| | Re: Weird Cheer Bow Question
The cheer bows I make with sequined fabric or even shimmery fabric tend to be a little on the stiff side. I use the same instructions albeit modified as well. But any team I have ever dealt with tends to prefer them that way. They are more sturdy.
When layering, I use E6000 between the layers. I only use heat n bond to bond fabric to ribbon. That may help with some of your stiffness if you can stand the stink.
When using heat n bond, I use the lite. I iron it lightly on to the grosgrain (just enough so it sticks to the ribbon) and then iron it again on to the fabric (about the same). I do not pass the iron over it for a prolonged period of time. Could you perhaps be ironing the heat n bond too much? That can tend to make it as stiff as cardboard. I don't think I have ever had the problem of bent needles.
When assembling the bow with a needle and thread, I use a thicker needle and embroidery thread. That makes it easier for me and also the thread is more secure.
HTH and good luck. Let me know how it turns out.
Last edited by gmcks2001; 09-11-2009 at 11:43.