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Whether you're creating beautiful dresses, skirts and shirts for yourself or for others, you need sewing fasteners that allow you to add a hook and eye, snaps, buttons and zippers to your sewing projects. Making comfortable, fitted handmade clothing really can be a snap -- if you have the right sewing fasteners for the job. Read on for tips on buying fasteners for sewing projects today.
Carrying around a shoulder tote bag can pose a few problems. You may need a large shoulder bag to hold all the items you take with you when you're out and about. But if you just toss them all into the over-the-shoulder bag, you may not be able to find an item when you need it. Dumping everything into one compartment can also make your shoulder tote bag heavy and hard to carry. So take a few minutes to organize your shoulder bag. Storing every item in its own easy-to-access spot makes it a lot easier to find things quickly. A large shoulder bag with pockets and zipper compartments is ideal.
There are some very obvious differences between hardside luggage and softside luggage. But there are also a lot of more subtle differences, and knowing all the differences between the two types of luggage can help you find a luggage set that is right for you and makes your travels easier. Materials: Hardside luggage is usually made of aluminum or polycarbonates. They are chosen because they have a good strength-to-weight ratio. Softside luggage is made of a variety of materials, including vinyl, cotton, polyester, leather and other durable materials. These materials are chosen because they are lightweight, flexible and durable. Features: The features offered on softside and hardside luggage are nearly identical. They both often offer wheels and extendable handles for convenience when carrying the luggage. Inside, they can have an array of pockets for holding toiletries or preventing clothes from getting wrinkled. What can be different is that softside luggage typically has several pockets that are accessible without opening the suitcase. Also, softside luggage almost always uses zippers to hold it close, but hardside luggage will have some type of latch to secure it. Price: Many factors determine the cost of luggage; one of which is the materials it is made of, but features, size, brand and other factors play a part as well. Not all hard materials are the same and not all soft materials are the same, but on average, the initial cost of hardside luggage is going to be higher than the initial cost of comparable softside luggage. One thing to consider though is value. If you are a frequent flyer, the initial cost of hardside luggage might be offset by its longevity. Use: If you are someone who keeps their luggage close to them and will only take a carry-on with you, the lightweight, flexibility of softside luggage might be better for you. The rigid shape of a hardside case doesn't always conform to the shape of an overhead bin; however, if you like to check your bags, hardside luggage is less likely to be damaged when thrown around in the holding area and will keep its contents from getting crushed when another bag gets thrown on top of it. Bottom line: When it comes down to it, both softside luggage and hardside luggage do the same basic thing. But the choice is about you and what you want. Do you want something that is incredibly durable and will protect everything inside of it? Or would you rather have luggage that is more flexible and lightweight? View All Luggage Back to Guides Directory View All Luggage
Imagine that you are planning a trip that will take you from the equator to Antarctica in seven days. Now imagine that you have to limit the amount of gear you pack to 35 pounds or less. The task is getting more complicated. What kind of luggage would you choose and how would you pack for a trip that encompasses such extreme changes in climate and altitude? When Erica Davis, a paraplegic athlete, and Tara Butcher, a physically challenged athlete, climb Africa's highest peak, they will have to answer exactly those questions. The challenge: Mount Kilimanjaro rises from nearly sea level all the way up to 19,330 feet. The trail climbs from the hot bushland through rain forest, moorland, alpine desert and arctic glaciers up to the rocky Uhuru peak. A climb like Mt. Kili presents special challenges when it comes to luggage, clothing and gear. Being prepared for the weather and temperature extremes is a necessity, but it's also important not to pack too much. There is a 35-pound weight limit to each piece of luggage carried by a porter. Most climbers pack one 35-pound capacity bag to go up with a porter and one small daypack to carry up themselves. The daypack: Erica and Tara will have 7 days to summit Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro. As they pass from one ecological zone to the next, their needs will change and so will the contents of their daypacks. Each day Erica and Tara will repack their daypacks in anticipation of the specific challenges of the day's journey. In general, their daypacks will include things like water, snacks, dry clothing, waterproof gear and sunscreen. The importance of keeping clothing and gear dry cannot be overstated. When choosing a daypack, a small to medium backpack made of lightweight, moisture-resistant material that comes with a removable waterproof shell will be ideal. It's also helpful if the backpack has convenient access to a water bottle compartment or can accommodate a water bladder. Plenty of pockets, zipper compartments and hooks are also handy. What to pack: A sturdy but lightweight water-repellant duffel bag with a capacity of about 35 pounds is ideal for the trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The bag needs to have room for plenty of layers of breathable, moisture-wicking clothing and layers of fleece clothing, as well as a waterproof layer. To save space, it's a good idea to pack clothing that does double duty, such as pants that easily convert into shorts. Aside from clothing, the climb will also require accessories like sunglasses, hats and gloves, plus equipment like trekking poles and a headlamp, as well as toiletries like sunscreen, insect repellent and a first-aid kit. Support the Challenged Athletes Foundation: Overstock.com and the C.H.E.K Institute are co-sponsoring Erica and Tara's climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise awareness for athletes with physical challenges who wish to participate and compete in sports. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). CAF raises funds to give physically challenged athletes the opportunity to stay active and competitive in the sports they love. To show your support for physically challenged athletes like Erica and Tara, donate now to the Challenged Athletes Foundation for the Fit 4 Kili Climb. View All Luggage Back to Guides Directory View All Luggage
If you want to bring more sparkle to your life, then consider shopping for a few new gold charms. A charm bracelet isn't necessary for showcasing gold charms, so even if you aren't the type to wear fancy jewelry, you can still try a few luxurious trinkets. This fun type of gold jewelry can be worn in a variety of ways, allowing you to showcase your personality with plenty of sparkly flair. If you are looking for new, unique jewelry options, consider these tips for accessorizing with gold charms.
When children have a lot of stuff to carry, whether that stuff is schoolbooks or toys, a kids' backpack can help them keep things organized and accessible. Because backpacks help distribute weight evenly across your child's shoulders, kids' backpacks allow even a small child to safely carry more than she could with a messenger bag, tote bag or suitcase.
Life is hard enough without losing the ability to express yourself. Just because you have to haul books, papers, laptops, presentations and more, there's no reason not to make your canvas backpack your own. Learn how to personalize your canvas backpack and you can show the world who you are no matter where you and your backpack go.
This Valentine's Day, give a gift that is personal and symbolic. Your girlfriend or wife will truly appreciate receiving jewelry that seems to have been made just for her. Charms can be used to personalize a charm bracelet or any other type of jewelry. Consider these favorite charm styles when shopping for Valentine's Day gifts.
Regardless of grade, all students want their backpacks to look cool and reflect their personality. Whether the bag announces a student's musical tastes, political views or favorite cartoons, it's easy to make a backpack look stylish by adding patches, pins and custom artwork, such as embroidery. Take a look below to learn how to make a bag look cool as you get ready to go back to school.
The time quickly arrives when your little baby is ready for a backpack. Shopping for a kid's backpack can be quite an adventure since you must balance practical needs with the cool factor your child -- and all of her friends -- demand. You'll want to consider a few different things depending on whether your kid's backpack will be used as a book bag for school or as a pack for overnight trips. But any way you and your child plan to use the backpack, you'll want to choose a stylish bag that will be able to stand up to the wear kids can inflict.
A good sleeping bag can make all the difference when you're sleeping outdoors. Sleeping bags keep you warm at night and protect you from the elements, whether you're camping with or without a tent. You'll want to treat your sleeping bag as well as it does you. Proper sleeping bag care will help your sleeping bags perform well and last longer. Here are some general care tips to prolong the life of your sleeping bags.
When it comes to usability, camera bags are arguably the most important camera accessory you'll own. If camera bags are a regular part of your ensemble, make sure they're both fashionable and functional. If you've fallen in love with modern satchel-style camera bags, or warmed up to an eye-catching colorful leather camera backpack, stop to check whether the camera case has the features you really need. Here are some features to look for in camera bags that will hold up to your standards.
After a long day, there's nothing quite like sinking your head into a fluffy down pillow. Pillows filled with down are incredibly luxurious, but without the proper care, their comfort level can be seriously deflated. To keep your bed pillows from going flat, getting lumpy or breeding allergens, there are a few simple steps you can take. Learn how to fluff down pillows and prepare to reach a level of comfort worthy of a dream!
Other than flat-pack furniture, most furniture you purchase will come with the bulk of the assembly work already done. However, when receiving a new piece of furniture, such as a sofa or a table, you may find that the legs or other detachable features may have to be installed after shipping. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about furniture assembly.
Most snowboarders want their snowboard pants to do three things: Keep them warm, keep them dry and make them look good. While the latter is a matter of personal taste, the first two requirements can easily be fulfilled. Be sure to choose snowboard pants or bibs that have the necessary features to make your day on the slopes a good one.
Duffel bags are the perfect overnight bags, weekenders, travel luggage, and gym and sports bags. A large duffel bag is even more helpful because it can take the place of multiple small pieces of luggage. Are you thinking about buying a large duffel bag for yourself? With so many great features, this is an essential piece of luggage to have.
Buying a motorcycle is a big deal, but so is buying a stylish motorcycle jacket to go with it. After your helmet, a high-quality black leather jacket may be the most important motorcycle gear you buy. A classic motorcycle jacket not only makes a statement of the wearer's individuality, but it also provides protection against the elements and offers crucial reinforcement for the body in the case of a crash. When you shop for a biker jacket that will protect you for years to come, you'll want to consider the material, the fit, the padding and the pockets. This motorcycle jacket buying guide will show you how to buy the men's motorcycle jacket or women's motorcycle jacket that is right for you.
Proper care of dress pants can extend wear time and maximize the investment you've made in your clothing. Knowing how to care for and iron both women's dress pants will keep them looking their best and ensure that every pair of pants in your closet is ready to wear at any time. Caring for your dress pants takes only a few extra minutes every day and can reduce the amount of money you spend on repairs or special cleaning.
Changing the look of your whole bedroom is easy when you use a duvet cover. Sometimes referred to as comforter covers, they are the best thing you'll find to keep your comforter or duvet stylish as well as clean. Here's what you need to know when you're shopping for one.
When you need a little extra storage space for jewelry, clothing or even your computer or home entertainment system, an armoire is a cure-all for nearly every room in your home. With so much additional storage space, figuring out how to organize your armoire is a must. Obviously, the type of armoire you have will dictate your organizing techniques. After all, if you are stashing a stack of DVDs in your jewelry armoire or hanging a dress in your computer armoire, then you have bigger organizational problems. Here are a few tips on how to best organize some of the most popular types of armoires.