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Old 12-06-2009, 04:26
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Default Need cheer bow help

well mainly help with adding a sequin layer. I've done cheer bows in the past, but just using different layers of ribbon. My latest customer wants a sequin layer. I've been toying around with it and running into trouble.
Does each metallic layer need to be fused onto a ribbon and then fused onto the supporting layer.
any tips on cutting the fabric? I am using a rotary cutter.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:41
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Default Re: Need cheer bow help

I'm no pro but I used 2 1/4 inch ribbon and cut 1 1/2 inch sequin fabric. I cut a piece of fabric fuser about an inch or so and ironed it onto the sequin then ironed the fused sequin fabric to the ribbon and that was it.
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well mainly help with adding a sequin layer. I've done cheer bows in the past, but just using different layers of ribbon. My latest customer wants a sequin layer. I've been toying around with it and running into trouble.
Does each metallic layer need to be fused onto a ribbon and then fused onto the supporting layer.
any tips on cutting the fabric? I am using a rotary cutter.
Some people do, some don't. It just makes the sequin color stand out more since the material is a bit see-through and if your bottom ribbon is a different color, your sequin color won't show up as well. It does make a stiffer bow though once you start adding an extra layer like that.
To cut - all you need is a rotary cutter and clear ruler. And self-healing mat.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:31
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Default Re: Need cheer bow help

Here again, I'm no pro either. I made plenty cheer bows this past season. I always fuse the sequin layer to the same width/color grosgrain because it makes the sequin color richer.

Cheer teams do not normally mind their bows being stiffer. They hold their shape longer that way. If they do not wish to have their bows stiff, I would suggest not using the additional grosgrain attached to the sequin. However, I would also let them know that the consequences are their sequin color will not stand out as well either.

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well mainly help with adding a sequin layer. I've done cheer bows in the past, but just using different layers of ribbon. My latest customer wants a sequin layer. I've been toying around with it and running into trouble.
Does each metallic layer need to be fused onto a ribbon and then fused onto the supporting layer.
any tips on cutting the fabric? I am using a rotary cutter.
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Old 12-12-2009, 12:57
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you gals are the best I was just going to ask this question and you have already answered it for me!
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Thank you for posting this question and for all the great tips!!!
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TFS your tips.
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Default Re: Need cheer bow help

Using a hair dryer to soften the center before creasing was really helpful for me. what I want to know is, how the heck is it possible to sew these? I see people saying they sew their cheer bows. I was busting off needles and finally gave in and followed a friend's suggestion (she has made TONS of cheer bows for years) to use a very, very narrow zip tie.
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Using a hair dryer to soften the center before creasing was really helpful for me. what I want to know is, how the heck is it possible to sew these? I see people saying they sew their cheer bows. I was busting off needles and finally gave in and followed a friend's suggestion (she has made TONS of cheer bows for years) to use a very, very narrow zip tie.
When "sewing" my bows I tend to use an embroidery needle and crochet thread. The layered one can be difficult to get through, but I place the needle in the marks on the ribbon and push the needle through using a hard surface and down force.

I hope that makes some sense. Also, I do not weave my needle in an out to make an accordian fold. I fold by hand using the needle as my center point.
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