gone out of alignment. The most obvious symptom was that the top thread would no longer pick up the bobbin thread. Upon closer inspection, I found the needle was jamming into the plastic of the bobbin housing! Ack! This was also causing my needles to get all bent up.
It was 9pm and I did not want a several week delay required for sending the machine in for servicing. I have work to do, you know! So, I dove in, poking and prodding at every which thing until I figured out the magical combination. I'm documenting this magical combination so that there will finally be something out there on the web for fixing a Singer 7258 sewing machine's timing! Read More
I've just finished working with the 5 designers I hired on. When I originally wrote about this experience, I had only contracted with 3 designers. However, after the first two deliverables, I got anxious and decided to give two more designers a try. Read more to see what I got, from worst to best. Read More
I preused through the US Small Business Administration website expecting it to be filled with useless information — but I was wrong! I guess governments are getting their act together and finally making useful websites! To start with, the SBA is asking you to answer 20 questions that you should know the answer to in regards to your new business. Follow the jump to read my answers to these business questions. Read More
While I was at school for architecture, they drilled into our brains: always do a precedent study. Even though I never even started my career as an architect, I still follow many of the principals my professors ingrained in me. Research is always the first thing I always do before starting something new. Read more to see which books I decided were worth reading. Read More
"Congratulations on successfully underpaying skilled craftsmen for their work! Yay for contributing to driving down prices in a struggling marketplace!" Eeps! He's right! Read More
Although I have a design background and I have designed logos for others in the past, I decided to hire a designer to create a logo for me. My goal is to ramp up the company quickly, and it frankly takes me way too long to design a logo. Besides, I have other things I need to be working on!
I have been fretting over the idea of spending $100 to $300 to hire a designer. I am extremely low on cash so that would be a large investment. However, the brand, the image you convey significantly impacts a buyer’s willingness to take a risk and buy something from you after looking at pictures alone! Paying big bucks for a designer to create a quality logo can be considered a wise investment.
Fortunately, I have been doing research on starting businesses and the book Craft Business Power highly recommended using Fiverr.com to get a logo. The concept is that people will do things for you for just $5! It seems like such a tiny investment that it is worth the risk. I decided to go for it! Read More