Bathroom Etiquette for Men.

Fatherly blog offers nine bathroom etiquette tips for men whom share their washrooms with women they value. Have a look below for an overview, then read the full article here.

  • Lower the seat!
  • Replace the empty role of toilet paper.
  • Clean out the shower or bath when you're done using it.
  • Stack rolls of toilet paper under the sink.
  • Place a stack of clean towels under the sink.
  • Rinse off the sink and countertop after shaving.
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Sewing Machine 101- Sewing For Dudes (and Ladies) No. 2: Stitches and Seams

Check out Sewing for Dudes (and Ladies) No. 1: Gathering your Gear

The best way to learn to use your specific sewing machine is to READ THE MANUAL. If you fall into the male stereotype of one whom doesn’t ask for directions, and won’t read the instructions… get over it. 

Anatomy of a Sewing Machine

1) Bobbin winder
2) Spool pin
3) Thread guide
4) Tension Knob
5) Foot and needle
6) Bobbin housing
7) Reverse stitch button
8) Stitch length adjustment
9) Stitch selection knob
10) Manual knob
11) Bobbin winding fence

Step One: Winding the Bobbin

    A sewing machine is cool, because it’s sorta like two machines: a stitch maker, and a bobbin winder. Continue Reading

How To Buy Your First Sewing Machine – Sewing for Dudes (and Ladies) No. 1: Gathering Your Gear

How to buy your first sewing machine
So, I’m a guy, and a bit ago, I bought a sewing machine.

No one in my family of origin sews, nor does my wife, and I went to an all male high school with no home ec courses, so I was starting from scratch.
I went to the bookstores, the fabric stores, the craft stores, and the library, and was blown away by the available literature, or, by how useless it was to me. It seemed that nothing had been published in the last ten years, and everything was:

1) Designed for women and their unique body shapes, and 2) Covered with flowers.

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Teach a man to sew….clothe him for a lifetime.

I'm a postmodern guy: I recognize the social construction of gender roles, and the institutionalized injustices that pre-determine one's lifestyle based on gender identity, social background, economic status, and education.

So, last night- when my wife was out of town- shhh..don't tell [not because I'm ashamed, but because she'll get mad at me for spending money]- I bought a sewing machine. It's a middle-of-the-road Singer, which I hope I won't outgrow in a few months, but doesn't include robots and German accents and stuff. Continue Reading