How to Listen to Music While Running in the Rain

It has long been an ambition of mine to be able to listen to music while I run in the rain. Perhaps I should explain myself, I have been running as a hobby for most of my adult life. I love the fact that while I run I am able to get some alone time which clears my mind and allows me to order thoughts in my head that otherwise are easily jumbled up with the hurly-burly of everyday living. I also love listening to music. However, it has not always been very easy to listen to music while running.

The Sony Walkman Years

It is easy to forget that technological development that allow the listening to music while running are not that old. Indeed, it was virtually impossible even as little as 30 years ago. Then the Sony Walkman came out and suddenly you could listen to your cassette tape and the experience of running was transformed. However, there were still problems. Sony Walkman were essentially small cassette tape players that still required a small motor to work, the action of running while wearing a Walkman often resulted in the motor slowing or jumping making the listening experience far from perfect.

Sony and the other Walkman clone manufacturers tried their best to deal with the problems encountered when the motor was vibrated. However, although some improvements were made, and still further benefits were experienced when the tapes were replaced with CD players, it was not until the development of the mp3 player and the Apple iPod that things changed significantly for the better. In fact so ubiquitous are mp3 players these days that it is almost amazing to think that they have really only been around for approximately 10 years.

The Problem of the Wires

Of course although the introduction of the mp3 player very effectively solved the problem of the motor slowing and returning to normal during the running step, the next problem to solve, one which had been there all along but not being the most important was overlooked. This was the problem of wires. The wires attaching the headphones through which you listened to the music were frustrating. They frequently snagged on clothing or pulled out of the mp3 player and generally were quite annoying.

Bluetooth Saved the Day

And then came Bluetooth and the problems were almost all sorted. Bluetooth headphones connect to the mp3 player, or what is now a smart phone, wirelessly. This means that you can now listen to music while your smart phone sits safely in your pocket, or on an arm band. The music you are listening to can be turned on or off, and volume up or down by the press of a few buttons on the headset themselves. No more problems with wires.

However, the early Bluetooth devices were not waterproof which meant that although they were great when used on a dry day if it began to rain you needed to take off the headphones and store them safely in case they became damaged in the wet conditions.

Finally, and only relatively recently this last remaining problem appears to have been solved with the development of waterproof Bluetooth headphones. Hurray! Now finally you can run in the rain while listening to music. The range of waterproof Bluetooth headphones is relatively small at the moment, however I think that if their development path continues as the forerunners of these devices did then it will be a short time before we have a wide range of robust waterproof Bluetooth headsets to choose from rather than the relatively small selection currently available.

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Serger Sewing Machines Explained

What is a Serger Sewing Machine?

serger sewing machineHow is a serger different from a stand and sewing machine? One of the biggest differences is how the stitches are formed. A standard sewing machine has two threads: an upper thread, which goes through the need le, and a bobbin thread, when you sew, the threads meet within the fabric, locking together to form a stitch. A serger doesn’t have a bobbin; instead, it has loopers, which are curved, moving arms with an eye in one end. The looper carries thread fed from a spool through a series of guides. Your machine may have two or three loopers, depending on the type of serger it is.

The loopers work with the needle (or needles, depending on your serger and the type of stitch you are making). Together, they knit the stitch onto the fabric’s edge. Loopers do not pierce the fabric. Instead, they by stitches on the top and bottom surf aces of the fabric and “lock” them along the fabrics edge, catching the thread from the moving needle.

Sergers are also sometimes called overlock machines

As the Fabric approaches the presser foot on a serger, it passes under a moving knife blade, which trims away any excess fabric. The blade cuts the scam allowance to the exact width of the stitches that wrap the edge.

Because the serger trims. stitches, and Finishes the edge all at the same time, you can quickly and easily sew perfect, finished scams in one pass.

With your serger, you can make seams to join Iwo pieces of Fabric, Finish edges, gather ruffles, and sew on trims. But this wonderful machine does much more than utilitarian work—it can sew many decorative effects and finishes, especially if you use special, novelty threads that add dimension or sheen.

For some tasks, you’ll still need your sewing machine—for example, for basting a seam, topstitching, or creating buttonholes. Together they can help you stitch just about anything! You’ll soon discover ways of combining the best of both machines to get fast, professional results.

Serger Styles

There are several different types of sergers. They are categorized by the number of threads the) can use. The more threads a serger can use, the more complex its stitches can be— and the more versatile it is. Most sergers available today are either 4-thread or 5-thread machines. Both types sew a strong seam and a variety of stitches. If you come across a 3-thread serger, it’s probably an older model, which is still great for finishing edges but doesn’t sew as strong a seam.

Most 4-thread sergers can sew with 2, 3, or 4 threads. A 5-thread serger can sew with 2, 3, 4, or S threads. With different brands and models, however, there is some variation as to the stitches and functions available. Refer to your machine manual to learn about the stitch capabilities of your specific model, or if you are shopping for a serger, be sure to ask the sewing machine retailer to explain what each model can and cannot do.

Serger Parts

Some serger parts are similar to the parts of a standard sewing machine, but other parts are unique to sergers. Models also differ from each other, so consider your machine manual your best friend as you’re getting started. Once you learn the basics of your machine, you’ll have all the confidence you need to serge creatively!

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