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Old 07-11-2008, 09:08
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I have been making bows for almost 2 yrs. So I would think at this point a bow would come out perfectly on the first try. I bought the gator bite a month or so ago. I figured out the best way to use it for my method. I crease my ribbon at 1.5" for tails then half in length then half again like michelle's instructions. What I find happens is my center is either up to high or too low. Am I making sense. I try to line everything up the way it should be. I don't know what I am doing wrong.
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Pictures might help us help you. I am such visual person!!
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you mean I have to show you a crappy bow?? LOL
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We won't hold it against you. No really, I don't use a gator bits, and I think I know what you are saying, but I need to see it to see if I can help any. Then again, I might not be able to help and you might show the crappy bow for nothing.....
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ok here it is. The center is too low on this one.

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your bows on your website look great & very symmetrical... why would you try to use a gator bite? lol
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Ok-- this is what I think. I could be wrong. What I find is sometimes after I have folded my bow and haven't creased it yet (I crease by hand though and use wire) I have to adjust the bottom two layers in teh center with hte top two layers. If that makes sense. WHen it is folded it is kinda like two halves layering in the center-- the top half (on the right) and the bottom half (left). And I have to adjust where these meet in the center. I hope that make sense, I don't know how to explain it better. Do I make any sense? Or am I just sounding crazy?
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Because I was having trouble nailing my creases on the first shot. There were times I was refolding 1 layers 5x before getting it right.
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Ok-- this is what I think. I could be wrong. What I find is sometimes after I have folded my bow and haven't creased it yet (I crease by hand though and use wire) I have to adjust the bottom two layers in teh center with hte top two layers. If that makes sense. WHen it is folded it is kinda like two halves layering in the center-- the top half (on the right) and the bottom half (left). And I have to adjust where these meet in the center. I hope that make sense, I don't know how to explain it better. Do I make any sense? Or am I just sounding crazy?


No you sound right. My issue is knowing where "scientifically" or just "precisely"where to line it up in the middle. I fold the ribbon the same way everytime using the same method. But there are times it is right and other times I am off a smidge.
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I just go by how it looks. My loops are always symetrically even cause of how I fold and "measure" my ribbon before I fold the bow, but as for the center, if you look at the bow it's like two straight pieces across the middle, one looping up on both ends and one looping down. well sometimes these two straight pieces lay perfectly lined up against one another, and sometimes I have to slide them apart a little so they only overlap. If that makes sense.
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