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Old 01-18-2011, 01:53
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Default 7/8" versus 1 1/2" I am so confused!

I am confused. I have tons and tons of 7/8" ribbon and assumed that almost all the bows I see are made of the 7/8" but mine aren't coming out as perfect looking as others. I can't stack them with a poo and when i try they look pathetic. I wonder do most of you use the 7/8" ribbon or do you do 11/2" ribbon then work in to 7/8 for the inside ribbon and then figure 8's and the spikes. I can make them but good lord putting them together seems to be an impossible feet. I have my recipe for 7/8" ribbons without tails. But tails forget it i become all thumbs. I need some ideas and assistance. Feel free to send me a message. God the questions I have would surely drive the Master bow maker insane. I don't use templates I have taught myself without them. Maybe that's the thing I need. I will post some of my mishaps on my bio in a bit so you can see what I am talking about.

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Default Re: 7/8" versus 1 1/2" I am so confused!

For stacked bows I generally use 1.5" for my base bow and a 7/8" for the topper. I mix 1.5" and 7/8" for the spikes. Everyone does it different.
For regular twisted bows, I stick with 1.5".
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Default Re: 7/8" versus 1 1/2" I am so confused!

I struggled with that, I bought the BBM and now I wont make a bow without them. HTH
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Default Re: 7/8" versus 1 1/2" I am so confused!

I stack two 1.5" DRR TBB bows. I do not like using 7/8" at all.
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:05
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Default Re: 7/8" versus 1 1/2" I am so confused!

I just use 7/8"
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Default Re: 7/8" versus 1 1/2" I am so confused!

I only use 7/8s as well. Big bows don't sell for me here.
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Default Re: 7/8" versus 1 1/2" I am so confused!

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For stacked bows I generally use 1.5" for my base bow and a 7/8" for the topper. I mix 1.5" and 7/8" for the spikes. Everyone does it different.
For regular twisted bows, I stick with 1.5".
Ditto this

Also, I don't know what you mean by inside or outside ribbon but assume it won't matter in this case.
I don't use a template either. Only hands. I don't offer bows that look like the others around here. No "twisted" but just the old "boutique" style. I can tell you tho that either way you do them you will LOVE the 1.5. So much easier to fold and fun to work with!!
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Default Re: 7/8" versus 1 1/2" I am so confused!

I guess everything is trial and error. I just hate that I have more error then good. I think they look good when I make them but then later look at them and they look awful to me.
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I guess everything is trial and error. I just hate that I have more error then good. I think they look good when I make them but then later look at them and they look awful to me.
Do you starch them? I find that for me it's easier if I starch mine then bake it for just a little bit. Then take it out and shape it. Starch it again and then put it back in the oven for longer. It seems to work better for me. I'm like you. If I don't starch mine and leave it. It looks great when I complete it, but then when I come back later to look it looks awful. HTH.
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