Sustainability: Using your sewing hobby to save the planet Earth

Sewing and all related crafts and activities cover a really wide range of different types of work. In other words, depending on what you intend to create, you need to have the appropriate tools. That's why there are so many different kinds of sewing machines out there.

All sewing machines can be separated into two main categories. Industrial sewing machines and home sewing machines. We are going to briefly cover the most popular of those types.

Industrial ones are made specifically for one type of work and they do that work perfectly. However, since they are specialized for sewing a certain kind of projects, they can't do much other than that. The other characteristic they possess is the fact that they are made very sturdy and can last for a very long time without almost any kind of mechanical maintenance.

Home sewing machines are, as their name implies, designed to be used at home by both experienced sewing enthusiasts and complete beginners, depending on the model of the machine. They are made so that you can make various kinds of projects and conduct different kind of sewing work. But even so, they also tend to have one certain area of expertise in which they excel.

Now that we've covered the main two groups, let's see how sewing machines can be separated into different categories based on what kind of work they do and how they do it.
Related: Types of sewing machines - the ultimate guide

Mechanical sewing machines are the ones that don't have those fancy modern additions like USB sticks or Wi-Fi connections or such. Most of their parts and functions are mechanical and are operated manually by the user. For example, you thread the needle yourself, adjust the tension yourself, adjust the presser foot yourself and so on. Both the old school cool models that don't run on electricity and the modern ones with electromotors fit into this category. Mechanical sewing machines are usually quite easy to use and that makes them a great choice for beginners. They have the basic capabilities but can perform a solid number of tasks. They are also very affordable and easily fixed when broken.

Computerized sewing machines are the complete opposite. They are almost entirely automatic and don't require you to do much besides the actual sewing. These models have some useful modern additions like internal memory that allows you to input some cool stuff into it like your own original stitch type or embroidery design and so on. They come pricey and aren't very appropriate for beginners because they have a ton of functions and can perform a wide variety of tasks. Repairs are a drag because they take a long time to be finished and can cost you quite some money.

Electronic sewing machines are inbetween those two. They're hybrids of computerized and mechanical machines. Some functions are automated and some are done manually. Portable sewing machines usually fit into this category.

Embroidery sewing machines are designed for embroidery work obviously. They can imprint different kinds of complex and interesting designs and patterns on fabrics. These machines come as both industrial and computerized models.

Overlock sewing machines are the best at connecting two pieces of fabric and giving them a finished edge. Thin, thick, hard or soft, stretch or sticky materials don't present a problem for these machines.

So there you have it, those are your sewing machine types!

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People in the US do not trust the government, the politicians or the industries for protecting the environment

With the growing awareness of the people in regard to the environmental problems, the pollution, the global warming and other pertinent issues which are affecting our lives and the lives of our children, Americans are still putting their faith in the environmental organizations to protect the environment. The least trust which Gallup’s environmental annual poll has reported is in the Government, the Republican Party, and the large corporations. More than ¼ of the population in the US has claimed that it trusts the local environmental groups “a whole deal” for protecting the environment. About 43% have expressed a moderate amount of trust in these groups, and just 3 out of every 10 people say that they have little or no trust in these groups. The results are also the same for national environmental groups, but overall the trust in these groups has been decreasing since 2000.

The Government

Of all people who participated in the poll, 22% say they trust the federal environmental agencies a great deal, and 42% trust them moderately. The public trust is slightly lower when it comes to State environmental agencies, the poll shows.

The Politicians

Only 11% of the Americans have expressed a great amount of trust in politicians to help protect the environment, and 33% claim they have moderate trust in them. More than 50% have expressed very little or no trust when it comes to protecting the environment and the role which the US Congress plays in the process. What has been done to reduce the footprint of the manufacturing facilities such as those for tires or work boots manufacturing is not enough. As for the political parties, the results of the poll show that the Democratic Party is trusted in full by 15% of the people, and moderately by 37%. On the other hand, only 9% claim that they trust the Republican Party for paying an important role in environmental protection, and 32% have moderate amounts of trust in the Republicans when it comes to the environment.

The private industry

People seem to trust the smaller industries more than the larger corporations for their role in protecting the environment.  15% trust the smaller business a great deal and 30% trust them moderately. The larger industries gain only 7% of a great amount of trust and 29% a moderate amount of trust for doing something to help protect the environment. Just look at the safety work boots at MyBootprint and think about it - producing each pair that help working americans do their job well has its price with high footprint. Each of the factories could offset it by planting trees or enforcing improved work practices. Overall, the results of the poll show that Americans have very little trust in either the Government, the large Industries and in the politicians for taking counteractions against the various environmental threats. So, the question is - who do the American people trust to do something about our endangered environment?

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Big green ideas for the workplace

So, you already lead a greener lifestyle at home, but how about being more eco-friendly at your workplace? Here are some ideas on creating and maintaining a much greener workplace and teaching your colleagues and employers proper corporate and social responsibility towards environmental preservation: (more…)

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