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Old 09-03-2011, 02:07
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Default Does this really work? ... no sew technique

I'm sure most of you have seen this, but I'm curious about it...
I use the big sally's clip on occasion, but I always sew my bow to get the perfect creases. This makes it seem as though you don't need to worry about any of that, because it creases perfectly already.. Does it really work that well? Is it because of the organza ribbon?
I have been using heavy duty thread, which is a decent approach.. but I want to start using embroidery floss or elastic thread (those two items could be the same thing, but I don't know.. LOL).. mainly because heavy duty doesn't always slide through as easy.. Anyway, if there is some miraculous trick with organza ribbon and perfect creases, please let me know!

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I do, however, like the reinforcement of sewing, because my youngest has managed to mess up some bows I made in the past from creasing by hand and tying off. I wouldn't mind running my needle and thread through the middle for added security.. I have tried so many techniques for folding the center, and I have made good creases.. but I have felt like sometimes my hands can do it, and sometimes they can't. Whether it's freehand folding, sewing, etc.. I do know that practice makes perfect, and my creases are good.. I feel like I waste so much time on making perfect creases.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:05
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Default Re: Does this really work? ... no sew technique

I have both the metal and the plastic, get the plastic ones, they are lot stronger, thicker and better and have little teeth on them which helps to grab the ribbon
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:42
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Default Re: Does this really work? ... no sew technique

I use the metal sally clip and sew! I use the clip to hold everything perfect while I am stitching. Then I just slide it off before I pull my thread to crease. Work perfectly for me!!
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:47
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Default Re: Does this really work? ... no sew technique

i have never used this method...i prefer to sew....i like the added security in knowing it's not going to come undone!!
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:16
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Default Re: Does this really work? ... no sew technique

I use that method... I have the metal sally's clips which seem to work good most of the time but if the plastic are stronger I'll have to try those. I have found that the thin organza ribbon to tie aroung the middle makes all the difference in using this method because if you loop it around itself a few times before pulling it tight it holds as opposed to thread when you let go it doesn't stay tight. I like this method because if I don't like the bow once it's done I can pull it a little bit to get it perfect, then I stitch through the middle to hold it. hth
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:33
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Default Re: Does this really work? ... no sew technique

on the rare occasion when i'm forced to make a bow . . . i use both (and to make sally clip stronger I use a binder clip at the end of the sally clip).

that ribbon is great for typing off cause it forms a wider center point . . . and the h/glue goes right thru the organza ribbon causing a strong bond - imo
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:19
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Default Re: Does this really work? ... no sew technique

In my opinion....the creases do not come out as well with the Sally's clip. You get much more even controlled creases if you sew...especially with the twisted bow b.c you want the top and bottom of the creases to come out correctly so the loops lay right. Once I started sewing, my bows retained their shape much much more!!
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If you are tying off your bow, the quicker you go, the better the crease. You do have more control when sewing though.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:45
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Default Re: Does this really work? ... no sew technique

I use the metal clip, as well. I may try the plastic, because it does make sense that it would be a stronger hold.. but a binder clip with the metal seems like a great idea!
I will have to try the organza, and see how it works! I had wondered if the width made a difference.. It seems like any issues I have with stitching is because it is so thin. The folds in the middle are great, but sometimes the top can be off.. So I will take it apart and sew again. I'm not sure if that makes sense.. Sometimes the top doesn't fold the way it should..? Maybe I don't put the needle in the right spot.. Like I said before usually it works, but on occasion it doesn't.. Which I don't mind having trouble on occasion, but if there are easier ways, then I'm game!
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Default Re: Does this really work? ... no sew technique

I tried sewing with a salon clip but my crease never came out right. When I tie them off they seem to come out better for me.
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