Room Design Furniture Placement
Take a Test Drive
New sewers should ask the dealer to take you through a test drive on fabrics of different weights and textures. A precision machine should be able to stitch on a variety of fabric types with equal ease. Look for even stitches with good tension control. If the tension is correct, the stitches will look the same on both the top and bottom of the fabric without puckers.
A Reminder for Experienced Sewers
If you are one of the millions of people who already owns a sewing machine, but haven’t stitched for ages, take advantage of a rainy day. Clean and oil up your machine and take a trip through the fabric shops. It’s like visiting a spring garden in full bloom and will almost make you forget what’s going on outside.
SO Distressed Furniture
Refinishing old furniture is one way to save money and furnish a room with an interesting item. There are many ways to do this. Distressed furniture has become quite popular and looks especially good in a country setting. However, I’ve seen many such pieces in contemporary environments, often lending charm to the rest of the furnishings. If you find a piece of furniture with good lines but the finish isn’t perfect, you might consider a crackle finish to make it look even older but better-looking than it is.
This is a glazed finish that looks as though the painted surface is cracked overall. The appearance is like that of a cracked eggshell. Crackle glaze was invented in France in the eighteenth century. It was inspired by the lacquer finish of imported Oriental ceramics and Japanese Raku pottery. Today it is used by faux finishers to add faded character to a painted piece of furniture, moldings, picture and mirror frames.