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sealing ribbon edges

Clairann | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Can anyone tell me how to heat seal the edges of ribbon to keep them from fraying?  I know you can use a match, but is there something a little safer? I was told to make a hotwire…but don’t know how to begin or if you can purchase such an item.  Thanks for your help.


  1. HeartFire2 | | #1

    Just use a match, lit candle or a lighter.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Craft stores sell hot wire/hot pens for use in paper crafting, and low heat sodering irons work well, too.  I've always thought that a small hot glue gun, minus the glue, would also work for ribbon edges; the tip is certainly hot enough to burn my fingers.

    One problem with using a candle or open flame is the possibility of charring the edges or catching the ribbon on fire.  The heat pen/ sodering tool melts the synthetic fibers instead and is a lot safer overall.

  3. cafms | | #3

    Try using a wood burning tool and laying the ribbon on a piece of glass to cut it. 

  4. user-51823 | | #4

    any particular reason you don't want to use Fraycheck?

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