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Computerized Sewing Machines Are Becoming The Norm

Computerized Sewing Machines Have Changed Things Forever

The traditional sewing machine from day one was, without doubt, an inventive piece of equipment enabling us to make clothes, along with many other household furnishings. Nowadays with the advancement of technology we are able to create many things using a sewing machine more quickly and effectively.

The models of today present various methods of stitching and we are also now able to sew materials of different thicknesses together, not to mention sewing on buttons by machine instead of hand. The machines come in a range of sizes including the hand held variety and computerized sewing machines are becoming more and more well-liked.

Accuracy - Create Stitches Accurately and Easily

The computerized sewing machine presents many automatic features you would not have on the traditional style machine and one of these is accuracy. When making adjustments to the width and length of a stitch on a traditional sewing machine the precision has to be made manually.

However, computerized sewing machines handle stitching adjustments with ease. You can simply enter your desired settings and let technology handle the rest. Your sewing machine will understand exactly how to create the stitches you want and carry out the task accurately. No longer will you need to adjust a knob or dial to get the perfect setting.

Memory - Your Machine Remembers the Exact Way You Prefer To Sew

Computerized sewing machines also have memory as another super feature. These machines have the facility of remembering settings previously used, including your favorite stitches and the configuration you use for buttonholes. The more expensive models offer a larger memory and are likely to have more patterns and stitches for you to choose from.

Baby Lock, Bernina, Brother Innovis, Husqvarna, Janome, Pfaff and Singer are some of the more popular brand names currently offering computerized sewing machines. The majority of these brands have color LCD screens displaying the options available. They also feature automatic threading and thread cutting, two needles enabling you to sew with different colored threads, edge trimming and finishing, built in stitches, speed control and buttonhole memory.

Even though all computerized sewing machines do not come with identical basic features, quite a few of them are similar, so before deciding which one to buy make sure you look at all the options open to you. The price of a computerized sewing machine varies between a few hundred dollars to over a thousand, depending, of course, on which model and brand name you choose.

Offering more precision and being much easier to use, computerized sewing machines definitely have the edge over the traditional style machines. Even though both types of machines have their advantages, if you are looking for a reliable sewing machine where you can work with accuracy and speed and produce professional results, a sewing machine with computerized technology will be the one to choose.

 


How to Spot a Fake Designer Handbag

There was a time when it was easy to spot a fake: misspelled logos, cheap leather and shoddy hardware. Now, fakes are starting to look rather good and it's hard to tell the difference. Here's how to tell what's real and what's not: 1. Authentic handbags are purchased from authorized registered dealers. Authentic designer handbags are not sold by street vendors, at home parties, at flea markets, in New York's Chinatown, in Los Angeles' Santee Alley, or at mall kiosks. 2. If you're considering a Coach handbag, the company's website provides a list of authorized dealers. Both Coach and Kate Spade give detailed information on spotting replicas of their products. 3. The price. A new Prada handbag will not sell for $50. 4. Country of Origin Labels. The country of origin for Fendi handbags is Italy. If the handbag has a label that says 'Made in Taiwan', it is not the real thing. Buying designer handbags online If you're shopping online and find a designer handbag at a price that's hard to pass up, there's a way to tell if you're getting an authentic product: Read the product description carefully. Some online merchants will lure you into their sites by describing their products as original, authentic or genuine. After reading descriptions, you may find such phrases as 'inspired by' a particular designer. This product isn't authentic and the phrase is used to protect the merchant from trademark infringement.

 


Coffee is Officially a Craze

Plain coffee is fast becoming a thing of the past. It's now quite simple to whip up a gourmet hot beverage for guest, family, or just for yourself. Nowadays there are a number of coffee clubs and circles in which coffee drinking has become somewhat of a social club. Where did the good old days go where you could get just a regular, good cup of coffee all across America. Coffee certainly is a craze these days. People are almost worshipping the coffee bean now. People get a thrill out of ordering and buying special coffees from specialty stores. Many also get great pleasure from grinding their own coffee beans. They go so far as to visit places such as Costa Rica and Africa and bringing back their own special blends. And "coffee tasting" seems to be about as popular as "wine tasting". Enthusiasts even have furniture and home interior designs with a coffee theme. Infact, such items can make great gifts for the coffee buff in your life. An interesting fact is that coffee is second only to oil in dollar volume as a world commodity. If you haven't already, you really should attend a coffee tasting at least once. You will get to experience how making and brewing gourmet coffee is slowly becoming a form of art. What is fun about coffee tasting is that you could get a chance to taste two dozen or more different blends at one time, giving you a unique opportunity to really see the nuances between various brews. You may even leave to start your journey as a coffee connoisseur. Any way you look at it, the tasting experience will be fun if you really like your coffee.

 


History of July 4, Independence Day of the United States of America

Everyone knows about the history of Independence Day of USA that is 4th of July. The Thirteen colonies of America that eventually made up the original USA rebelled against England and the declaration of USA's independence is their own independence. Independence was declared on 2nd July, 1776, that is two days earlier than the actual Independence Day and after six years of struggle after that they won the actual independence. The history of Independence Day of USA is amazing and 4th July is celebrated as the National Holiday of USA. Actual independence was achieved on 3rd September, 1783 with The Treaty of Paris where Great Britain abandoned any claim to USA.

The independence of USA was declared earlier by the colonies and after years of struggle after that they actually won their freedom. Then why Americans celebrate the Independence Day at 4th, July instead of 3rd September when they got actual independence or at 2nd July when the colonials declared their independence?

Independence Day in USA is celebrated as National Holiday there because there is more in its core besides independence of a nation. The idea behind 4th July is the idea of independence of men and women from any ruler. It conveys the message that men and women are free to determine the future, governance and lives of their own.

When the nation has declared itself independent, the rest of the world was looking with amusement towards the United States. They expected the nation to fail badly but to their surprise America shocked them with its strong hold on the nation and influenced the world with its incredible changes.

At the memorable day of 4th July, 1776, when Jefferson, Franklin and Adams and others officially declared the independence, it was more than political freedom. The day holds the promise of right of life, liberty and happiness. At that memorable day not only the independence of the nation was declared but the independence of humankind was declared.

For few years of declaration of Independence Day, it was not celebrated at any date. But by the end of 1790s, the Declaration had become controversial to the partisan. Jefferson and the Declaration were admired by the party, Democratic-Republican but another party that is Federalists party thought that the Declaration was against their policies. The war of 1812 separated the Federalist Party and the new parties supported Jefferson and the party Democratic-Republican. Declaration was circulated again and 4th July, 1776 was in the lime light again. The significance of 4th July can also be counted on the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1826.

July 4th was celebrated in the White House in 1801 for the first time during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. July 4th has been accepted as the Independence Day but it was yet to be accepted as the official holiday. In 1870, US congress made 4th July an official holiday but it was still unpaid for the federal employees and it had continued to be the unpaid holiday till 1938. After 1938, the citizens of America celebrated the Independence Day with joy and pride.

July 4 is celebrated as the independence day of United States of America but the history of American independence is astonishing. It was not the day decided by the Continental Congress for Independence Day, it was not the day when independence was achieved; still it is the independence day of USA.

 


The History Of The U.S. Postal Service

The first postal service in America was employed under colonial rule when in 1692 British monarchs William and Mary ruled that services for sending, receiving and delivering letters and packages should be established throughout the colonies. This service remained in action until 1775, when Benjamin Franklin created the United States Post Office in Philadelphia under decree from the Second Continental Congress. Under Article One of the U.S. Constitution, the Congress was empowered "to establish post offices and post roads."

The postal service became known as the United States Post Office Department in 1792 and the Postmaster General received a position on the U.S. Presidential cabinet. At the time, the Postmaster General was actually the last position in line to take authority of the U.S. government should something happen to the president, and of course to all other cabinet members.

It was under the administration of President Andrew Jackson that the Post Office Department grew and expanded, providing service to the ever increasing U.S. populous. As the Post Office began to provide services to more and more areas of the country, difficulties arose from the lack of adequate transportation and limited number of employees.

Roads were limited at the time and many towns were in places where no roads led. Steamboats carried mail along rivers. From there, postal messages were carried by individual riders or by horse and buggy to nearby cities and towns. As it became clear in the early decades of the 1800s that postal service was needed across the entire country, the U.S. Government began using rail service with a single line originating in Pennsylvania. It was not until July of 1838 that all railways were declared postal routes, after which mail service was greatly improved. The speed with which mail was able to travel from state to state increased tremendously, allowing people to keep in touch better than ever before.

In the early years of postal service, a letter or package was paid for at the post office. It was not until 1847 that the first U.S. postage stamps were issued under an act of Congress. The first stamps were in denominations of five and 10 cents. The five-cent stamp was designated for letters traveling less than 300 miles and weighing no more than one ounce. Ten cent stamps were for letters traveling more than 300 miles and for those that weighed between one and two ounces.

Also in 1847, the U.S. Mail Steamship Company and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company were placed under contract. The U.S. Mail Steamship Company was contracted to carry mail from New York along the coast. The final stop on the line was California with port stops in New Orleans, Havana Cuba, and the Isthmus of Panama. Pacific Mail Steamships carried mail from the Isthmus of Panama to California.

The first major railroad, Panama Railway, opened in 1855 and began transporting passengers, goods and mail from Panama to California and back. A one-way trip took a period of three weeks, making it one of the fasted methods for reaching the opposite coast; it was frequently used for communications to and from the U.S. government. This route remained important in the United States until the first transcontinental railways opened in 1869.

While railway transport of mail was increased in 1862 to many parts of the country, the opening of the transcontinental rails in 1969 led to the inauguration of the Railway Mail Service (RMS). Special rail cars designated for sorting and processing mail while in route were introduced shortly thereafter. Employees of the RMS sorted mail based on the final destination and processed mail at each stop along the route.

Free delivery of mail was offered in 1889 to city dwellers and the Rural Free Delivery (RFD) mail service was put in place in 1896 under President Grover Cleveland, allowing people who lived in rural areas to easily have access to mail services for the first time in the country's history. Under the RFD, mail was transported from city or town post offices directly to the rural recipient. Prior to the institution of RFD, rural people had to travel to faraway towns or cities to send or receive mail.

The next big venture for the U.S. Post Office Department was in taking over air mail services in 1918. The U.S. Army Air Service previously transported mail but in 1918, a civil Air Mail Service was opened. Surplus planes left from the First World War were used and in the first year of service, the civil operation hired 40 pilots who completed more than 1,200 mail delivery flights. By 1920, the service had delivered nearly 50 million letters.

The position of Post Master General remained in the presidential line of succession until 1971 when the U.S. Post Office Department was recognized as a semi-independent organization from that of the federal government and renamed the U.S. Postal Service. Under President Richard Nixon, the U.S. Postal Service became an independent entity. Today, the U.S. Postal Service is the second-largest employer in the United States, delivers more than 650 million pieces of mail each day, and operates more than 31,000 individual post office locations throughout the United States.

 


A Confusing Stance on Religion by the United States Government

Copyright (c) 2012 Jim Ford

Religion for Business Owners
Here on American soil, the United States Government tells business owners that as business owners they have no right to express their religious convictions or to exercise their rights to hold true to their religious beliefs because doing so could possibly infringe on the rights of others. The United States Government basically tells business owners that religion cannot be allowed to influence their business if they are a "for profit" organization. On the other hand, there are requirements to allow personal religious practices by the employees.

The government rules that a business cannot be excused from complying with certain laws because of the owner's personal religious convictions. This can be seen clearly in the argument Hobby Lobby presented to the courts against compliance with a portion of the Affordable Care ACT. The stance from Hobby Lobby is that it is a Christian based business and that the requirement under the Affordable Care ACT to provide both birth control and the morning after pill violates their religious beliefs. The government on the other hand says that (as I understand it) Hobby Lobby will not be excused because they are a "for profit" business. To me, this implies that religious beliefs are not afforded to people who earn a living through the operation of their own business.

Do As I Say Not As I Do
What about our government? Our own government seems to have partnered with and established an embassy at the Vatican in Rome, and every president of recent history has made it a point to visit the Pope. At one point a United States President even hosted a birthday party for the leader of the Catholic Church.

The United States has also developed laws under Equal Employment Opportunity that tells business owners they must accommodate most requests from their employees to practice or follow their own religious beliefs, while telling the business owner that they cannot do the same.

Working with the Vatican
The Catholic Church, managed by the Pope and his team at the Vatican, has followers in nearly every country in the world and can have an enormous impact on world or local policy, both favorably and unfavorably. You can see why our government wants to keep relations with the Vatican. It seems that we have the office of the president and the State Department working closely with the Catholic Church leaders, while at the same time telling our lower branches of the government to remove all references to God from their offices.

While our government leaders are meeting with the most influential religious leaders in the world and praying with their personal ministers, they are also telling our children that they have no right to pray, even before a school football game!

Separation of Church & State
I know that right now, running through the back of your mind is something that has been driven into your head as a Constitutional requirement for "Separation of Church and State". I implore you to look up the United States Constitution, and go to the 1st Amendment. There, you will not find this requirement expressly written as many of you might believe. It reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

1st Amendment
Originally, the 1st Amendment applied to laws made only by Congress, but a later Supreme Court ruling applied it also to the states. Basically, the state or federal government cannot promote any specific religion. The court, (Justice Hugo Black) chose to use the words of Jefferson, "government must be neutral among religions and nonreligion: it cannot promote, endorse, or fund religion or religious institutions."

With this statement, one might begin to understand that by removing "God" from government offices and public schools, the government is removing the support of religion, but not to me. First off, simply believing in, mentioning, or having a representation of God does not constitute a religion. In my mind, there is no specific religion supported or promoted by allowing "God" voluntarily into a public school or government office. I do however see that the government, by the act of forcing the removal of any mention of God from these institutions is supporting and promoting the specific religion of Atheism, or any other specific religion that teaches against the existence of God.

Freedoms Infringed
Telling those who believe in God that they are not allowed to express their religious beliefs, effectively promotes the religions that are against God. It seems pretty clear to me that this really should not be a very complicated issue. Any law that tells me I cannot practice my religion is by definition a law that breaks with the 1st Amendment (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof) and also breaks from Jefferson's words (government must be neutral among religions and nonreligion). In my opinion, by making a ruling against religion, we are no longer neutral, and we are prohibiting free exercise.

 




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