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Old 06-13-2012, 03:38
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I have three local squads (45-60 bows per group) I make bows for each summer. I just got the order for one and my fingers already hurt just thinking about sewing them. I have 3" ribbon, 1.5" ribbon and 7/8 sequin fabric with HNB between the layers. Any tips or tricks for sewing? Sometimes I put my needle into a flame and it sews easier for a bit while warm. Thought there might be a trick I don't yet know!

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Old 06-13-2012, 04:41
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Default Re: Tips for sewing through thick layers?

I just made my first bow with HNB th other day and it is hard to sew through. When I have something thick to sew through I use a tool that I have(like a little pair of jewelry pliers) to help with pulling the needle through. You can also use it to help push it through. HTH!!
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Does it have to be sewn? Could you use a tag gun? I use an industrial Mark lll Buttoneer, and LOVE it. Very strong tags, and nearly invisible - 1/4" and 3/8" available.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:54
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Does it have to be sewn? Could you use a tag gun? I use an industrial Mark lll Buttoneer, and LOVE it. Very strong tags, and nearly invisible - 1/4" and 3/8" available.
Oooh! Interesting. Never heard of this. Do you fold/crease the ribbon and then use the tag gun where you would normally sew? I need to look into this!
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:22
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Oooh! Interesting. Never heard of this. Do you fold/crease the ribbon and then use the tag gun where you would normally sew? I need to look into this!
Sorry, I don't make bows... I use my tag gun for professional home decor work. I own other kinds of guns (and tags), but use this the most because the tags are tiny and STRONG.

Do you have time to send me some ribbon scraps -- as many layers as you would be sewing? I'll shoot some tags and you can see for yourself before you buy a gun.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:56
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Instead of sewing them together I use zip ties for the middle. You can get a pack of 100 for about $1.00-2.00 at any hardware store or wal-mart. They hold the bow together perfectly! With the thicker ribbon (layers and layers) use a pair of pliers to pull the zip tie tight.
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Default Re: Tips for sewing through thick layers?

can you sew them on a sewing machine? If you can, then just use a heavier needle, like one for leather or jeans.
When hand sewing through thick materials, I ussualy sit at or by a table so that I can use it to push the needle through instead of my fingers.
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When hand sewing through thick materials, I ussualy sit at or by a table so that I can use it to push the needle through instead of my fingers.
You could also try resting a cutting board on your lap.


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I'll shoot some tags and you can see for yourself before you buy a gun.
I should mention that I have no idea if a tag gun will actually work, just that I'm really curious now. I need a life...
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Zip ties? Pliers? Sewing?! Oh my goodness... LOL I've never used any of those methods for my centers.
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Zip ties? Pliers? Sewing?! Oh my goodness... LOL I've never used any of those methods for my centers.

Me either! i just use a small piece of ribbon to tie them. works great for me!
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