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Hi! I'm Curbly's editor-in-chief. Please, feel free to contact me if you have ideas or submissions. I blog about my adventures in man-crafting at Curbly's brother site, ManMade. I have a never-updated website at


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How to: Make DIY Pumpkin Cups and Mugs for Tasty Fall Beverages

By: Chrisjob Oct 02, 2015

I'll admit it: I don't really like carving pumpkins. I always have grand plans, but by the time you head to the patch, select just the right one, gorge on popcorn balls, look for the carving tools, spread the newspaper, and begin the epic cleanout process...I'm kinda over it.    Continue Reading

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Hey, You! Want to Write for Curbly?

By: Chrisjob Jul 15, 2015

Are you passionate about home design, DIY decor, and creating a space where you love to live? is looking for regular contributors to create original blog posts each week, focusing on original how-tos, design trends, great products for the home, and sharing DIY inspiration.    Continue Reading

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How did you hang the art work?  The white panels.

I bought an eames look alike chair but it squeaks. any idea how to stop the creaking?

Hi Chris, I was trying to find the complete instructions for the origami shamrock you folded from a dollar bill. Would you be able to share them with me. Thanks, Ruthie

Thanks for the add--Looking forward to joining the columbus DIY enthusiasts :)

I was trying to find your complete set of instructions for the shamrock origami... would you be able to share those again?


I would be happy to do a tutorial on them.  I know what you mean, I'm not a quilter but I love that ruler.


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Thanks for adding me as a friend!;P

Buying a sewing machine at a sewing machine shop isn't quite as stressful as buying a car! However, there is a lot to choose from, which can be intimidating. But you seem to have a price in mind, so that should help. Having 'extra' feet is a great perk. That's one thing with Berninas, they have TONS of specialty feet, which can add up--but they're really cool! (Mine came with maybe 4 or 5, if I remember correctly.) A walking foot is good for bulky stuff. Machine quilters, especially, like them. Are you going to quilt? If not, I wouldn't pay extra for something like that right away; they're pretty expensive. Oh, that's another thing. I'd hold off buying any extras right away. They may sound good, but you might not need them. It's best to play with it and see what you need. Feed dogs are those grippy deals that draw your fabric through as you sew. They're under your presser foot. Too bad about the uppity Bernina people. If you do go in to browse/shop and they give you attitude, just ask them if they're condescending and rude to all their customers or if it's just you--that should straighten them out!!

The Janome looks interesting to me too. I like that it says it has speed control, which sounds like variable speed. The pressure foot adjustment sounds great—I think mine is suppose to be automatic, but I’m not sure. And it has a DC motor, which is very good. Is there a Janome dealer near you? If so, I’d absolutely go in and take it for a test drive. Also, I’d even bring samples of typical fabric (especially heavier stuff and lighter stuff) that you think you’ll be sewing. I will warn you, however, this is what probably got me to buy the more expensive Bernina–testing them all out. It’s like shopping for a car. They start you at the Toyota and then move up to the Volvo. You’ll probably want the Volvo. Oh, and speaking of Volvo’s, where is Janome made? Although nationality shouldn’t matter, as you know, it often does. Berninas are made in Switzerland, and that European engineering is apparent.

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