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Old 08-26-2010, 04:42
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Default how to stop fraying when cutting lengthwise.

I am really quite new to bow making and when the ribbon is too thick for what i need i cut it lengthwise in half, but it always frays. I wrap it around dowel rods and bake it to make it curly, but it needs to be thin for the type of bow i am making. would heat sealing the whole length of it work? I tried the glue stuff, but it doesn't work very well and it makes a huge mess. I have my first craft sale for this in October, and I want them to look good! Any suggestions would be so welcome! thank you!
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:05
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Default Re: how to stop fraying when cutting lengthwise.

I am a firm believer in having the right tools and materials to do the job. If you're making korkers and having to cut ribbon lengthwise you don't have the right material for the job. You'll have to buy the right width ribbon.
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:08
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Default Re: how to stop fraying when cutting lengthwise.

You really just need thinner ribbon. When I bake my ribbon for korkers, I generally use 3/8 inch ribbon. Some girls on here also use 1/8 and 1/4 inch ribbon.
Even if you took a lighter to the entire length, it will pucker up and could easily come apart and fray.
I hope that helps! Good luck at your show!
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Default Re: how to stop fraying when cutting lengthwise.

just get thinner ribbon...
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Default Re: how to stop fraying when cutting lengthwise.

I agree with the other ladies. Just try to find smaller ribbon. It probably would look better and be more durable!
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:08
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Default Re: how to stop fraying when cutting lengthwise.

I couldn't imagine the work that would go into making korkers that way . I would find some 1/4 or 1/8 ribbon if you're looking for really thin korkers.
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