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Making your appliances eco-friendly is a broad topic that encompasses a variety of considerations. The process actually involved conserving water, recycling, efficient use of appliances, etc.

The infographic below will brief up the top considerations to make your kitchen appliance more eco-friendly.

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Energy efficiency

So far the energy star program has accomplished a staggering 85% consumer awareness that the program is a symbol for energy efficiency. Energy star program was initiated in the early 90’s in United States of America.

The main aim behind this program was to identify and label appliances with a energy star label. Any appliance that has been energy star certified usually consumes upto 30% lesser energy than the standard limits.

Energy Star program provides an internet based portfolio tool for users to monitor the water consumption and energy consumption of their appliances. You can use this tool make a calculated decision and turn your home into a energy efficient building.

The EPA and the Department of Energy sets the standards for appliances and these standards are different for different appliances.

If you upgrade to a energy star appliance you could start saving water as soon as it is setup. Not only do you conserve water but you would be saving on power bills too.

An energy star appliance alone is not enough to make your kitchen green friendly but your choices also make a difference. For example, if you are a small family would doesn’t require a freezer then choose a freezerless refrigerator only unit instead of a full size refrigerator, and if you are an individual living in a small apartment pick a compact dishwasher over a large full featured dishwasher appliance.

Save Energy

Use less energy by switching off unused appliances and save on the standby power or the vampire power which is again a leakage of electricity. The leakage translates into more energy consumption and less eco-friendly.

Conserve water

Start with saving water, it’s always a good idea to turn off water consuming appliances, like dishwasher, washing machine, etc., when not in use.

Also when you are upgrading your appliance to a new one, see that you get a water efficient appliance this time. While these water efficient appliance might be a expensive investment initially but you would be saving more over a period of it’s use at home.

Many of the home appliances last for more than a decade according to the department of energy U.S.

The ever growing need for conserving water has resulted in a smarter appliances that use a low amount of water yielding better results. And it’s also our duty to use the appliance responsibly to conserve water.

Recycle

When you decide to upgrade your appliances try not to dump the old appliances instead list them on sites like freecycle or craigslist. Others can find a better use with your old appliance.

Clean Energy

Utilizing cleaner renewable energy sources like solar, wind, etc., would mean a lot to the environment. The power we use at home is usually generated with burning coal and releasing a huge carbon footprint into the environment. Minimizing electricity consumption from such sources and installing solar panels in your home means no energy is wasted in transmission loss.

Start Small

Initially if you try to make a sudden shift to conservation then things could be overwhelming. Try making smaller changes, one at a time. You can begin with optimizing the usage of your existing appliances and then later move on the picking a eco-friendly appliance that’s energy star certified.

Searching for a good sewing machine?

I assume that you are reading this guide because you are a beginner to sewing or you don’t own a sewing machine and are using your friends machine for your work. Or maybe looking to upgrade your skills with a better machine.

If you are a beginner then please note all the sewing machines now come with a lot features that you won’t even be using in your lifetime. So don’t get carried away by those additional features. Keep this note in mind you only require features that you are going to use in your day to day sewing activities.

Let us guide you through the dozens of popular brands, their price, sewing accessories, and other important features to consider. It’s easy when you have a checklist to follow through.

I have gone through all the headache while selecting my first sewing machine and you won’t believe me how much of information overload I had to bear to come to a conclusion.

Then I realized that with a streamlined process anybody can pick the right machine without having to waste countless hours on product research.

After you read through the following tips you can visit a local shop or an online portal, now you should be smart enough to make the right choice.

Guide for Selecting The Right Sewing Machine for Beginners

Budget: How much can you afford?

I believe in quality over quantity. You would want to pick a good product that has more positive customer reviews for the sewing machine which is guaranteed to last for many years.

Never go for a sewing machine with high number of features because most of these features are not so expensive to manufacture and this is why the manufacturer can offer them at a lower cost.

But what you have to note is that some features are very important even for beginner and they might be missing in those low cost machines.

So look for essential features and not unnecessary features that you are not going to use anyway. Also make sure that the price tag of the sewing machine is well within your budget. Shiny objects and features might be tempting but try not cross your budget.

Stitches.

If this is your first sewing machine then don’t look at the number of stitches that it has but rather look for the stitches you will be using in your projects.

In reality you won’t be using more than two regular stitches, straight stitch and the zig zag stitch and all other stitches are rarely used by starters.

Other stitches that you might find useful are buttonhole stitch – this is an automated form of zig zag stitch, stretch (knit) stitch useful for knitting, blind hem stitches as the name suggests these are hemming stitches that are not visible on the outer fabric, etc.

Sewing features and attachments.

accessories for sewing

Sewing is all fun when you have everything at your fingertips, I mean do more stuff with less work. This is possible by using some built-in features and I have put together a brief list here.

Adjustable stitch length and width: this sewing feature lets you adjust the stitch length and the stitch width according to your needs.

Speed control feature lets you control the speed of sewing useful when you are working with soft fabric like velvet or tough fabric like a denim.

Lights form a integral part of sewing these days, so make sure the sewing machine has a lighting fixture attachment.

Needle position can be changed based on the fabric and project you are doing.

Extension table makes it easy to have a better control over the fabric while sewing. And if you find a sewing machine with an extension table I recommend adding them into your basket and later you can pick one out of a list of products from your basket list.

Walking foot is a must if you are a quilter. Other advanced sewing professionals should find a buttonhole foot, button attach foot, zipper foot, etc.

And some big brands manufacture sewing machines specifically made for a specific application, for example, embroidery, quilting, etc.

Computerized vs Mechanical.

Both these machines have their own benefits. A mechanical sewing machine has a strong build up body usually metal. And the maintenance work is less in a mechanical machine than a computer controlled sewing machine.

Whereas a computerized sewing machine gives you the advanced stitching options that you wouldn’t have with a mechanical sewing machine.

Test it

It’s always a good idea to sew first on the machine and then test out all the features that you see fit for your needs. And once you are satisfied the next step is to finalize whether you are going to buy it or not from the retail store or a local sewing shop.

A local sewing store would be a good choice because they could help you get started due to their expertise in the field.

Your sewing kit is not complete without these 7 most used sewing accessories. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced sewing expert you will appreciate that having all these accessories will make sewing a lot fun to do.

accessories for sewing

  1. Scissors

I think this is a very important sewing accessory in your kit. Remember to invest in a quality scissor that will last more than a decade (for me yes).

2. Measuring Tape.

Very important for a sewing guy. How can we miss the measurement tape because nothing can move on without this tape. I hope you agree with me.

3. Drafting Rulers

Rulers come in handy when you to draft out a pattern. There are different types of drafting rulers and having a set with you will be time saver at the end of the day.

4. Seam Rippers.

Oh rippers just make my job so much easier. They are specially designed for ripping through those tiny seams. If you miss them, you will be wasting your time doing stuff manually.

5. Thimble.

The tiny metal casing that will protect your fingers from pricks from the sharp edge needles during sewing.

6. Pins

Well pins help you hold fabric pieces together temporarily until sew it up with a permanent stitch. You usually put the pins on pin cushion.

7. Spool.

A spool is a must because you will be dealing with a lot of threads and you can just role them all over on to the spool. Imagine saving yourself from all the frustration with mess a thread could create, so spool is our hero.

These are just a brief list of sewing accessories but there are many other new ones coming out often and it’s worth keeping yourself updated. In our next article we will be selecting a sewing machine for beginners.

The automobile industry has grown into a huge eco-system. There are many services and products that have emerged from the automobile growth. And the latest and a growing trend in this context are the mobile mechanic services that come to your place for repair and maintenance.

So auto owners might not be aware of how to choose a mobile auto mechanic specialist and some might even experience a bad customer service if not careful.

To avoid such situations we suggest you to consider the following tips while hiring a mobile mechanic the next time you call them:mobile mechanics

How To Choose a Good Mechanic.

  1. Ask for a quote on the phone
  2. How is the mechanic’s response to your queries?
  3. Do they provide a warranty for their work.
  4. Do they charge for travel time.
  5. Do they provide monthly service or just repair work.
  6. Are they certified?

Ask for a quote on the phone

Discuss your problems on the phone and ask for an estimated quote before hiring them. If your mechanic is experienced automobile technician then he or she should be able to provide you with an estimate of how much the repair might cost you. These are just rought figures and they do tell you why does it cost you so much.

Some services like the paintless dent repair for cars usually costs a little more and you should be given the right explanation.

How is the mechanic’s response to your queries?

mobile dent repair service

After explaining the problem with car, how does the mechanic respond. Does he or she provide enough information to you and how patient or friendly is the mechanic. You don’t want hire a mechanic who gets pissed off easily right. You are paying them and it’s your duty to select a good mechanic.

Do they provide a warranty for their work.

Good mechanics know their work is top notch and this is why they offer a warranty for their work. The warranty could be a few months or a certain thousand miles and the warranty is only for labor. The mechanics also make sure they do not intervene with the vehicle warranty.

Do they charge for travel time.

The fact that these mechanics do not run a auto repair shop they do save on their rental and maintenance. The only cost is their travel charge and the time spent travelling. So some mobile mechanics charge a small amount if the location of repair is too far from the mechanic.

If they stay close by to your place then you are good to go because they don’t charge for nearby place most of the time.

To be on a safer side you better ask them about the travel time fee.

Are they ase certified.

Most mechanics are certified by the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) and that’s a good sign to know that you are speaking to the right technician. You may want to see the certification once they arrive at your location just cross check they are genuine.

Do they provide monthly service or just repair work.

The good thing about monthly automotive service is that you can rest assured that your vehicle is always in top condition with regular vehicle servicing. And having mechanic come by is again making your job much more easier and less frustration when you compare it to going to a auto shop and wait to get back your vehicle.

So it’s good to have them come to you and not just for repair work but also for maintenance. This could even cost you lesser when you are a regualr customer the mechanic are certain to offer you some rebate too.

And another advantage of being in touch with them is that you can depend on them when there is an emergency breakdown repair.

Well we wanted to publish some good checklist for consumers who are looking to buy products online. It was actually becoming difficult for us to shop something online today and we had to spend countless hours in front of the computer trying to shortlist good products.

So, as we discover new products we are publishing a descent buyers guide with easy to follow tips to narrow down the search for the best products.

Keep yourself updated with blog or request for any new topic to cover here.