Follow Along As I Choose The Best Waterproof Headphones

I recently decided to start up running and there is no better thing, in my opinion, to be running through the countryside while listening to your favorite music tracks. This has been made very easy now due to the introduction of Bluetooth technology and smartphones. But strangely I have yet to purchase a Bluetooth headset for running with. I know I need it to be waterproof and I want it small and light. So why not follow with me as I go through the thinking around getting my first waterproof Bluetooth headset. For more details on particular headsets see here.

First Thoughts

You truly can take your music with you anywhere you go. Regardless of what sport you like, whether it’s swimming, running or something else, waterproof earphones will help you listen to the music you adore while you stay active. These earphones are intended to give quality sound even when they are submerged in water.

A significant number of these underwater earbuds permit you to dive almost 10 feet in the water for up to 30 minutes while they operate at maximum efficiency. The waterproof capabilities of these gadgets are wonderful, and if the earbuds become grimy or covered in sweat from an exceptional workout, simply wash them with water and a little cleanser. Toward the day’s end, you’ll generally have a clean pair of earphones with top notch sound quality.

When you’re searching for the best waterproof earphones, you require a product that furnishes you with powerful, top notch sound quality, a comfortable configuration and a variety of extra components, for example, the capacity to work at awesome depths and for long periods of time. The following are the criteria we utilized in choosing the best underwater earphones.

Sound Quality

The nature of the earphones is one of the most basic and vital aspects. Most of these earphones can be submerged in water for long stretches of time and still work at their maximum capacity. Some of the best submerged earphones have ambient noise features that permit you hear the sound in your encompassing surroundings, while enjoying your music.

Comfortable Fit

listening-in-the-rainWhen you utilize your sweat-proof earphones for a wide range of sport, you require a couple of earbuds that are comfortable and can fit you well. There are numerous sizes of earbuds enabling you to choose the right one that can fit your ear canal. Every waterproof earbud is designed in a unique way.

Some waterproof earphones are just earbuds, while others give over-the-ear snares to keep the earbuds in place.You can find waterproof headphones with reflective covers that can help other people see you in lower light. You will likewise discover a number of the best swimming earphones in a variety of colors to fit your style.


Some waterproof earphones have a few extra components that really enhance them, while others are exceptionally fundamental. The best sweat-proof earphones incorporate remote capabilities. This implies that when you are in a serious workout and need to change the volume, you can utilize the remote situated on the cable to turn it up or down.

You will likewise need to take a look at the plug on these devices to guarantee that they have a standard 3.5mm plug that will fit most of your electronic gadgets.With a combination of the above elements, you can discover waterproof earphones that will really enable you to take your music anywhere you wish to go.

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Getting Your Sewing Machine Tension Right Every Time

sewing-machine-tensionAnyone who has ever used a sewing machine has experienced a time when they sat at their machine and started the sewing machine on a difficult seam only to realize quite quickly that the sewing machine did not feel right in their hands. Something was wrong. The reason for this feeling is due to the thread tension on your sewing machine. Most often when a sewing machine does not feel right it is the sewing machine tension that is to blame.

This sort of problem can be one of the most frustrating problems to resolve when trying to get a handle on your sewing machine. There just seem to be so many places to make adjustments it is almost impossible to know where the problem lies and worse, how to fix it.

We are going to use this article to run through a number of potential areas the problem may lie and how to fix them with the minimum of fuss.

  • Re-thread Your Sewing Machine

The first thing to try in an attempt to fix the issue of sewing machine thread tension is to rethread the machine from scratch. Pay close attention to where the thread is going. Use the manual to confirm your choices.

  • Check the Bobbin


Sometimes the bobbin can be wound too loose or too tight which can affect the smoothness of the thread release. This in turn can affect the way the thread flows through the machine. Changing the bobbin may resolve this issue quickly and easily.

  • Check if Anything is Broken

A broken or bent needle can cause problems. Similarly if any of the guides are blocked or constrained this can affect the tension. If in doubt, see if you can easily replace with a new item.\r\n

  • Check the Right Thread for your Fabric

Sometimes thread does not work well with some fabrics. Try a different type of thread to see if the problems continue.

  • Make Sure the Sewing Machine is Clean

There should be no dust trap, especially where the thread passes. These can cause halting thread and may well be the cause of any tension issues. Make sure the sewing machine is clean, paying special attention to where the thread travels.

  • Check your Needle

If your needle is blunted then it will not feel right when sewing. Make sure you have a sharp needle and if not replace it with a new one.


Obviously this does not represent a comprehensive list of problems, but those factors listed above are the most common cause of problems with sewing machine tension and you would do well to quickly run through each of the items listed before making any adjustments to the tension of the thread. For example if you were to take the sewing machine to a repair shop they would almost certainly run through each of these items before undertaking any more substantial repair. Why not potentially save yourself the bother and make sure the problem is real before taking this step.

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My Household Cleaning Tips

Keeping your home allergy free requires frequent cleaning. But that does not have to mean a lot of work. I focus on worker smarter, not harder.

Time management strategies and organization have made my cleaning routines streamlined and over the years I have collected many helpful household cleaning tips. I have found that keeping a cleaning routine prevents the buildup of dust. I have assigned one task for each day of the week so that I don’t need to do it all at one time. Our schedule goes something like this:


Wipe down all floors. Both bathroom counters are cleaned.


The 2 rooms that we have carpeting in are vacuumed with our HEPA equipped vacuum cleaner. Living room is dusted.


Scrub out shower, tub, and toilets. Clean bathroom sinks.


All bed linens are laundered. Laundry is all done, folder, and put away.


Family room is dusted. Toys are sorted and put away. Windows are cleaned.

My kitchen is cleaned daily. The dishwasher is run every night and usually the clean dishes get put up first thing in the morning. Then the breakfast dishes can immediately be put in the dishwasher following breakfast and the day does not start with dishes piled up in the sink.

This just gives you an example of how we handle our cleaning needs. You need to start with an assessment of your home and what areas need really frequent cleaning. Then break those down into very manageable sections and divide into the days of the week you have available for cleaning.

Since I have very young children, I do not have a lot of time for extra household cleaning. I therefore decided that I would minimize how much stuff I needed to clean. The house is decorated very simply. No knick knacks or collectibles displayed. The windows all have very simple window treatments which are easily removed for laundering. We use a few area rugs which can be removed and cleaned when necessary.

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Problem with Our Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Solved

I have two Harbor Breeze ceiling fans installed in my home. We live in a warm climate and during the hot summer months we were finding our living room to get to the point where it was uncomfortable sitting in without putting the air conditioning on. This is expensive and so we decided to install a ceiling fan in order to lower the overall cost of keeping the room cool.

Researching Ceiling Fan Ranges

We did a fair amount of research into ceiling fans, and we finally decided that Harbor Breeze ceiling fan range was the best option due to the fact that they had such a wide variety of different fan models ranging from the more traditional ceiling fan model to some beautiful contemporary ceiling fan options. You name it, they have it.

Harbor Breeze 52 inch Tilghman Bronze Ceiling Fan

Our home is not particularly contemporary in its set up and so we felt that the more traditional ceiling fan option was the best one. We also wanted either a ceiling fan with a light or one that could have a light kit installation. The reason for this was that there is relatively little room on the ceiling for both a fan and a light to be situated. As a result the best option was to have both the fan and the light fitting integrated into each other.

Again the Harbor Breeze ceiling fan range came to the rescue and in the end we opted for the traditional Harbor Breeze Bamboo ceiling fans with a light fitting. It cost us around $260 from Lowes.

The installation has been really successful and we hardly ever use the air conditioning as a result during the summer months. We have a veranda and as the first ceiling fan proved to be such a success we thought that installing a second fan on the veranda would be great.

Choosing a Second Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan

hb ceiling fanHaving had such a good experience with Harbor Breeze fans the first time around it was an obvious choice to go for Harbor Breeze the second time too. The second ceiling fan has now been in place for approximately 18 months and we love it.

Recently however, one of the blades became loose and upon inspection we felt that the best course of action was to get a replacement blade. We were a bit worried about being able to locate a source of replacement ceiling fan blades especially in the particular model that we already had installed. But the amazing thing about the internet is that if you are trying to track down awkward parts you can take an awful lot of the leg work out of your search simply by going online.

In the end we sourced the part from a supplier of Harbor Breeze ceiling fan replacement parts and in fact not only that but the part was despatched and sent to us without charge for post and packaging at a much better price than we expected.

Installation of our new part was a piece of cake and I am pleased to report that our lovely Harbor Breeze ceiling fan is back and working as good as new. Hurray!

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Alternative Water Softening Solution

Not everyone is comfortable with the normal salt-based water softening solutions. There are a number of reasons for this.

The first one is that they tend to be large pieces of equipment that require space for installation in some of the places in your home where space is at a premium. Installing a salt-based water softener solution is often best done when the pipework is being installed throughout your home as in this instance you can sensibly plan the location of the device so that it is both easy to access and also easily accessed for maintenance purposes.

That leads us on to the second problem associated with these traditional water softening units – maintenance. It may come as a surprise to you but the average system is usually only able to hold enough salt to soften the water for perhaps 7-10 days. It then requires refilling or regenerating with new salt. Forget to do this on a systematic basis and the whole point of an expensive installation is lost.

Salt Free Water Softening Alternatives

There are a number of alternatives to these water softening solutions. One in particular that we are going to review today is the Eddy Electronic Water Descaler sold by Amazon.

Eddy Electronic Water Descaler

This clever little device (remember little is good when using water softening in the home) does not actually soften the water. Instead it works to emulate the effect of water softening without absorbing or otherwise changing the mineral balance in the water.

This can be a real positive as another well known disadvantage of salt-based systems is that not many people actually like the taste of softened water and as a result you often end up installing a separate pipe to provide householders with water that you can actually drink.

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Installation of the Eddy Electronic Water Descaler

The Eddy Electronic Water Descaler is easy to install not distinguishing between metal or plastic pipes onto which it is fitter. Indeed installation is so easy that you can usually undertake it yourself with a minimum of fuss.

The device weighs only 1.4 pounds and is about 7 inches by 2 inches by 4 inches in dimensions.

We found it for sale on Amazon at around the $200 mark which compared to other salt-free water softening systems is a very good price.

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If you would like to know what customers think of the Eddy Descaler then you will be more than satisfied. This is a popular device and has at least 191 reviews on Amazon giving it a score of 3.9 stars out of a maximum of 5 stars.


All in all, the Eddy looks like a strong and popular product in the water softening market. It is relatively cheap and very easy to install and requires next to no ongoing maintenance. This makes is an ideal alternative to more traditional salt-based water softening systems.

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Essential Sewing Equipment

Basic Equipment:

These are the basic equipment you need and also the most important. These include:

  • Sewing Machine – This is probably the most important piece of equipment one will own. It is a machine used to sew larger projects such as bags, blankets clothes rather than smaller projects, which can be accomplished easily by hand sewing. You should really try to buy the best sewing machine you can afford as it will assist you later when you become more proficient. There are plenty of review sites where you can check out the sort of sewing machines available today. You can find out a lot about sewing machines here at
  • Shears (fabric scissors) – These are scissors, which should only be used for cutting fabric. It can cut through multiple layers of fabric but by using it for other purposes can dull-down the scissors.
  • Measuring tape – This is used for measuring the amount of fabric one needs. It is especially useful for clothes to ensure a perfect fit. Without this, the result will be uneven and unprofessional.
  • Lamp – This, or any other light source, is essential to sewing. If there isn’t good lighting, it’s impossible to witness everything that’s going on, therefore making the project prone to mistakes.
  • Pen – A water-soluble pen or a chalk is best. It is used for marking measurements to improve accuracy.


These are the equipment that is still extremely important and almost every sewer should own, but one can sew without it:

  • Seam Gauge – This ensures accuracy when pressing pleats or hems.
  • Pin and Pincushion – Pins are important to keep the fabric in place to prevent it from moving all around, making it prone to accidents like sewing the fabric in the wrong place. A pincushion is important so that one can easily stick the pin back without it going anywhere and to prevent injuries.
  • Iron and ironing board – Not only does ironing the fabric make it neater, it also makes sewing easier. If a fabric is all crinkled up, once it gets straightened out it could be sewed wrong.
  • Rotary cutter – This makes cutting out certain shapes or patterns much easier than scissors. It also comes with replaceable blades in case it gets blunt.
  • Self-healing mat – This is usually used with the rotary cutter. If a slit it made, it immediately forms back into a normal mat unlike a normal mat, which would just stay damaged. This is a life-saver when it comes to using cutters.
  • Seam Ripper – Used to clean up mistakes. It is in a shape similar to a needle to pick away at the seams

Extra Equipment:

These are equipment that makes one’s sewing life changing. However, it isn’t as important as the other equipment listed above and one can certainly sew without these. The equipment includes:

  • Thread snips – To cut loose threads or after finishing up and tying a knot, it can cut off the excess thread.
  • Extra sewing machine needles – Machine needles can break.
  • Hand sewing needles – In most projects, it requires a little bit of hand-sewing.
  • Ruler – Used for measurements but not completely essential because a seam gauge can also double up as a ruler. However, it can only double up as a ruler to measure small amount so having a large ruler is handy.
  • Dressform – When making dresses or skirts, it’s best to have some sort of “model” to work on, to ensure accuracy and to make sure the elastic (if any) works well.

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Your First Sewing Machine Projects

So, you bought your first sewing machine and you’re excited to start your first sewing project. The problem is the machine looks really confusing to set up and you’re worried about making a mistake on your very first project. Don’t worry however, these doubts are felt by everyone when they first get their sewing machine and easily overcome by simply doing something with it.

Simple Advice When Using Your Sewing Machine For the First Time

In this article we going to give a few tips to make sure that your first sewing machine project is at least an enjoyable one, if not necessarily the most successful sewing project you’ll ever undertake.

  1. The first thing to remember is to just take your time. Most sewing projects are similar to flat packed furniture. They rarely turn out well you rush them. And if you are inexperienced using your sewing machine then you can be pretty much assured that if you are in a rush things will go wrong in a range from slightly wrong, to very wrong. So leave yourself plenty of time to puzzle your way through both the instructions relating to the setting up your sewing machine, and the instructions around your first sewing machine project.
  2. For your first sewing machine project you do not necessarily have to use a pattern. The reality years that some patterns are quite difficult to follow. For a beginner using the sewing machine for the first time it can be difficult to determine whether or not a pattern is difficult or straightforward. The manufacturers of patterns have understood this and have tried to help by making an easy pattern line to follow. These lines tend to be slightly easier, and can be usually finished in less time. However, it is worth remembering that your first project doesn’t necessarily need to be a complicated pattern project, it can be something as straightforward as making a pillowcase.
  3. Perhaps the best material to start your sewing project with is cotton. The fact of the matter is that cotton is a very easy fabric to work with. The reason for this is that it tends not to unravel, not to stretch, and not to slip in the way that some other types of fabric have an annoying and frustrating habit of doing. The other benefit of using cotton is that it’s readily available, and can be obtained in a wide variety of colours, patterns or prints. It is also relatively inexpensive which means that you can start your sewing machine career without risking expensive material.

Suggestions For A First Sewing Machine Project

Perhaps one of the easiest clothing items to make is an A-line skirt. The reason for this is that the seams of the skirt are predominantly straight, and therefore good practice to get a feel for your sewing machine. In addition, because it’s relatively easy to make and relatively quick to complete you can quickly get to the point where you have a finished wearable skirt you can show off proudly.

As previously mentioned, other good projects begin with our pillowcases or cushion covers. Again, the principal reason for this is that all of the scenes are straight and give you the opportunity to set up your machine, and complete a project, without it being so complex that you do not really get the baseline sewing machine experience that you really need at this point on your learning curve.

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How to Use a Sewing Machine



The diagram above displays the parts of a sewing machine. Each part will be explained.

  • Spool pins – This is the part where the spool (the thread roll) goes.
  • Bobbin winder – Spins the bobbin to allow thread to wind onto it
  • Hand wheel – This is used to move the needle up and down from the fabric
  • Stitch selector – This allows you to select which stitch you want as well as the width
  • Stitch length dial – This allows you to change the length of the stitches
  • Reverse stitch lever – This allows you to lock a stitch or stitch backwards (to stitch backwards, must press on foot pedal simultaneously)
  • Needle plate – A metal plate under the needle to prevent it from damaging the machine
  • Shuttle cover – A spool inside the base of the sewing machine, designed to hold the bottom thread in place
  • Feed dogs – A metal piece with spikes on the metal plate which can move the fabric as you sew
  • Presser foot – Used to keep your fabric straight and flat while sewing
  • Presser foot lever – Lifts and lowers the presser foot
  • Needle – Moves the thread through the fabric
  • Tension control – Adjusts the tightness of the stitches
  • Thread guides – A slit and hook to keep your threads in place
  • Take-up lever – Thread goes through this lever, controls the motions of the thread (up or down)
    Pressure regulator – Adjusts the amount of pressure the pressure foot uses to hold down the fabric
  • Bobbin winder tension disc – Keeps the thread stretched and straight while the bobbin winds up the thread

Setting Up:

To set up the sewing machine, start by:

  1. Threading the bobbin. One can achieve this by placing a bobbin on the bobbin winder and switching the bobbin winder towards the right.
  2. Take a piece of thread and wrap it around the lower thread guide.
  3. Attach the thread onto the bobbin by putting it through the holes
  4. Turn on machine and press on the foot pedal
  5. The bobbin will start rapidly spinning, but just keep on holding onto the end of the thread
  6. Once the thread is done winding, snip the excess
  7. Switch the bobbin towards the left this time and the thread from the lower thread guide and place the thread and the upper thread guide instead
  8. Put the thread through the slit
  9. Bring the needle up using the hand winder
  10. Thread the thread through the needle
  11. Place the thread under the presser foot
  12. Remove bobbin and bobbin holder (from the compartment inside the roof of the sewing machine) and place the bobbin inside the bobbin holder
  13. Place the bobbin holder back inside the compartment
  14. Let the thread from the bobbin stick out and hang
  15. Wind the needle down using the hand wheel to pickup the piece of thread inside the shuttle cover
  16. Continue winding until the needle is at the top
  17. Pull the thread out until you see both threads on the needle plate

Starting to Sew:

To start sewing after the machine has been set up:

  1. Place fabric in between the pressure foot and the needle plate.
  2. Bring the pressure foot down using the pressure foot lever.
  3. Use the foot pedal to start sewing
  4. To begin the stitch, lock it using the reverse switch lever and end the stitch with it tooA

After all that, you’re ready to go!

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