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Sewing for Beginners - Tips to Start Dress Making
By Carolyn Anderson

Sewing is one fun and practical skill to learn. Especially if you have a passion for the fashion
industry and you want to make your own dress, or you want to tweak and alter some of the
dresses that you've always wanted to alter. Of course, with some sewing skills, you can also
mend those dresses that have been waiting for repair.

Indeed, there are a lot of practical things that you can do with your sewing skills. Learning the
skill will also help you put up a good business altering other people's dresses and of course,
making gowns and eventually having fashion line if you are really interested in pursuing such.
However, if you are still starting with sewing, here are a few things that you may want to learn to
help you start right when it comes to sewing for beginners.

1. Learn the terminologies or sewing. If you think that sewing is just about learning how to put
that thread on the needle and started putting together those pieces of cloth, you may want to
think again. There are a good number of terminologies that you need to master even before you
want to start sewing. Of course, learning the lingo will be helpful later especially if you want to
master dress making and if you want to bring your sewing skills into a good business and even
in wanting to carry out the correct instructions with your sewing.

2. Know your materials and equipment. Like any other craft or project-making, you have to make
sure as well that you know the materials you will need for the activity. Of course, sewing is not
just about thread and needle. If you want to invest in a good sewing machine, you have to make
sure that you have known your equipment so that you will also know how to use it well. However,
one wise thing to do is to take sewing lessons first before even trying to get yourself a sewing

3. Start with simple projects. One of the things that you have to keep in mind if you are just
starting not only in sewing but in any other things that you want to learn, is to start with the
simple ones. You can start sewing table runners, pillow cases and other projects that may only
require straight and easy sewing. Of course, even how simple your project is, you also have to
learn how to make patterns. This will guide you to the proper measurements and proportion of
your projects. If you are practicing on your new sewing machine, make sure however that you
know how to sew straight lines on it. As this can be tricky, you can also make use of a graphing
paper so that you can be at least sure that you are making straight lines.

These are just a few things that you might want to remember if you are planning to master
sewing for beginners. You can also get yourself some detailed, easy-to-follow resources where
you can learn the very little details of sewing for beginners, from putting a thread to the needle,
to making patterns and making your first simple projects.

Carolyn Anderson sews some of her dress on her own. For a complete guide on how you can
practice and learn sewing for beginners, check out
Sewing 101. If you are dealing with a
problem with your machine and you desperately want to fix it up, check how in out Repair A
Sewing Machine.

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Getting Started With Your First Model Railroad - Design Tips
By David Pearson  

Whether your just starting out or a diehard model train enthusiast, coming up with a theme for
your model railroad track plans is the first step towards an authentic layout.

There are a lot of really awesome themes to choose from when setting up your model train.
Some things to consider when deciding on a theme are:

Season... A good place to start is deciding on a season. Obviously you have spring, summer,
winter or fall.

Location...Have an idea of where you want your train to go. You could choose to have your train
go through the Appalachian or Rocky Mountains, through the plains of Nebraska or Kansas, or
even a specific route from one city or station to another.

Trains... You may decide to run a specific train line. Like Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, Santa
Fe, Chesapeake & Ohio, CSX or Amtrak for example. Pay attention to the location here. If you
want an authentic layout, be sure to match your train line up with the actual route it ran, and
during the time frame that particular line operated in.

Time Period...Choose a time frame when making your model railroad track plans. Are you more
partial to steam or diesel locomotives? Or perhaps both! The steam engines ran mostly pre
1950 and then the diesel locomotives took over. You could even decide on the transition period
(late 1940's to early 1950's) and have both, a diesel and steam locomotive.

Other things to consider when deciding on your model railroad track plans, are the type of train
you want to go with. When you're setting up your model train there are a lot of possibilities.

For instance, is your train gonna carry passengers or freight? And if you are gonna have a
freight train, then what kind of freight will it be hauling.

Freight Train Cars...Your train could haul logs or coal, or have refrigerator cars, tank cars,
regular box cars and so on. There are a lot to choose from. Take your time and get a good idea
of how you want your train to turn out.

Passenger Trains...If it's a passenger train you want, you will surely find everything you need.
From the 1860 Northern Pacific railroad wooden combine car, to a super sleek Amtrak
Superliner coach car. If you include passenger cars with your train, unlike the freight cars they
tend to be longer in length. With there longer length, they are better suited for track layouts that
don't have tight turns.

There is a lot to think about when putting together your model railroad track plans. Take your
time and have fun setting up your model train. Go with the things that appeal to you the most. By
giving consideration to these options first, you'll end up with a much more realistic looking train

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