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Old 02-04-2011, 11:43
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Question Gator bite.. how does it work?

I fold my ribbon by hand and then slide it into the gator bite. However, I'm having some problems.

1) When I go to put the ribbon into the gator bite, it moves a little bit and loses its shape. It's like the gator bite isn't chomping down on it tight enough or something?

2) When I try to tie off, I can't. The ribbon doesn't slide together and make a nice fold in the center. It doesn't slide easily like it did in the sally clip.

Girls, what am I doing wrong?
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:45
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Default Re: Gator bite.. how does it work?

I have this same problem with mine and that's why I don't use it. But I'm afraid to destash it, just in case I do get it someday. I'd be interested in what they say.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:48
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Hey Maxine, I use double prong clips to hold my bow together, while transferring it to gator bite, and or you could use a few stiches also..heres a link ..hth

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Old 02-04-2011, 12:24
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Default Re: Gator bite.. how does it work?

Sometimes if your ribbon is stiff it will be hard to tie off and get a good fold in the center. It works really good on the UB ribbon. For a smaller bow I use an alli clip to hold it in place while putting it in the gator bite. Also you can move your ribbon around on the gator bite before you tie it.
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Maxine, I use a clip kind of like this to hold my bow in place when I slide it into my GB. This was the closest picture I could find to what I use. The one I actually use is metal and long and skinny. It slides out great after I have my bow situated into my GB. I haven't ever had problems with mine not creasing or holding tight enough. I use embroidery floss to tie mine off and just pull slowly. HTH!
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:10
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Hey Maxine, I use double prong clips to hold my bow together, while transferring it to gator bite, and or you could use a few stiches also..heres a link ..hth

http://hipgirlclips.com/forums/how-m...-keep-bow.html
Thanks rsg! I did read that thread before I posted my question, but I couldn't find where it tells you how to actually tie it off(?)

Once you transfer your bow to the gator, how do you tie it off? The ribbon won't slide together in the middle to make the folds

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Sometimes if your ribbon is stiff it will be hard to tie off and get a good fold in the center. It works really good on the UB ribbon. For a smaller bow I use an alli clip to hold it in place while putting it in the gator bite. Also you can move your ribbon around on the gator bite before you tie it.
QB, that's the problem I'm having. I can't seem to tie it off properly. I'll try a different type of ribbon and see if I have better success.

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Maxine, I use a clip kind of like this to hold my bow in place when I slide it into my GB. This was the closest picture I could find to what I use. The one I actually use is metal and long and skinny. It slides out great after I have my bow situated into my GB. I haven't ever had problems with mine not creasing or holding tight enough. I use embroidery floss to tie mine off and just pull slowly. HTH!
M2s, I think I have that exact package! Is there an open space down the middle? That's what I was using before I bought the gator bite. I'm using embroidery floss too. But when I pull to tie off, the ribbon fights me and stays under those teeth on the gator
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Default Re: Gator bite.. how does it work?

Maxine, I replied to the other thread you posted in. I would be happy to make a tutorial showing how to do it, but I can't do it tonight. My daughter is having a double sleep over and it is very busy here tonight! lol
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:30
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Isn't the gator bite just a more fancy and expensive type of salon clip or does it do something more?
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:31
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Maxine, I replied to the other thread you posted in. I would be happy to make a tutorial showing how to do it, but I can't do it tonight. My daughter is having a double sleep over and it is very busy here tonight! lol
Bless your heart!! (hugs!!) Thank you!

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Old 02-05-2011, 06:19
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Default Re: Gator bite.. how does it work?

I've always wondered if the GB was something that I might need. But what is its purpose if you have to use another clip before putting it in the GB?? Can you use it on the twisted bows? Thats where I would need one. I have tried the big clip from Sally's but it seems to move a little when I put the clip on, like Maxine said was happening to her.
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