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1. Use fray check. When I was a hairbow rookie, I used to cut ribbon first and then apply fray check. Now I apply fray check (generously) first and then cut (not suitable for V-cut)--much faster. Just wet the ribbon at where you are going to cut first. I heard that somebody pure fray check to a bowl, cut the ribbon, and dip the ribbon end into fray check. If you need to seal huge amount of ribbon ends, it's a good idea.

2. Use the heat seal tool sold at RABOM--perfect thread burner. The tool was designed for sealing polyester thread. If you are a professional bowmaker, you don't want it since it's not good at handling large amount. If you only make bows for your kids, you don't want it since it's expensive.

3. Use the wood burning tool+metal ruler+metal pan (all can be purchased at Walmart). Put the ribbon on the pan, use ruler as guide, cut and seal in a single step. V-cut? Use the angle ruler as in the link below.

http://www.ruler-manufacturer.com/al...e-ruler/01.htm

The smell is terrible though. And not portable. I read somewhere that there is a battery operated wood burning tool. Anybody know where to purchase?

4. Use lighter. Hold the lighter steady, take the ribbon end near flame and move. Need practice.

5. When you cook, use the stove flame. Hold the ribbon and swipe it in (not near) the flame, just like you swipe your credit card through machine. The edge seals like magic. V-cut? No problem, 1 swipe does it all.



I've been making bows for awhile now, and I still have frayed ends after several wears - I use both fray check, a lighter, and super sharp scissors and still sometimes my ribbon ends fray. Especially the ribbon spikes. How I do it is: fray check the ends where I'm about to cut, cut the ends, use lighter, then fray check again if the ends look dry. After fray check has dried, I then shape loops and starch.

Any advice? Could it be the ribbon?
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I've been making bows for awhile now, and I still have frayed ends after several wears - I use both fray check, a lighter, and super sharp scissors and still sometimes my ribbon ends fray. Especially the ribbon spikes. How I do it is: fray check the ends where I'm about to cut, cut the ends, use lighter, then fray check again if the ends look dry. After fray check has dried, I then shape loops and starch.

Any advice? Could it be the ribbon?
What type of ribbon do you use?
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A lot of my solid 1 1/2" gg comes from gifts int'l, and my prints/dots the hair bow center and hip girls, and a couple other places online that have really good quality ribbon.

I left out earlier that when I cut the ends, I immediately run the lighter over the fresh cut to "seal", and then is when I fray check.

What do you think it could be? It sometimes happens to the ribbon spikes in my stacked bows, but not typically in the regular angle cut ends on boutique bow tails. My scissors, maybe? I have no idea!
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I use a lighter and find that it works well.
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With lighter and fray check I noticed similar with some frays here and there. I've gone to the wood burner and am not having that problem anymore. HTH
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thanks i need to get a wood burner - at the moment I am using a lighter - that seems to do the job but i would rather be more professional. x
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