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Posted 4/11/2013 by mom-2-2beagles in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:45:05 PM
I'm wondering what the best way to "seal" the ends of ribbon would be. I have a couple sewing patterns and craft projects that I would like to protect the ends of the ribbons from fraying.




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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:46:02 PM
dab on fraycheck.

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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:46:11 PM
In sewing departments there is a bottle of stuff called "Fray Check" That is the brand name. It is perfect for this. Dries clear and doesn't get overly stiff but does seal the thread together so they don't unravel. web page


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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:47:45 PM
Buy "Fray Check" at Joanne, Walmart, hobby lobby or any craft store. It's a small bottle of liquid that seals the ends. Works great! Dries fast and invisible.



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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:48:03 PM
I think you could use a tiny bit of clear nail polish in a pinch. That's what we used to do before there was FrayCheck.


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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:48:54 PM
Sounds like Fraycheck is what I need! Is that what they use on the ends of little girls hair bows?




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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:50:11 PM
Is that what they use on the ends of little girls hair bows?
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Generally, yes. It is perfect for that.


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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:52:11 PM
Cut the ribbon with a wood burning knife. It heat seals as it cuts. Or you can spend a fortune on an Imaginesce Ribbon cutter and another fortune on batteries (it doesn't take an electrical adapter) which does the same thing as the wood knife

ETA if you want to start a business, buy the knife. It's faster and easier than using fraycheck. I make and sell hair elastics and hairbands from FOE and use the knife and I can make 100's while my mom is still cutting and fraychecking hers.

And the amazon link is not an affiliate one


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Posted: 4/11/2013 6:55:10 PM
For grosgrain ribbon you can burn the ends. Just barely touch the ends with the fire and the ends will melt.




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Posted: 4/11/2013 11:12:09 PM
thank you!




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Posted: 4/12/2013 9:44:50 AM
Whenever I make "prayer shawls" for family members, after I've added all those ribbons, I just touch the ends to a candle flame. It melts the tip of the ribbon and keeps them from fraying. That's the quickest, most inexpensive way I know to stop 100's of ribbon ends from fraying.

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Posted: 4/12/2013 10:55:51 AM
I was going to also suggest the candle trick. That's what I found when looking for this same answer.


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Posted: 4/12/2013 10:58:39 AM
I use clear nail polish, but if I were doing hundreds, I would heat seal the ends like the above posters say.


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Posted: 4/12/2013 11:10:03 AM
fray check works great but I find that I leaves some of my ribbon 'wet' looking.
you can get a tool that is specifically for sealing the edges of ribbon.

These are some of them:

Imaginisce I Magiccut Ribbon Cutter (about $21)

Euro Tool Perfect End Thread burner. (about $12)

Fabric Cutter and Sealer Hot Knife. (this one is pricey)

there are others too but I cant think of what they are

the imaginecse one might be available here. if its not you can peamail me and I can tell you where to get it


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Posted: 4/12/2013 2:56:21 PM
I just put the tiniest bit of Alene's tacky glue on the tip of my finger and run it over the end of the ribbon. I would imagine any decent white glue that dries clear would do.



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Posted: 4/13/2013 8:47:06 PM
burning with a lighter is the quickest and easiest. Just don't put the ribbon in the fire because it will melt. Oh, and don't touch it right away. That hurts! Nothing like melted polyester on your fingers!

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Posted: 4/13/2013 10:27:18 PM
I always use a lighter to melt the ends. That's a cheap, easy way to stop fraying.


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Posted: 4/13/2013 10:29:27 PM
I was going to say melt the ends as well. It's the easiest, cheapest method there is. Hold it near the flame but not in it. Once it starts melting watch it carefully, because they will light on fire if they get too hot. Then you have to blow it out, trim the end again and start over. It's a pain. Ask me how I know.


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