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Old 04-15-2009, 02:20
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Okay, I'm at a loss here.

I sew my korkers but would really like to try just tying them. I guess I'm not getting the right thread. I got some elastic thread, and it's AWFUL!! When I pull it tight, the elastic breaks. What am I doing wrong? Maybe I have the wrong elastic thread?

HELP!! I'm tired of pricking my fingers!!
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Maybe your elastic thread is too thin...I use the one that is very similar to the one used to hold shoes together at the stores, i.e. Target, Wal-Mart. I took it to the store and bought one the same width. I hope this helps .
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:46
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I double my emoridery thread, knot it then tie the korker making sure the knot catches underneaths so it doesnt slip (sorry I am horrible at explaining things lol)
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:57
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I used to tie my korkers with embroidery thread. I didn't split it (I used all 6 strands). They never looked as good as when you sew them and they are not as durable. Also, you have to use more korker peices when you tie them.
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:02
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I use to tie them with floss and then I started sewing them and they look so much better..
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I totally agree! I always used wire to secure mine. I tried using the elastic thread, but that never worked for me. I couldn't get it tight enough. I just recently started sewing them and I like it soooo much better.

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I am now using zip ties and it is super fast, super easy and look great!
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I am now using zip ties and it is super fast, super easy and look great!

This is interesting. Can you post a pic with the curls pulled back? I want to see what the center looks like. If you don't mind. :0)

Actually, could anyone that ties successfully post a pic with the curls pulled back?? I haven't a clue what I'm doing wrong!!

I guess I'm going to stick to sewing them, but darn it! I want to know!!
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:37
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Sorry I'm getting in on this late, I wanted to comment on the 'tired of pricking my fingers' thing lol I sew my korkers and bows too and also hated poking myself, until I found I think they're called tapestry needles. They're blunt (rounded) tipped so its impossible to prick yourself, yet 'sharp' enough to poke thru several layers of ribbon (of course you still have to use a table to help it thru a little.
It'd be a shame to go from sewing, to tieing. Sewing keeps the ribbons together forever (korks wont pull thru a sewed bow). I think no matter how tight you tie those korkers, especially if you have 20 or more strands, you'll have strands that, if even gently pulled (especially by a rough and tumble 2year old *note my experience lol*) the strands will go flying :/
Give the tapestry needle a try, you might change your mind
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