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View Poll Results: How do you spike it? (choose all that apply)
Snip & flame 71 48.30%
Snip & barrel of wood burner 27 18.37%
Wood burner 16 10.88%
Tack the middle w/ wood burner to fuse 9 6.12%
Leave flat & tie 18 12.24%
Stitch & Crease 60 40.82%
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:05
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I have been fighting with my spikes lately. I like to sew them, but then the cinch sometimes makes them not lay flat. However, I bought some sta flo today and I'm going to DRENCH them next time I bake and see if I can flatten them out that way!
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I was complaining about doing the "dovetail" cuts on my spikes and my husband took over now he is doing them! whaooo he ships and dovetails how did I get soooo lucky!
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I was complaining about doing the "dovetail" cuts on my spikes and my husband took over now he is doing them! whaooo he ships and dovetails how did I get soooo lucky!
LOL! I need to teach my hubby to do them! Ever since I started doing wholesale for this lady, hubby does most of the measuring and cutting for me. When I had a huge order of cheer bows this summer, he learned how to use a rotary tool to cut the sequins.....lol...I"m sure he felt so masculine.
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I know this is an old thread, but I still haven't tried the woodburner to tack the center of my spikes yet.... Going to try it tonight. I will let you know how it goes
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I know this is an old thread, but I still haven't tried the woodburner to tack the center of my spikes yet.... Going to try it tonight. I will let you know how it goes
Maybe you can post a pic of what you were talking about with the slits at the top and bottom?? Not sure exactly what you mean. Would love to try this.
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I think I remember seeing somebody use the woodburner to notch the very center to fuse, then do little slits at the top & bottom of the spikes layer, that way cinching doesn't occur.... Does that make sense? That way when you wrap the center around the stacked bow, it doesn't pull the spikes all wonky (no creasing with this method)
I've always used diamond cuts in the center of my spike bundle to help eliminate bulk (be sure to seal the ends!).

This is the way I make all my spike bundles. Cinching does not occur and everything does lay flat. I sew mine to keep them in the shape I like.
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I've always used diamond cuts in the center of my spike bundle to help eliminate bulk (be sure to seal the ends!).

This is the way I make all my spike bundles. Cinching does not occur and everything does lay flat. I sew mine to keep them in the shape I like.
I have problems with my spike bundles laying flat too once I cinched them. I am going to try making diamond cuts. You wouldn't happen to have a pic of your spike bundle with a diamond cut out of it would ya??
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I know this is an old thread, but I still haven't tried the woodburner to tack the center of my spikes yet.... Going to try it tonight. I will let you know how it goes
Yay! Please do. I totally forgot about this thread. I would love any type of time saver. It takes me 45min to 1 hour to do a stacked bow.
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I have problems with my spike bundles laying flat too once I cinched them. I am going to try making diamond cuts. You wouldn't happen to have a pic of your spike bundle with a diamond cut out of it would ya??
No gosh, I sure don't (sorry ). You might be able to find one on the internet though? (not sure but it's worth a shot?)
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I arranged my spikes and poked my woodburner through the center of the stack 4 times and made a slit up the top & bottom of the x for the center ribbon. The slits are kind of hard to see, so I photoshopped some pretty purple arrows in there in case you had a hard time too.

Here is a picture of the spikes, assembled.
spikes.jpg

Here is how it looks in my bow.
easter.jpg

The biggest issue, is the slit that is made on the top and bottom of the spikes. Make sure you turn it over, so the ugly, melted, dark edges are on the underside. If you find that any of your edges are showing when assembled, simply tack your loopy surround layer on top of your slit with hot glue or ds tape to hide it. This is occasionally an issue, but I really like how the spikes lay flat effortlessly this way. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten frustrated with wonky spikes!

Here is a bow done with the layers stitched & cinched (the traditional way) for your reference:
Irish St Pattys boutique.jpg

The spikes are the same exact size on both bows. Not a huge difference.... Which way do you prefer? Do you have issues with wonky spikes too?
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