Thursday, March 28

The Janome 2212 Sewing Machine

The Features

If you're looking for an affordable sewing machine for beginners or entry-level sewers, then the Janome 2212 might be the one you are looking for. Despite the absence of fancy features and top-of-the-line technology found in more expensive models, it is built to last and makes sure the job gets done.

The Janome 2212 is very basic and lacks the digital found in today's newer models. With its 12 built-in stitches, this sewing machine lets you get your job done well and even add a touch of creativity to it. Stitching becomes a simple task because of the dial pattern selection, as well as the stitch breadth and length adjustment features. If a sewer needs to be versatile in sewing different types of garments using different sewing types, here is when the drop feed and free are features come in. Working at a speed of 860 stitches per minute, this sewing machine guarantees a faster yet neater stitching experience. Thread winding becomes easy and convenient due to the machine's push-pull bobbin winder. The built-in thread cutter and the snap-on presser feet allows for easier operation all in all.

The following are all the features of the Janome 2212:

    12 built-in stitches
    860 stitches per minute sewing speed
    Built-in thread cutter
    Four step buttonhole maker
    Free arm sewing
    Front loading bobbin
    Manual tension control
    Snap-on presser feet
    Turn dial stitch selection

The Pros

    An inexpensive machine - the Janome 2212 is probably the most affordable entry-level sewing machine you can find in the market
    Easy to use - beginners are not going to have any problems using this machine as it is not at all complicated to use
    12 built-in stitches - this feature offers variety and creativity for sewing projects
    Since it is mechanical, it doesn't spawn much issues like those of electronic sewing machines

The Cons

    For people who love fancy and modern features, this machine is not advisable since it only sports basic features
    The stretch stitching feature is non-customizable

The Verdict

The Janome 2212 Sewing Machine is a great machine, with lots of positive reviews. It is a great machine to use by beginners, intermediate sewers, and even by advanced sewers who want to have a lighter and portable machine to work on. With such an affordable price as sold in low price, the Janome 2212 is a great option for sewers looking for a basic, lightweight machine.


All About Fake Snow Machines

Fake snow machine is usually used in creating artificial snow for entertainment purposes. It works by creating imitation snow through a mixed solution. It uses hoses, pressure washers and air compressor in generating white flakes. In most cases, the generated white substance will actually look like the real snow that falls from the sky. You may even find it very difficult to notice any difference.

Actually, fake snow machines showcase in a variety of types. Each type is meant for specific purpose and geographic location. You have to bear this in mind when looking for one. Some of them generate snow in a more natural way while others generate the white substance in clear-cut artificial manner. In any case, all the machines mainly generate artificial snow whenever they are used. They make use of nozzles, spray, water pump and other tools in creating the while substance. Many of them also come with special features such as timers, tanks, and pumps. They can generate varieties of white flakes. In most cases, the artificial snows they generate evaporate rapidly within some minutes.

There are several benefits that come with a good snow generating machine. In the first place, it can be very easy to use. It comes with simple user instructions. All you need is to follow the instructions as you put it into use. It makes use of a mixed solution in producing the snow in a unique manner. You simply press the right button to get the machine to action.

The machine generates fake snow for entertainment purposes. This is usually the case in various ski resorts, cinema centers, and movie locations. Normally, the snow that will be generated produces special effects on the environment. It makes the entire area look calm and beautiful. The white flakes generated can also be used in decorating theme parks and night clubs. During special events or festivals, good fake snow machines can be used in generating white flakes all over the environment. They simply make the event's area look cute and awesome.

In all, the white flakes generated by the machines don't have any ugly effect on the environment. They usually disappear within few minutes. You can always rent a quality fake snow machine when you search online. If you have the cash, you can also buy one. There are several vendors that market the products. You can always use any of the machines in decorating your environment during special occasions or events.


Monday, February 25

Washing Machines - Top Load Vs Front Load Washers

Washing machines in the past only have but few basic features - the control dial for wash cycle options (from delicate to heavy wash), the load size and the drier. But now, with better than ever technology, washing machines have innovated from simple to sophisticated home appliance. In this washing machine review, we will tackle the features that you should look for when buying a washers. But always keep in mind that the best machine for your washing is the one that suits your need; you don't necessarily have to get a washer with complete features.

1. Durability - Average washing machines have a lifespan of 10 years at the most, even longer than that with proper care and usage. You want to make sure that your machine will indeed last for 10 years. There are several machine reviews that offer a comprehensive report on the machine's performance tests; you can check the best washing machine brands when it comes to durability.

2. The tub - Would you prefer the plastic tub or a stainless steel one? How about porcelain? The steel tub/drum is more suitable for rinsing and drying than the plastic kind. The porcelain looks good, and is scratch-resistant. Nevertheless, they are all sturdy and long-lasting.

3. Load size - How much laundry do you wash per load? Do not forget to take the load size into account. Dumping a heavier load of laundry than the washing machine can normally allow for it to function properly may cause the appliance to break down.

4. Energy efficiency - How much energy does it consume? Nowadays, most washers are made to be energy-efficient.

5. Water efficiency - Does it require more gallons of water per kilogram of wash loads than the other machines? The best washing machine is water-efficient - the one that consumes lower amount of water per wash load.

6. Spin efficiency - A washer with efficient spin cycle removes more water from the clothes, which means clothes will take minimum energy and time to dry.

7. Rinse performance - How well does it keep the dirt in the water and out of the clothes during the cycle? How well does it rinse the detergent? If you want to know how certain machine brands performed in this aspect, you may check the data in washing machine reviews. Basically, the fewer amounts of detergents left in clothes after washing, the better its rinse performance. This is an important consideration since detergent residues in clothes may cause skin irritation.

8. Noise level - If you do your laundry in the basement where few people go, noise may not be much of a problem; but if you do it in a room that is adjacent to other rooms, especially bed room, it can be a problem. Consider the location of your laundry area.

9. The controls - Dial or digital? Dial-style controls are easier to use; however, the digital controls offer more options, such as setting the exact water temperature and wash settings.

10. Other features - LCD display, time delay capability and extra rinse may be some of the features that you look for.


Hot Chocolate Machines: A Blessing

It's a cold wintery night and you're crumbled up cozily on the couch along with your loved ones. You're mesmerized by the sight of the dancing flames in the fireplace and you're lost in the blissfulness of the evening. But suddenly, you realize something is missing: a rich hot chocolate drink to sweeten your tongue and warm your core.

Then, you say to yourself, "Why haven't I bought a Hot Chocolate Machine yet?"

Preparing chocolate the old-fashioned way, using the pot and stove, isn't quite enjoyable and pleasant. You'll have to waste five minutes of your time just waiting for the water to heat up. You'll have worry about the clumps of cocoa mix that won't dissolve into the milk. You'll have to keep whisking and stirring so that the drink turns out smooth. And finally, you'll have to guess when the temperature is quite right so that you turn off the stove. To top all that, the chocolate never turns out to be as you wanted it to be.

However, making that mouthwatering drink is super easy using a chocolate machine or dispenser. All you have to do is put the ingredients (milk, shaved chocolate or powdered cocoa) into the chamber, set it and forget it. The machine will heat up the mixture to the perfect temperature and blend it until it's smooth and fuzzy. You'll then dispense the heavenly drink into your cup, top it with some whipped cream, chocolate chips or marshmallows and enjoy its cozy rich taste.

Not all commercial chocolate machines are the same though; some have advantages over the others. To begin with, a hot chocolate machine automatically turns off when the drink is ready. If the drink isn't served right away, it will cool and the whole essence of "hot chocolate" will be ruined. To solve this problem, some hot chocolate machines, like the Cocoa Latte, are programmed to periodically reheat the drink back to the perfect drinking temperature. Thus, you won't have to worry about returning to a cold drink. But not all machines have this function. For instance, the Mr. Coffee Cocomotion doesn't reheat the drink unless you press the "on" button again.

Also, using some machines, you'll have to pick up the whole pitcher in order to pour the drink into your cup. However, others contain a dispenser which makes them spill-proof and kids-friendly.

Moreover, some chocolate machines or dispenser can be used for preparing other drinks such as chai, tea and latte. Some of them, including the Bialetti Chocolate Maker, even have a cold setting by which you can froth cold drinks. These additional functions add immense value to the machine.

Hot chocolate machines are pretty affordable with prices ranging from 30$ to 100$. So if you haven't got a hot chocolate machine yet, then don't postpone buying one any further.


Which Cappuccino Machine Is Best for You?

When you pass through your favourite high street coffee shop on the way to work to pick up a cappuccino before you reach your office each day, it's great. Many of us wish we could make a cappuccino when you arrive home from work to forget a difficult day and relax with your family. You can, if you buy one from a range of cappuccino machines from your favourite supplier. In fact, you could start making it at home in a travel mug, too, and save yourself quite a few quid each and every week.

Having a cappuccino maker at home means you can enjoy your favourite brand of coffee, without having to leave your home when it's cold and wet outside.

Experimenting at Home

With your own machine at home you can experiment with different cappuccino flavours, simply by choosing from a range of espresso coffees and by your choice of sprinkling over the foam. While many people choose to sprinkle cocoa on their cappuccino, cinnamon works well and you can always add vanilla or chocolate flavouring to your coffee. If you get bored with one particular type of cappuccino, you can just change the coffee whenever you want and enjoy a different blend.

Choosing from the many cappuccino machines can add a great addition to your kitchen or you might like to give a gift of the coffee maker to a friend or family on their birthday, at Christmas or for no particular reason.

If you drink fancy coffees often, the cost of purchasing a machine will quickly be recouped.

Choosing Your Cappuccino Maker

After spending a few minutes online and the world's favourite dotcom store, you will quickly see the range of cappuccino machines starting at around £60, but incredibly, you can also spend £1500+ more.

All cappuccinos are made from espresso coffee, so you will be able to choose from around four different types of espresso makers. You can buy a steam machine, a pump and piston version, a fully automatic machine or a palin espresso maker. The automatic machines are, not surprisingly, the most expensive.

Steam powered machines are the lowest cost cappuccino machines on the market. If you're extremely serious about your cappuccino consumption, you will probably want to go slightly upmarket.

If you want to create the best steam and pressure, a piston pump machine will likely serve you well.

If your budget allows you to purchase one of the automatic cappuccino machines, you won't have to worry about grinding the beans or steaming the milk, as the machine will do everything for you, being computer-controlled and temperature driven.

If your budget is at the lower end of the spectrum, you will be able to purchase an adequate cappuccino maker, but spending more will make the final experience much more enjoyable. Whatever you choose, if you are a coffee aficionado you'll enjoy experimenting at home to find your inner barista or baristo.


The New FAX Machine

I am going to date myself here. I remember when we got our first fax machine at the accounting firm I managed. Our insurance agent had just started using one so there was a bit of "peer pressure". I argued with my partner at the time (in the mid 80's) about spending the $1,000 plus to buy one. Would we even use it? We've come full circle. We rarely fax things now but our "all in one" printer/scanner/fax will let us do it if we really want to.
In 1984, telecom changed dramatically. The Department of Justice forced the break-up of the monopoly that had historically provided just about all telecommunications services. In the wake of this break-up, third parties (what we've come to know as competitive local exchange carriers or CLECs) were allowed to connect to the telephone network.

Long distance companies were "born".

To give you some perspective - my partner, Charlie, got his start in telecom consulting selling long distance services. It was a no-brainer. He took a company's current invoice for long distance charges and recalculated it with a competitive carrier. The savings were dramatic.

All you had to do was fax him your telecom bill and he would do the rest - making the transition as painless as possible. By the way, this process depended on a fax machine and that would not have been invented if there wasn't a way to plug it into a phone line. Telecom deregulation gave us the ability to do that!

Generally speaking, competition forces all of us to stay sharp and focus on continuous improvement. With that competition comes commoditization - or what is sometimes referred to as the "me too" approach to business.

This approach might work in the short-term but it typically drives prices down - to the point where there is no profit incentive for selling the product or service. We've started to see this from some of the telecom companies we work with.

In the last few years, there has been a mad dash to consolidate resulting in quite a few mergers. We've actually seen prices for telecom services level off or increase slightly as well. Telecom company customers have gotten used to saving money every time their service comes up for renewal. These days, that isn't necessarily the case.

Rather, to optimize the value of your telecom spend, it has become even more critical that you take advantage of the latest technology that is available to you. The most common way to address this is to move to "the Cloud". Cloud service providers are the new fax machine!

Our customers are often surprised by how much we save them with the telecom solution we find for them. We know the "sweet spot" for our 50+ telecom service providers and match that to your needs. You can put Go To Telecom to work for your business with no cost or obligation. You have nothing to lose and much to gain!


Tuesday, April 14

Cool Cigarette Smoking Machine

CERULEAN SM410 - Cigarette Smoking Machine at Yesmoke Laboratory

The CERULEAN SM410 Cigarette Smoking Machine analyses the cigarettes by "smoking" them according to the International ISO 4387-2000 Standards. The particulate released by the cigarette is collected by a special filter and sampled by a carbon dioxide analyser. The filter that absorbs substances like tar, water, nicotine and aromas is examined in different ways. Gravimetric readings provide the weight of the total particulate. Subsequently the filter is treated with solvents according to ISO 10315 - 2000 and ISO 10362-2 - 1994 and analysed with the prescribed techniques.