On The Mend

Firefighter uniforms stay in shape with a little extra sewing attention

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It’s pretty much a given that firefighters make the best cooks. Some of these men and women really know their way around a kitchen and how to feed hungry coworkers. But could they manage figuring out how to operate the best sewing machine or hand-sew a hem?


Firefighters are in a job where maintaining equipment is critical to success. How many hours are dedicated to ensuring the truck runs without issues or the hoses stay in top condition? As much as those items are essential to battling fires, so are your uniforms and protective clothing. Are you prepared to make sure they are in proper condition? If you’re brave enough to tackle roaring flames, then you should be gutsy enough to try your hand at sewing.


First, some basics: Obviously a sewing machine will allow you to do more heavy-duty stitching, and might be required for extensive repairs. However, there are many mending activities that can be accomplished by hand with a needle and thread. When hand sewing, make sure to knot the thread; after guiding the thread through the needle’s eye, even up both ends then, with them together, form a circle, slip the ends through and pull tight. If the material is thick, then repeat this step a few times to have a large enough knot.


Replacing a button

Hold the button in place while pushing the needle from the backside of the material through one of the buttonholes. Cross over the button to another hole and push the needle down through. Do this as many times as needed with each set of buttonholes until the button is tightly secured. When finished, slip the needle under some of the stitches you created on the backside of the material, pull through almost all the way, then slip the needle through the loop that’s created. This will knot the thread and keep everything in place.


If the fabric under the button is ripped, fix this before fixing the button. The easiest way is to use an iron-on patch and follow directions on the package.


Fixing a fallen hem

The secret to repairing a pant leg hem is to first pin the hem in place. Sew stitches about 1 cm apart and keep them loose to prevent puckering. The stitch should be hardly visible on the outside of the pants. For a no-stitch quick fix, try a hemming web that will fuse the hem in place (follow package instructions).


Securing a seam

A busted seam really is pretty simple to repair. Again, pin it in place before taking a needle and thread to it. However, for your repair to last, start sewing slightly before the tear, going over or reinforcing the still-intact seam. The same applies for the other end of the tear.


Knowing how to fix minor clothing mishaps doesn’t require the experienced hand of a professional seamstress. With a little know-how and a willingness to put in the effort, you can keep your work clothes in great shape.

Are Styling Tools A Fire Hazard?

For gorgeous, shiny hair, many women are turning to home hair care, salon-quality products and styling tools just like the professionals use. I love my Sedu ceramic straightener. It’s easy to use, makes my fine, frizz-prone hair smooth and lustrous, and it heats up fast. For days when I want a little bounce in my hair as well as my step, I like the Remington Tstudio Salon Collection Ceramic curling iron, a versatile, well-priced iron which is reviewed here: http://www.betterhairday.com.
styling tools fire hazardsAll that heat in front of your bathroom mirror, add in some styling products, possibly with alcohol in them, and you have my typical morning routine. You may also have a potential fire hazard on your hands!

Did you know the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors recommends that you not only switch off all your hair appliances when you’re done, but that you also unplug them?

A faulty wire or switch (totally unnoticeable in your day-to-day use of your styling tool) may cause a short or even a fire in your home! Small appliances and hairstyling tools will still draw a very small amount of electric current, so when your hairstyle is perfected, turn off your tools, allow them to cool down for a minute, then unplug them and wrap the cord carefully around the handle (not the heated plates). Since most newer styling tools, especially those with tourmaline or ceramic plates, get as hot as 450 degrees, make certain that they’re cool to the touch before you put them away.
Be careful with styling products, too. I love the environment and do my best to keep green, but I also love a good aerosol hairspray for volume and hold on a humid spring day. These products can be combustible, especially if exposed to a super-heated styling tool! Watch out, use them with care and store your styling tools away from your styling products.
Another danger to avoid is using your styling tool near water.

Everyone knows to not use the hair dryer in the bathtub, but the same super hot ceramic tool you use to get your shiniest hair might also be a hazard near even a small puddle of water on a bathroom countertop. Wipe down your vanity quickly before going to work in your locks with a heated tool. Even a small bit of water may pose a hazard for an electric shock or even a short! Talk about a bad hair day!

Always use the rubber grip to hold the tool, don’t touch it any surface other than your hair, and always use the safety “kickstand” when setting it down. (Remember, only set it down for a minute and try to avoid walking away from it!)
Keep your fire exits clear, your smoke alarms up-to-date and be careful whe handling your hairstyling tools! As great as a visit from sexy firemen may sound, by staying safe, you’ll be beautiful, smart and relaxed. Pretty neat!
If you liked this post, there’s plenty more useful and fun beauty information on our site that is not a fire hazard!