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Brother Knitting Machines Are Just What You Need

As we all know knitting can be carried out in two ways, in the main hand knitting and a machine knitting. If you are looking for good quality machine to produce exquisite knitted projects then go for the brother knitting machine. The brother knitting machine are a big name in the world of knitting machine manufactures. The machine is better-known for its quality and the splendid items it creates.

They are Japanese made and all the latest technology is used in the design and manufacturing of them. There are two types that are available to you, these are the punch card machine and the electronic machine. If you plan to use one just at home, then purchase a standard gauge machine with 200 needles that are 4.5 mm apart. But if you plan to start a home business then buy a bulk machine with 114 needles that are 9mm apart.

The distance between every needle determines the thickness of the yarn that can be used in the brother knitting machine. The yarn will be thicker if the needles are further apart and the closer the needles are together, then the yarn is thinner.

The punch card machine will produce patterns which are around 224 stitches wide. It is possible to repeat this pattern across the whole width of your project or use it to create motifs in specific parts of your design. But the only drawback of using this machine is that you have to create patterns that are either 24 stitches wide or in a number that is equally divided into 24.

There is no such problem with the electronic version. The electronic version can produce patterns with one stitch to around 200 stitches.

The brother knitting machines can be used to make designs and pieces of various stitches without any additional effort. The fairisle pattern, single or multicolored tuck stitch, slip or skip design and so on, can be easily done on this machine. You can even use laces like the drop lace, thread lace, normal lace or a fine lace to create glorious patterns. The laces used to decorate your knitted piece can be knitted into your piece using this machine.

The brother knitting machine can likewise be used to weave, and knit reversible patterns. The machine can be affixed with external attachments like ribber attachments, which is used to undertake jacquard knitting. This type of knitting is similar to fairisle knitting but without any floats.

The electronic brother knitting machine can be used to create patterns that you can acquire on the internet. By using your computer you can download patterns and then scan them for use in your knitting projects. Another feature of this machine has an optional garter carriage which can be used to knit and purl in the same row.

If you use a single bed machine then you are free to do your other work while the machine knits for you. The automatic version uses one color yarn at a time; this accessory is only available with the standard gauge machines.

The brother knitting machine also has optional additional accessories like ribber attachments, four color changer, garter bar and so on. But when ever purchasing a machine always purchase it from original distributers to get the high quality machines.

Thence by using these knitting machines you can easily produce master pieces, to be gifts to your loved ones or to start your own household business enterprise.

 


Kitchen Table - Transform An Old One Into A Craft Table

If you have been thinking of getting rid of your old kitchen table for a new one, have you thought of what will be happening to the old kitchen table?

Many people roll it out to the side of the road and wait for the garbage truck. But, if your old kitchen table is still in good working order, why not give it a new life? If you have kids, you can turn this old kitchen table into a great new craft table.

The first thing to consider is the kinds of crafts your kids like and what they need to complete those crafts. Often the popular items are crayons, markers, pencils, paints, scissors, paper, stickers, glitter and other small pieces to add to their creations. Each of these items need containers to keep them sorted.

If you are like most of people, right now when it's craft time, you put a protective covering over the kitchen table and then pull out a number of bins of crafting items. But, when you turn your old kitchen table into a craft table, those bins can already be in place, attached to the old kitchen table.

You should start with a series of pencil/pen/crayon holders. It would be best if these are rounded (cup-like) holders at varying sizes to hold these drawing implements. Some are sold in attached sets and will save you a little time in collecting all the proper pieces.

Instead of having to pull this out every time the kids want to create something, you are going to attach this bin to the old kitchen table.

Usually, this bin is put in the center of the kitchen table.

Tack it down with one screw through the bin and into the wood of the table. Since you likely will not be able to get your electric screwdriver to reach far enough into the bin, you may want to use your electric drill to make a hold in the plastic container (from the bottom) and into the kitchen table where you want it to set. Line the two holes up and use a long regular screwdriver to attach the bin to the table.

If you are using an electric screwdriver, take on this job slowly, as you can crack the plastic of the bins easily.

If the table is extra wide, you may want to choose one side of the table to attach the bin, so the kids can still reach the coloring items.

If you have more craft bins you would like to keep on the table, these should be attached in the same manner.

Once all the bins are on the kitchen table you can call the job complete, or take it to another level of personalization and turn it into your next craft project - painting. It's fun for kids to have a craft table they helped to create. Using bright paints, the table can be painted and each child can be allowed to add their personal touches such as painted pictures, their name or even a handprint.

 


Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love

Winters can be long with many days too cold for children to play outside. This could leave your active child restless and bored and looking for something fun to do. If you are looking for constructive ways to entertain your child, consider winter craft projects. Using inexpensive materials you have around the house, you can keep your child busy and happy for hours. On the next cold and snowy day when you hear complaints of nothing to do consider these easy and inexpensive craft projects.

Make Your Own Snow Storm

Paper snowflakes are easy and fun to make, even for a young child. A stack of inexpensive white printer paper and a pair of safety scissors and you are ready to fold and cut. Snowflakes come in all shapes, sizes and designs, so whatever your child cuts is a perfect snowflake. If you don't have printer paper, you can use old newspapers.

To make a paper snowflake you'll need a square shaped piece of paper. Bring a bottom corner of your paper up to meet the opposite top corner for a diagonal fold, forming a large triangle. Once again fold your paper in half to form a smaller triangle. Now, place the small triangle on the table pointing the tip down. Fold one of the triangle's sides inward and then fold the other side inward so it forms a "V" on the top and is one-third the size of the small triangle. Use scissors to cut off the "V" and then cut small notches and shapes on the two side edges. If you want your snowflake to have a cut out center, snip off the tip of the triangle. Once you've made your cuts, unfold your paper to see your unique snowflake design. Create your indoor blizzard, and share it with your neighbors, by taping the snowflakes to windows. You can also preserve and share your favorite snowflakes with friends and family by mounting them onto a piece of blue paper and displaying them in picture frames.

Make Cotton Ball Snowmen

Bring the fun of building a snowman indoors where you can stay warm and dry. All you need is a bag of cotton balls and a few decorating items, like construction paper, small beads, pipe cleaners and glue. To make the body of the snowman fluff up individual cotton balls and roll them together until you have the size you want. Glue the ball onto construction paper. Follow the same fluff up and rolling technique to make two more balls, so you have three different size balls. Glue the balls together to form the snowman body. Now it's time to decorate your snowman. You can glue beads for eyes, mouth and buttons or cut out pieces of construction paper. An orange pipe cleaner makes a great nose. Yarn or a piece of striped pipe cleaner can be used for a scarf. If little hands can't roll the cotton balls into a ball, they can just fluff the cotton ball then glue individual cotton balls to construction paper in different size circles to form the snowman's body. Decorate the snowman with beads for eyes, orange pipe cleaner for the nose and yarn or construction paper for a scarf or buttons. You can also use small twigs or toothpicks for arms. This flatter snowman version would be very cute displayed in a picture frame.

 




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