Sometimes the perfect thread for a sewing project comes on a spool that's imperfectly sized for your sewing machine. The solution: Place the spool in a heavy mug, and position it on your work surface directly underneath the spool pin. Take hold of the thread end, and hook it over the spool pin before threading it into the machine as usual (the thread should form a 90-degree angle); the thread will unravel smoothly as you work.
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After decades of weeding, wading, and planting, we dig these work shoes the most.
From top: breathable waterproof boots, sturdy clogs with removable foot beds, and all-purpose boots for cold weather. To protect hands, nothing beats Mud's nonslip, machine-washable gloves.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
Clothes and accessories stored for a season or longer need protection from light, moisture, and insects. A box filled with acid-free tissue paper, assorted cedar inserts, and dried lavender makes it easy to prepare items as you put them away.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2009
Martha presents tips on fitting your candles into candleholders for the holidays.
For candle suggestions and tips on resizing tapers, holding candles in place, and protecting from drips, see Our Favorite Candles for Every Occasion from Martha Stewart Living.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, November 2009
Where's an extra button when you need one? Find sewing supplies fast in this three-ring-binder repair kit. Add zipper pouches and a felt needle holder (use spray starch to make felt sturdier).
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January 2011
Long after the last coats have dried on your new paint job, you can still have easy access to the color names and numbers for touch-ups. Save the wooden stirrers you used to mix the paint, let them dry, and then write the names and numbers of the colors on the ends of the sticks. Use a length of twine to bundle the sticks by room. Bundling twine, $4 for 525', by Everbilt, from homedepot.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, May 2011
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