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Old 08-14-2012, 11:14
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Default Re: How to seal ribbon ends

Originally Posted by hipgirl View Post
1. Use fray check. When I was a hairbow rookie, I used to cut ribbon first and then apply fray check. Now I apply fray check (generously) first and then cut (not suitable for V-cut)--much faster. Just wet the ribbon at where you are going to cut first. I heard that somebody pure fray check to a bowl, cut the ribbon, and dip the ribbon end into fray check. If you need to seal huge amount of ribbon ends, it's a good idea.

2. Use the heat seal tool sold at RABOM--perfect thread burner. The tool was designed for sealing polyester thread. If you are a professional bowmaker, you don't want it since it's not good at handling large amount. If you only make bows for your kids, you don't want it since it's expensive.

3. Use the wood burning tool+metal ruler+metal pan (all can be purchased at Walmart). Put the ribbon on the pan, use ruler as guide, cut and seal in a single step. V-cut? Use the angle ruler as in the link below.

The smell is terrible though. And not portable. I read somewhere that there is a battery operated wood burning tool. Anybody know where to purchase?

4. Use lighter. Hold the lighter steady, take the ribbon end near flame and move. Need practice.

5. When you cook, use the stove flame. Hold the ribbon and swipe it in (not near) the flame, just like you swipe your credit card through machine. The edge seals like magic. V-cut? No problem, 1 swipe does it all.

I've been making bows for awhile now, and I still have frayed ends after several wears - I use both fray check, a lighter, and super sharp scissors and still sometimes my ribbon ends fray. Especially the ribbon spikes. How I do it is: fray check the ends where I'm about to cut, cut the ends, use lighter, then fray check again if the ends look dry. After fray check has dried, I then shape loops and starch.

Any advice? Could it be the ribbon?
Sheila Rinehart
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