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Taking A Look At The Different Types Of Threads

download (65)If you own a cloth, embroidery or any other business that requires you to use sewing threads you need to use the highest quality of threads for you to get ideal results. There are many types of threads in the market that you can go for. The most common being:

Cotton thread

It’s probably the most common unit used in sewing delicate fabrics. It’s also heavily used in lingerie sewing companies. These threads come in different categories including: all purpose, cotton, perle, stranded, tatting, flower, quilting, and coton a broder. The different categories are ideal for different types of fabrics. To avoid damaging the fabric, always use the right thread for the right fabric.

Polyester

It’s said to be a true all-purpose thread and a great choice for both machine and hand-sewn projects. Its main feature is the wax or silicone finish that allows it to easily slip through the fabric that you are sewing. There are two main categories of these threads: all-purpose and invisible. You use the all purpose in sewing almost all types of fabrics. While you can use it in almost all of your projects, experts recommend that you avoid it in embroidery projects. The invisible thread resembles the fishing line. It’s strong and invisible thus ideal when you want to sew a large area of fabric while keeping the thread hidden.

Wool

It’s ideal when you are sewing heavy fabrics such as blankets, canvas or wool. There are many categories of wool that you can go for: Persian, tapestry and crewel wool. You only need to choose the one that is ideal for your needs.

Metallic thread

This is a unique, tough type of thread that you use in sewing handbags. It comes in different varieties including: gold, silver, and copper. It’s also used in the making of car seats. While there are many types of these units, two are the most common: purl and Japan.

Leather threads

From their name, these are units that are made from leather. Due to their tough nature they are used in sewing handbags, leather seats, and other tough fabrics.

Conclusion

These are some of the sewing threads that you can go with. When making the purchase you should not only consider the type of thread, you should also consider the thre

 

Neuroscience and Being ‘Busy’

download (64)We all know that mental stimulation is good for our brains and, more generally, for our wellbeing. But what about when we complain about being ‘too busy’? Are we moaning about something that is actually good for us?

Or does the stress that can come from being too busy outweigh any of the mental benefits we receive from it?

A recent neuroscience study may take us one step closer to answering this question.

The study

Scientists from the University of Dallas and the University of Alabama recently studied 330 healthy men and women ages 50 to 89 years old. They first asked them questions, including:

  • How often do you have too many things to do each day to actually get them all done?
  • How often do you have so many things to do that you go to bed later than your regular bedtime?

The researchers then awarded each a “busyness score,” based on their answers and then participants were tested to measure their cognitive abilities. This included their brain’s processing speed, working memory, episodic long-term memory, reasoning, and crystallized knowledge.

Tests included viewing two strings of numbers and determining whether they were the same or different; looking at boxes on a computer screen and maintaining the location of a blue token; and reading words presented in turn on a computer screen, and then recalling them.

The study authors concluded the following:

“Higher levels of busyness were associated with better cognition in adults aged 50-89.”

“Individuals who reported greater day-to-day busyness tended to have better processing speed, working memory, episodic memory, reasoning, and crystallized knowledge, and these relationships persisted after controlling for age.”

Results were especially impressive for episodic memory, which is the memory of autobiographical events.

What does this mean for organisations?

So, being busy can be good for our brains. Before management and leadership jump on this and use it as a reason to squeeze more out of employees, we need to note several things:

  • This study was conducted amongst aging individuals
  • It is only one study and the findings have not been backed up by other studies yet
  • The study does not answer the question of whether cognitive function is improved by busyness – or if good cognitive function in the first place promotes the ability to be busy?
  • Stress can also be associated with being busy – and this could outweigh any benefits associated with mental function

On the fourth point, stress has been shown to impair certain ‘types’ of thinking; when we are stressed, our natural, uncontrolled stress responses tend to inhibit our higher thinking abilities.

But the lead study author said the following in relation to this:

“Although it was possible for busyness to have negative relationships with cognition, our study shows favorable associations between busyness levels and mental function.”

More in-depth studies are needed on younger populations before these findings are applied to our working lives; but for now we can take comfort in the fact that being ‘busy’ may be doing us at least some good.

5 Key Reasons Why Your Company Needs Professional Logistics Management Services

download (63)The most successful companies in all industries are applying strict logistics management principles in every compartment of their operations. Nothing is left to change or left out of scrutiny when it comes to evaluating how the transportation and logistics costs impact the company’s budget and how much waste the company generates through its manufacturing and distribution activities.

If your company is trying to reduce logistics cost, but it has not yet reached the desired level of supply chain optimization, here are the top five reasons why you should consider hiring a professional logistics management company:

1. Reduce Logistic Cost by 50%

Given the previous experience of professional logistics companies in dealing with clients, they estimate that implementing lean manufacturing, sustainable packaging and logistics principles helps them reduce their overall costs with logistics by half. The implementation of logistics management procedures involves everything from rethinking the way products are handled, packaged and stored to the implementation of automated manufacturing systems.

2. Reduce The Quantity of Waste

Companies generate a lot of waste – some of which they are not aware of, because it is their end client’s job to recycle one-way packages. One of the key elements of logistics management is reducing costs and creating sustainable packaging solutions which are reliable, reusable and help both the company and its clients reduce the quantity of waste generated by the activity.

3. Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles

Besides reducing the quantity of waste, lean manufacturing focuses on increasing productivity, minimizing lost time due to unnecessary handling of products from the assembly line to the warehouse and then to the shipping trailers. This logistics management principle which originated in Japan is now the backbone of many successful companies which have implemented strategic work procedures to help employees be more efficient in their work and to help promote a corporate culture based on collaboration and open sharing of ideas.

4. Improve Your Company’s Image among Clients

Companies which managed to optimize their logistics and supply chain management and reduce their overall logistic cost will reduce the manufacturing costs of their products. Thus, they can offer to their clients more competitive prices and stay ahead of their competition. Adequate logistics management is not only about cutting costs, but also staying successful and relevant in an ever increasing competitive business environment.

5. Earning More Goodwill for Your Company

In today’s business environment a positive public image is the key to attract valuable partnerships and endorsements from industry thought leaders. This goodwill can bring to your company the kind of exposure it needs to convince potential clients to do business with you. By implementing the right logistics management and supply chain optimization principles, your company will promote the image of a modern and adaptable business which cares for its clients and the environment and promotes a solid and sustainable business model.

5 Roadblocks To Success

download (62)1. Not Having A Daily Productivity Goal
Every morning ask yourself what you are going to do today that will drive your business forward.

As an entrepreneur, it is up to you to take action and move forward. If you have never been an entrepreneur before, this is something that may brand new to you. You are now the creator that has to make things happen. This can be a big stumbling block for people in the beginning.

At the end of the day, be really honest with yourself, and ask what you did today that actually moved your business forward. If you focus on this every single day, you will start to see the compounding results of your efforts.

The #1 focus of every entrepreneur should be to make money. Unless you make money, your will not stay in business! You must know the driving force that will continue to make money for your business.

2. Trying To Do Too Many Things At The Same Time
You cannot possibly focus on everything, but you can get good at one thing. If you jump from one thing to another you will simply spin your wheels and not get much done. Master one thing at a time and go on from there.

3. Not Being Clear About Who You Want To Attract
You must speak clearly to your target market and know what they do and don’t want. What problems can you help them solve? When you know exactly what they want, your message will be clear. Always have that image clearly in your mind so you can give them a name and craft a very clear message that will resonate with them.

4. Not Understanding What It Is You Ultimately Do
No matter what business you are in, ultimately you are in the business of one thing only. Solving people’s problems. Whether it is weight loss, network marketing, fitness, stock trading, etc, you are solving a problem for someone. Your product or service is a solution for their problem.

This has to be at the forefront of everything you do in your business. Any kind of marketing communication must come from a position of solving their problem. People don’t want to be sold stuff. They want to buy a solution.

5. Not Managing Your Expectations
You have to expect that you will win and things will go well for you, but also be prepared for failure. Understand exactly what you must do to get the results and numbers needed for your success. Dig into the numbers so you know just what you have to generate to get that success.

Overcoming these roadblocks to success start with your mindset. Keeping the right mindset and consistent, persistent action will clear these roadblocks and set you on the right track, moving forward.