I agree with everyone as well. Shorter spikes, and try the boutique fold. I don't hand sew, I tie mine with floss then sew the floss through the center of the bow. I also use a gator bite and it makes the BEST cinched centers! My site is www.sweetsouthernbowtique.com
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I hand fold my bows, but the gator bite was a God send to getting them perfect! On spikes, the spikes are to accent the bow, not "be" the bow. Hope this helps!