Thursday, January 19, 2012
It starts with making a fun label. I make labels online, print them on resume paper, then cut them out. To get some help, go to Label Templates. This is the Avery company's website. They have a lot of cool things there but what we need today is the templates for address labels. You can choose a template for the size you'd like for the jar size you have. A good basic size is 1 1/2 x4" or similar. To use the site you'll need to register, then choose to create a label online. It's quite easy and you can even add artwork from their files or use your own. Remember, the label won't be a address label. Add an image, change the font size, style and color any way you want.
When it comes time to print, use paper as opposed to a sticky label. I use resume paper as it's a little heavier and holds up better than copier paper. You can then cut out the labels after they are printed. Cut out what you need and set them aside.
To adhere to the jars, use milk. I place a small amount of milk in a cup and a basting brush. Brush the milk lightly onto the back of the label and hold in place briefly.
Making labels this way works great, comes off by soaking in water for a minute and best of all lets you be creative in making fun labels for your canned food.
Friday, January 13, 2012
|Pfaff 332 Made in Germany 1957.|
|Pfaff 332 Bobbin Case|
|Pfaff 332 Fold Up Sewing Bed|
|Pfaff 332 Bed Extension|
|Pattern dials and spool pins|
In this photo there is another improvement in the Pfaffs: The ability to turn the spool pins down. If you have ever broken a spool pin or bent one by accident, here is the solution to prevent this. It makes for a very tidy way to ready for storage.
This sewing machine did not have any attachments when I got it but that has not proven to be a problem as it takes easy to find low shank zig zag accessories. If you have this model, you may want to get a walking foot and a roller foot to help with heavier work. It took a few tries to get a walking foot that would work well with this machine so I've included a photo so you can save some trouble.
About the stitching and workmanship. That is where this sewing machine shines. It can sew lightweight cotton all the way to outdoor Sunbrella fabric. It does each one equally well. Because it is harder to find a machine that does heavy fabrics well and that is a need I do have for making outdoor things like Cordura nylon packs, I save this special task for this particular machine. With heavy thread, big needle and a small adjustment to the bobbin it sews through with no problem. I have machines with better strait stitches but considering the utility of this, that's not a big deal. When I first got it I had trouble with speed, it seemed to be too fast to do intricate work. With time and more oiling, that has somewhat subsided. Maybe it took too much power to get it going, where now everything is more sensitive. I don't know why but it is easier to use after a few years. Maybe it just likes me better now! In a perfect world this machine would have a slow gear for special work.
|Sort of masculine, my gray 332|