Thursday, March 26, 2015

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK - How Are We Living a Legacy of Faith?

Paul wrote, "I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you."........ 2 Timothy 1:5

God never extends days beyond purpose.

Faith--genuine, indwelling faith, faith that has lived in you through every season of your life--is the secret power of preparation for every one. Don't allow changing times to change who you are. It is dangerous to lose your identity in your circumstances. Redefine your purpose, gather your assets, and keep on living and giving.

T.D. Jakes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CHOOSING A SEWING MACHINE

SEAMSTRESS

A sewing machine is your most important piece  sewing equipment, so please select on with care.  There are a variety of models available to fit any budget or sewing need. Types range from a basic beginners machine which has a basic zigzag and a few built in stitches.  Most budget to mid price machines are mechanical machines, which means that you manually adjust the stitch width, stitch length and tension. A mechanical machine is driven by  a single motor.
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This is an example of a basic beginner’s machine.  It is my very first sewing machine. I purchased this machine back in 2002 at Wal-mart for approximately $89. I made this purchase without having a clue about sewing or machines. I did not do any research as I am suggesting to you.  Thank goodness for me it works well still.


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You can also buy an electronic machine that uses advanced computer technology. A computerized machine contains multiple electronic motors synchronized by a computer. The result is a variety of built-in stitching options.
Here is 20150317_193434-1an example of a couple electronic machines. The Futura doubles as an embroidery machine and connects to a computer via usb cord. 

Look for a machine to match your sewing projects.  Buy a machine that satisfies your sewing needs, but don’t pay for features you will never or rarely use. Talk to fabric store personnel and friends who sew. Ask for demonstrations and try out and compare several models.
Your sewing machine’s manual is key to getting the best performance from you machine. I have made my manuals my best friend.  I have read each from cover to cover.  A majority of all major repairs could be avoided if owners would read and follow the guidelines in the manual.  If your manual is missing, contact the manufacturer for a new one to ensure that you get the right manual, include the model number of your machine with your request.  This number is usually stamped on a small metal plate secured to the machine. On a free arm machine, the plate is located to the back of the machine; on  flatbed machine it’s located on the front.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we maybe be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”...2Corinthians 1:3-4

One of the many names for the Lord is Comforter.  He has the ability to bring peace to every trauma.  In fact, this God of all comfort even catches your tears and collects your pain.  You will live and love and experience loss before your life is over.  Losing some things will help you appreciate what you still have.

You will not always see what tomorrow holds, but it is a great comfort to know that your God holds all your tomorrows.  Whatever you do, take time to get to know Him, because you will need Him.
Now take courage, and understand that “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).  Your night may seem long, but when it is over, there will always be morning. 

Understand that it is God’s grace that has protected you and provided for you, brought you through and secured you, calmed you and comforted you.

Times change and seasons change, but not God.  He is the same God who brought you through your past and promises you your future.


T.D Jakes