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Old 06-28-2009, 08:42
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I'll take a look for them...I'm using the biggest hand sewing needle I can find and I swear it flexes like it's made of tinfoil sometimes!
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Try Tandy leather for leather needles they have a website I just cant think of it at the moment. But there are a lot of different needles out there that will get the job done. Upolstery needles work well too.
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idahomommyof4 - the way that I do it is still probably not the most efficient, but it beats cutting and then sealing each one with a lighter. I take my 18" long korker string and measure where I need to cut (2.5" or 3") and keep my eye on that spot. then I gently spread apart the curl where I need to make the cut - using my thumb and forefinger. VERY CAREFULLY, I swipe the woodburner across the ribbon - between my fingers. cuts it and seals the end in one swipe! hope that makes sense...it's so much harder to describe that it is to do
Totally makes sense! I will have to try that Thanks for the tip!!
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Does any wood burner end piece work? My hubby has one and am thinking I may give it a try. I have been cutting and candle sealing some, but it takes so long. Our house is hot and the fans are on so to use my candle I need to turn the fans off..lol.
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I think some people actually lay the korked ribbon on a glass cutting board, then cut it in pieces with the woodburner, that way it cuts and seals at the same time. I'm too dangerous with the woodburner, so I cut all mine first, seal, then sew together.
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Does any wood burner end piece work? My hubby has one and am thinking I may give it a try. I have been cutting and candle sealing some, but it takes so long. Our house is hot and the fans are on so to use my candle I need to turn the fans off..lol.
Just don't try the exacto knife blade end. Mine never works on it and everyone else that I've read on here that's tried it say it doesn't work. I have used the tip that's the calligraphy-type tip and also I am just using the one that has a really fine point tip, kinda like a ballpoint pen. HTH.
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I just use a bigger needle than usual, and try to find ones that are extra sharp. The price of sewing the korkers, is very sore fingers, and sometimes sticking the wrong end of the needle through your finger. I use needle nose pliers, and also place a hard object on the floor then push my needled korkers down on that to get it all the way through. It's very hard for me to believe that someone can make hundreds of these in one evening. I've made these for years and feel that I'm pretty good at it, but hundreds is just too much for me to believe they actually sewed them by themselves.
I can whip out on a good day 150+200 of them! I use the leather needle and it REALLY helps! Also keeping a pair of pliers doesnt hurt either. For the ribbons with the prints on them, I try to find the "soft spot" on the ribbon, meaning, no print there, it doesnt catch my needle nearly as much
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as for cutting/sealing the korker with a woodburner, i thought i might share what i do. i just got a wood burner, and since i tend to burn myself with the glue gun alone, i decided to take precautions, lol. i take a double prong alligator clip, put the ribbon through where i want to cut it, and i swipe the wood burner between the two prongs. hope this makes sense! and i hope this helps! also, hold the clip up or lie it down on glass. if you hold it up, i suggest holding the clip with some fabric, cos the metal clip heats up if you swipe it too slow.
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as for cutting/sealing the korker with a woodburner, i thought i might share what i do. i just got a wood burner, and since i tend to burn myself with the glue gun alone, i decided to take precautions, lol. i take a double prong alligator clip, put the ribbon through where i want to cut it, and i swipe the wood burner between the two prongs. hope this makes sense! and i hope this helps! also, hold the clip up or lie it down on glass. if you hold it up, i suggest holding the clip with some fabric, cos the metal clip heats up if you swipe it too slow.
Oooh, what AWESOME tips! THANKS! I'm gonna try this out today!!
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