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Old 08-10-2011, 04:53
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Wow! I finally got to the end of the 25 pages and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for sharing their tips. This is a great thread.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:12
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Awesome tips....Here are a few of mine...

I keep a jar of Noxema around for burns. Surprisingly, it immediately takes the burn away from the worst burns *even the wood burning tool*

For those who sew, a microfiber cloth helps pick up stray threads and I always keep a refridgerator magnet by my machine to set my pins on as I sew. I don't drop any on the floor anymore...

I make cheer bows a lot and instead of using something like heat and bond to fuse my fabric (sequin, fat quarters, etc), I use spray adhesive. I lay out my fabric, wrong side up, and spray it with adhesive (do over newspaper). Then I lay my strips of ribbon on it and press down. Let dry for a few minutes and then cut out with a rotary tool and cutting mat.

You can also use glitter eyeshadow (sold at dollar stores) and mix it in with your spray starch to give your bows a little extra shine.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:31
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My tip is.. I bought oneof those plastic storage boxes for beads that has adjustable panels and i used it store my already cut Korkers.. its perfect size, the colors are all separted , and they dont get ruin while their waiting to be made into a beautiful bow!! I love it.. and i also tape a peice of paper with my lenghs andintrustions for makeing them.. also i store my needle and thread in there and a bottle of fraycheck and a peice of ribbbon cut to the size i need as an example..Everything all in one place!!
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I don't think I've seen this posted yet.... I have been running across a lot of wrinkled ribbon. I didn't want to pull out the iron and the ironing board, then I rememberd my hair straighter that I have never used, it has an adjustable heat setting, and it has worked perfectly as a ribbon iron, and takes up almost no room on my work area!
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I don't think I've seen this posted yet.... I have been running across a lot of wrinkled ribbon. I didn't want to pull out the iron and the ironing board, then I rememberd my hair straighter that I have never used, it has an adjustable heat setting, and it has worked perfectly as a ribbon iron, and takes up almost no room on my work area!
I have a mini-hair straightener and keep it with my woodburner and hot glue gun when making my bows. Sometimes I fold the end of my ribbon over to make the V cut, I seem to always have that tiny crease at the center of the V, which bothers me . I pick up my mini-hair straightener, clamp down on the end and I have a nice straight end on my spikes or whatever else I've used the V cut for.

When setting up for a show, I will also take my mini-hair straightener with me. I may have to use it to touch up any bows that may not have traveled as easily as I had hoped for.
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I just saw a post that reminded me of this tip. I save all my tutorials on Google. Set up a google account and save them in Google Docs. That way, if something ever happens to you computer, you won't lose them- and you can access them from any computer!
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Someone else shared this one not to long ago but Ill share it again.
dot a bit of hot glue to the end of a new stick when you load it. This way it does not slip back out.
OMG!! Your such life saver! I'm such a hahaha! IDK how many times I almost crucified myself at the times my glue stick would fly all over the place when picking up the glue gun! Finally!! No more glue stick carpets!!
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I just saw a post that reminded me of this tip. I save all my tutorials on Google. Set up a google account and save them in Google Docs. That way, if something ever happens to you computer, you won't lose them- and you can access them from any computer!
That is genius. I currently print most and keep them in a binder but it would be nice to have a backup.
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I just saw a post that reminded me of this tip. I save all my tutorials on Google. Set up a google account and save them in Google Docs. That way, if something ever happens to you computer, you won't lose them- and you can access them from any computer!
Why can't I be that smart??? Genius! I can't tell you how many tuts I have lost when my computer crashed!
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Someone else shared this one not to long ago but Ill share it again.
dot a bit of hot glue to the end of a new stick when you load it. This way it does not slip back out.
This is great!!! I just tried it and it worked so well I can't believe I never thought of it before.
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