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Did You Know - Useful Ribbon Information

1. Organdy Sheers - The Different Types
2. Basic Satins & Grosgrain - Your Basic Wedding and Packaging Ribbon
3. Specialty Satins & Grosgrain
4. Sheer Gift Pouches - The Perfect Way To Give A Gift
5. Ribbon For Pew Bows


1. Organdy, Sheers - The Same Ribbon

Organdy and Sheers are the same ribbon. Organdy is the type of sheer fabric, usually 100% polyester or nylon. Unwired sheers come in two types:
   1) with monofilament edge - a very thin "fishline" type thread in the edge
      to help give the ribbon body
   2) with NO monofilament edge - simply a finished edge - which makes this
      ribbon very limp and flowing.

Wired Organdy Sheer has a very thin wire in the each edge to allow you to mold the ribbon into a shape and hold this shape.

Please visit the JKM, Offray, or Morex sections of our web site for sheers with and without wire edge.


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2. Basic Satin and Grosgrain Ribbons

   Single Face Soft Satin
     100% polyester soft satin, smooth surface, sheen on one side
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section and JKM Section

   Double Face Soft Satin
     100% Polyester soft satin, smooth surface, sheen on both sides
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section and JKM Section

   Acetate Satin
     A stiffer satin, it is perfect for pew bows, packaging and is very inexpensive.
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section and C & G Section.

   Floral Poly Satin for Outdoor Use
     Made of polypropylene, these outdoor waterproof ribbon and bows are
     perfect for decorating, packaging, crafts and Floral design.
            - This ribbon can be found in the Morex Section and Berwick Section

   Polyester Grosgrain
     100% Polyester ribbon used extensively for hair bows, packaging and many
     manufacturing operations such as handles for handbags.
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section and JKM Section

(All the above polyester satin and grosgrain ribbons are washable with minimum shrinkage - less than 2% - and are colorfast! The rayon/cotton blend should be hand washed.)


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3. Specialty Satins and Grosgrain Ribbons

   Swiss Double Face Satin
      Silky Soft Bridal Satin -100% Polyester in widths up to 4" in many
      different COLORS to match bridal colors and for exquisite packaging.
            - This ribbon can be found in the Morex Section

   Feather Edge (Picot Edge) Double Face Satin
     100% Polyester soft satin with sheen on both sides with tiny loops along each
      edge in widths of 3/16" and 3/8".
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section

   Double Face Soft Satin with Monofilament Edge
     100% Polyester soft satin to help "hold the bow shape". It is not wire edge
      but it gives more body to the ribbon.
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section and JKM Section

   Narrow Satins with Gold and Silver Edge
     Soft Double Face Satin - 100% polyester in 1/8", 3/8" and 5/8" width
     in assorted colors.
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section and JKM Section

   Dainty Double Face Satin
     Soft Double Face Satin - 100% Polyester in 1/16" and 1/8" width.
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section.

   Rainbow Satin
     Soft 100% polyester satin in a variegated look along the length of the ribbon.
            - This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section.

   Rayon / Cotton Blend Grosgrain
     This blend of 57% Rayon and 43% Cotton is used for applications requiring
     excellent adhesive properties such as lamp shade manufacturing.
            - This ribbon can be found in the JKM Section.

   Petersham Grosgrain
     Soft Scalloped Edge Grosgrain used for clothing and accessory manufacture.
     It is 100% Rayon.
            - This ribbon can be found in the JKM Section.

(All the above polyester satin and grosgrain ribbons are washable with minimum shrinkage - less than 2% - and are colorfast! )


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4. Sheer Gift Pouches by JKM

Have you been looking for Sheer Organdy GIFT BAGS in all the right sizes, colors and styles?

From smaller sheer pouches used for gifts to larger pouches which will gift wrap the perfect bottle of wine, JKM Ribbon has an excellent selection in Sheer Pouches Section


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5. Ribbon for Pew Bows

What Width should I use for the Pew Bow?
How much ribbon do I need for a nice size Pew Bow?

What ribbon should I use for Pew Bows?
The answers to these questions always depend on personal preferences but here are a few guidelines based on the orders placed by our customers.

1. What Width should I use for the Pew Bow?
Most customers purchase 2 5/8" for Pew Bows followed by 1 1/2" width as the next most popular width.

2. How much ribbon do I need for a nice size Pew Bow?
Pew Bows require from 3 yards (small bows) to about 5 - 6 yards (regular size bows) to 7-8 yards if you are using a Sheer ribbon versus a solid fabric ribbon. Sheers tend to gather and look smaller while fabric ribbon bows always look larger for the same amount of ribbon because they tend to spread out more. This will depend on whether or not you are mixing sheers and fabric or adding other accents to your bow.

3. The most popular ribbons for Pew Bows are:

Acetate Satin
This is typical floral satin (a little stiffer, almost paper feel) where you can purchase 50 yard rolls of 2 5/8" at the lowest cost of all our ribbons. Acetate Satin is not wired. You must be careful not to wrinkle the ribbon as you make the bow because it will crease and the creases will show as mishandled ribbon. If the bows are made correctly, you have beautiful bow at very low cost in a variety of colors. This ribbon can be found in the Offray Section or C & G Section of our web site.

Soft Satin Ribbons - without wire edge
Single Face Satin (shiny on one side)
Double Face Satin (shiny on both sides)
Swiss Double Face Satin (shiny on both sides) - high quality, silky soft ribbon

All of these ribbons will make the more floppy type bows and are more expensive per bow. Single Face or Double Face handle the same and is more of a customer preference than anything else. Customers will sometimes use these type ribbons on Bridal Bouquets and accent their pew bows with these ribbons. These ribbons can be found in our Satin Ribbon Section

Double Face Satin with Wire Edge
This Soft Satin gives you the look but has body because of the wire edge. This ribbon is the highest cost per bow. JKM has Wired Bridal Satins in the Satin Section. Offray has Chantel Wired Double Face Satin and Morex has Wired Swiss Double Face Satin. Offray also makes a Double Face Satin with Monofilament Edge which has more body than the Soft Satin but will not hold its shape like wire edge. It is less expensive than wired double face satin.

Sheer Ribbons - these ribbons are available with and without wire edge and with and without monofilament edge.
There is a very large selection of these ribbons on www.jkmribbon.com. Basic Organdy with Monofilament Edge is one of the many options you can purchase. JKM can supply wired sheers, satin edge sheers, satin edge sheers with wire edge, gold or silver edge sheers and more combinations and patterns than you can imagine. This type ribbon is tied to your personal taste. You can view these type ribbons in all sections of our web site. The most popular are: Morex Basic Organdy, JKM Wired and Unwired Sheers, Offray Asiana Sheer with monofilament edge, Offray Lady Chiffon without monofilament edge and Offray Arabesque - satin edge wired sheer.


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