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Old 12-31-2009, 06:25
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Default What I use instead of a Gator Bite!

I had no idea what a gator bite was until today! This is what I do and thought I would share

1st Step: Fold your bow. I use the fiqure 8 and my bows are the butterfly fold. I'm sure you could use and fold.

Step 2: Take a double prong clip and clip both sides together...make sure you have both. Lay it down on a flat surface.

Step 3: Take bow wire...found at Michael's, Wal-mart, etc. and go underneath your bow and make a loose tie as shown.

Step 4: This can be tricky. Hold down your bow and begin to pull on the wire. See the folds? They will begin to crunch up..that is a good thing!

Step 5: Continue pulling all the way to the middle. You will see all the creases.

Step 6: Tie it off! Holding down the bow in the middle, with your other hand tie it off.

You have a cute, butterfly bow...just add a middle
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:27
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:34
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Default Re: What I use instead of a Gator Bite!

That's pretty much what I was doing too...But instead tying off, I would thread needle thru while the alligator was clipped to the bow and form my creases that way.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:41
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There is something similar to the gator bite at Sally's. They are really cheap and come in a pack of multiples, mine is maroon. I tried it and I just didn't like it though. So if you are thinking of getting the gator bite, try the cheapy version first to see if you even like the technique... I just invested in TNT templates and couldn't live without those now.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:46
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Default Re: What I use instead of a Gator Bite!

Thats sorta what i do too.
But i take a straight pin and stick it in there instead of the alligator clips holding it then sew with a needle and thread. haha.
I used to use sallllon clips, but they get on my nerves because they get in the way.
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I like the sewing idea through the folds
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:49
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I tried to do that, but i can't ever get my seams to come out right? lol. I just suck. Thats probably why.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:52
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There is something similar to the gator bite at Sally's. They are really cheap and come in a pack of multiples, mine is maroon. I tried it and I just didn't like it though. So if you are thinking of getting the gator bite, try the cheapy version first to see if you even like the technique... I just invested in TNT templates and couldn't live without those now.
I've used the salon clips from Sally's and they come in a pack of 4 or 5. I'm not crazy about these because they don't hold the bow in place well enough for me. They are a cheap metal and come in different colors. Are these what you are talking about?
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:57
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Mine were plastic not metal, but I agree. They don't clamp down enough to hold things in place. That's kind of why I decided they weren't for me.

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I've used the salon clips from Sally's and they come in a pack of 4 or 5. I'm not crazy about these because they don't hold the bow in place well enough for me. They are a cheap metal and come in different colors. Are these what you are talking about?
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:00
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That's pretty much what I was doing too...But instead tying off, I would thread needle thru while the alligator was clipped to the bow and form my creases that way.
Same here. I started by making cheer bows which cant have any metal in them so I never got into the habit of using wire, so I just sew through.
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