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Old 04-02-2011, 06:55
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Ever slightly burn your finger so it is useless for an hour or so when you're close to finishing a bow? For a TEMPORARY fix dab a bit of butter on the burn. It will not benefit the wound in anyway besides subsiding the burning/throbbing sensation for a few minutes. It is not meant for constant use. Some swear by the Old Wives Tale, some are against it. It's your call..I've done this about 10 times and my burns healed just fine and no differently than they normally would have. Best of luck!
Thanks for sharing Lexi I always keep a small bottle of solarcaine in the house for the same purpose ~ it works great!
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I love all these ideas (although I don't quite understand the woodburner one - do you have a pic.?)

Here is my tip - Save money on sewing thread and buy it on the cones (usually made for the serger). It is alot cheaper and you get so much more.
I bought this http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...RODID=prd12768 and it holds the cone so that it can be used on any machine - I love it!!
Oh another tip is to make your pacifier clips universal by adding a thin ribbon loop at the end instead of the snap. I make the hole to thread the loop through by burning a hole with my woodburner and then just crease and stitch
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Oh another tip is to make your pacifier clips universal by adding a thin ribbon loop at the end instead of the snap. I make the hole to thread the loop through by burning a hole with my woodburner and then just crease and stitch
That's exactly what I do. :-)
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:13
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New member nekoda recently shared her tips for making tutu waistbands:

Ive usually ask my custom order customers the waist size, subtract two inches but do NOT sew ends until I am done JUST to be sure. I also do not tie the knots tightly on the elastic (it takes away the integrity of the elastic) but leave them to where I can slide a pinky under the knot. I always, regardless of size, safety pin my elastic around a new roll of paper towels, do my tutu ty'in, then adjust the length of the waist accordingly. This leaves me a nice flush backing and I can easily measure my progress and the length.

Thanks for sharing nekoda!
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SerendipityBoutique shares a tip regarding photographing bows:

One suggestion is always take your pics before you put clips on them. That way the bow lays flat for the pics.

Thanks SB!
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SerendipityBoutique shares a tip regarding photographing bows:

One suggestion is always take your pics before you put clips on them. That way the bow lays flat for the pics.

Thanks SB!
I do this I just wrap my center & use a straight pin on the back to hold the ribbon taut. The other benefit of this is that you can put whichever clip your customer wants on the bow.
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finally located the 2 pdf files for those of us that can't cut a round circle . i cut these out of milk bottle plastic and then heated a pin to make a hole in the center . . . now i just stack them up and cut away!

circle template: http://sew4home.com/images/articles/...ern-Circle.pdf

flower template: http://sew4home.com/images/articles/...ern-Flower.pdf

the above is from this website - they have tons of stuff to do w/ribbon . . . this month they're featuring drr . . . http://sew4home.com/



one more tip . . . i've been ironing a lot of wrinkled ribbon lately . . . and have always used a plastic iron cover for years & years - i lay my iron (on hi temp & have never melted/scorched any fabric) on the ironing board and pull the ribbon thru . . . no burns, no rusty water spots or other crap that seems to come out of the iron . . . it's a must have! i know i didn't pay $19.99 for mine . . . but this is what it looks like.

http://www.tryourdesigns.com/IronShoe.htm
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You have no idea how much I love you right now. This is fabulous. I absolutely cannot cut a round circle to save my life. Going to make some templates tonight. The milk should be empty by then . Thanks!!
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finally located the 2 pdf files for those of us that can't cut a round circle . i cut these out of milk bottle plastic and then heated a pin to make a hole in the center . . . now i just stack them up and cut away!

circle template: http://sew4home.com/images/articles/...ern-Circle.pdf

flower template: http://sew4home.com/images/articles/...ern-Flower.pdf

the above is from this website - they have tons of stuff to do w/ribbon . . . this month they're featuring drr . . . http://sew4home.com/



one more tip . . . i've been ironing a lot of wrinkled ribbon lately . . . and have always used a plastic iron cover for years & years - i lay my iron (on hi temp & have never melted/scorched any fabric) on the ironing board and pull the ribbon thru . . . no burns, no rusty water spots or other crap that seems to come out of the iron . . . it's a must have! i know i didn't pay $19.99 for mine . . . but this is what it looks like.

http://www.tryourdesigns.com/IronShoe.htm
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Just caught this thread and have had fun reading through all your tips. It was reassuring to see that I use many of them...makes feel like I'm "on the right track" so-to-speak!

My tip isn't much but I love it. When I make tutus I could never seem to get my knots to lay nice (to my eye anyway.) So I tie about 10 or so, slide a butter knife under 3 or 4 at a time and this allows me to pull on the knot to get it more snug and slide it together without pulling or tugging on the elastic. This gives my knots a nice uniform look too.

Thanks for starting this Maxine and thank you everyone for all the wonderful ideas!
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Thank you for all the wonderful tips! I don't have any to add yet, but I have used quite a few of these!
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