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Old 07-10-2010, 06:24
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When you do korkers, do you use quilting thread or regular thread?

Also, doooo any of you ever use your microwave to dry them? So like if you add a bit of starch, have you ever thrown them in the mircrowave for a final touch for 15 or so seconds?

Ok, now, keep in mind.... when I tell you the following, I am new to this. I "tried" putting a grosgrain ribbon on a dowel and sprayed it with a touch of starch and put it in the microwave... low and behold, I look over, and it's smoking. the middle was melted and black (not the dowel, the ribbon apparently). lesson learned.

I did figure out that I didn't have enough starch on my korkers, and that is why they weren't turning out well. I am making my own korkers now! I just started Thursday or Friday and I can't believe how easy they are to make (the korkers) and put together, now that I have the right amount of starch!
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:47
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Default Re: Quilting Thread or regular thread

I use craft thread from Hobby Lobby or Michaels to sew my korkers... It's the thread with the aqua/turquoise spool.. It works VERY well for me... Also, I would recommend putting your ribbon dowels in the oven instead of the microwave... I cook mine for 30 minutes on 275 and they turn out great! I agree that you must starch them well The starch will dry while the korkers are "cooking" in the oven... HTH
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:54
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Default Re: Quilting Thread or regular thread

I have never heard of crafting thread before. I will check it out. Thanks!

I do use the oven for baking the korkers, I just decided to try using the microwave for a touch up of starch on them lol.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:04
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Default Re: Quilting Thread or regular thread

I use upholstery thread. And I have never starched them and they turn out great!! I don't make the korker bows alot because they're such a pain, but I have a whole bag of korked ribbon that has been sittong there for over a year. It still has plenty of kork left in it!!
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