## CALCULATING YARDAGE – DRAPES & CURTAINS

Calculating yardage for drapes and curtains can be tricky!

We found an awesome tutorial on the subject by Imagine Design Blog and want to share it.

HOW TO CALCULATE FABRIC YARDAGE FOR DRAPES AND CURTAINS

1. Measure from the top of your curtain rod to where you want your drapes to fall. Some people prefer drapes that end below the window, while others prefer floor-length window treatments. Write this length measurement onto your paper.

2. Measure from one end of your curtain rod to the other to determine the width of your window. This is more accurate than measuring the window itself because your rod likely extends a bit to the left and right of the actual window frame. Write the width measurement down.

3. Add 3-4 inches top & bottom (6-8″ total) to the length measurement to account for seams, a slightly stiffer header to be hung from rings and material used for sewing a rod pocket. For instance, if you need 90-inch drapes, your material will need to be 98 inches long.

4. Multiply the width measurement by 2.5 to account for the fullness needed in proper window treatments. Add 2 inches to this number to account for seams. For instance, if your width measurement is 80 inches, your lengths of material will need to add up to 202 inches wide.

5. Divide your final length measurement by 36 to determine the necessary yardage. There are 36 inches in a yard. If you need 98 inches of length, that is the same as 2.72 yards of fabric.

6. Divide your final width measurement by the width of the fabric you are purchasing. Since most upholstery material is 54 inches in width, you can estimate that you would need about four 2.72-yard lengths of it, or a total of 10.88 yards of material. Most fabric stores will simply round that up to 11 yards of material.

7. Multiply the length of each panel by the amount of panels to get your total yardage.

NOTE:  It is imperative that you have the right sewing machine, thread and needles

for the project and type of material used!

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## IMPROVING INDOOR AIR DURING FIRE SEASON

From Central Washington to North Idaho, over thousands of firefighters are tackling more than dozens of wildfires that cover more than a thousand square miles. The fires, which cover an area roughly the size of Rhode Island, are expected to burn until the snow starts falling in mid-November.

In addition to the obvious risk to life and property, wildfires create smoke and ash, which can affect you even hundreds of miles away from the burn zone. Smoke contains fine particles, which easily and quickly penetrate the lungs even during short exposure. If you suffer from a heart condition, asthma or other respiratory issues, you’re at greater risk. The good news is, Blueair SmokeStop™ filters are specifically designed for environments with heavy gaseous pollutants, such as smoke, odors, and harmful VOCs.

According to a recent study conducted by Climate Central, “Wildfires burning within 50-100 miles of a city routinely caused air quality to be 5-15 times worse than normal, and often 2-3 times worse than the worst non-fire day of the year.” Large metro areas are also at risk of wildfire pollution.

If you’re in an area affected by wildfire smoke, it is a good idea to check your local Air Quality Index to get regular updates throughout the day. Websites like Airnow.gov will give you an up-to-date overview of your current air pollution.

### When air quality is at an unhealthy level:

• Stay indoors as much as you can
• Turn off your A/C to avoid pulling in outdoor smoke
• Change your home’s air filter regularly
• Be informed -paper dust and surgical masks do not protect against the fine particles in smoke

IMPORTANT:  If you or someone you know are in an area affected by wildfire smoke, a Blueair purifier with added SmokeStop™ filter can help you breathe easier.  Blueair SmokeStop Filters also  remove dust, pollen, bacteria, pet dander, mold spores, and other airborne particles.

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VIDEO:  Smoke Box Test

## SEWING & CRAFTING FURNITURE CONSIDERATIONS

CHECK LIST FOR CHOOSING

THE RIGHT SEWING AND CRAFTING FURNITURE & CABINETRY

Choosing the right sewing, serging and crafting furniture is important.  We’ve created a checklist of aspects and features to consider before shopping and investing in furniture that is likely to be a lifetime investment.  ~ShopJoya

Construction

When choosing sewing furniture and cabinetry, look for units made of/with quality materials and quality workmanship.  Choose a manufacturer with a high level of customer satisfaction.  Top quality hardware and modern drawer pulls make a significant difference over the life of the furniture.

Assembly

Many sewing and crafting furniture manufacturers ship products requiring some or full assembly.  For most of us this becomes a difficult, if not impossible task.  For this reason, look for a manufacturer who will ship furniture that is fully-assembled.

Ease of Movement

Ease of movement is critical for those who sew and craft.  Choose furniture with center-of-the-needle sitting position, which increases visibility and decreases back strain. Also beneficial are commercial grade casters to make your cabinet easy to move, or remain securely in place.

Ergonomics

Do your back, neck and shoulders a favor!  Choose sewing cabinetry with the Rudersburg Lift.  This lift will allow you to move your machine to the desired position and effortlessly raise your sewing machine or serger from the bottom closed position to the flat sewing position.  See video about The Rudersburg Lift at the end of this post.

Design/Finish

Visually beautiful finishes are important, but equally important in purchasing sewing furniture is to choose a unit that is durable, heat, scuff, scratch and stain resistant as well as cabinetry that is completely finished front to back, inside and out.

Expandability

Sewing furniture and cabinetry best meets the changing needs of those who sew and craft by offering expandability.  When shopping, choose a unit that you can configure to meet your needs, as well as offering the option of adding pieces, such as additional sections, cabinet doors, drawers, etc.

Warranty

The purchase of sewing, serging and crafting furniture & cabinetry is truly a long-term

Choose a manufacturer that stands behind their product with a lifetime warranty.

Our recommendation for the finest in sewing, serging and crafting furniture is

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VIDEO:  The Rudersburg Lift

## PURE INDOOR AIR

PURE INDOOR AIR MATTERS

Air gives life to all living things,

from our first miraculous breath, the air we breathe is something we count on.

Our homes are constantly being bombarded by pollutants.

To eradicate these pollutants, indoor air must be continually purified at a high rate.

Find out how to purify the air in your home and work space by viewing the video below.

Clean indoor air matters and is now available for every home.

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