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« on: March 03, 2009 01:47:03 PM »

Look at this beauty that I picked up at an estate sale recently.  What am I going to do with all these bows???







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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2009 01:51:29 PM »

Ah, I wish I could go to some estate sales around here! Awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2009 01:59:06 PM »

So jealous!!! Cheesy Cheesy Don't know what to do with all those bows, but we'd be making just as many if it were ours! Super cool!!! Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2009 02:05:35 PM »

Looks brand new what a great find. Is it aqua in color?  My kitcken is done in the 50's aqua and pale yellow. I have so many vintage items in these colors. I have never see this bow maker before love it!
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009 02:16:06 PM »

This is so cool! I can't wait til it warms up here so I can go garage sale-ing, and there's a great outdoor flea market near my boyfriends house!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2009 02:47:51 PM »

Start a wrapping business? Tongue

It's definitely a cool find no matter what you do!
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2009 04:20:27 PM »

Ooh very neat! I never even knew there was a home type machine that made those! What a find!
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2009 04:27:47 PM »

O MAN, that is awesome! I'm in awe of all the gift wrapping possibilities you now have!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2009 05:58:15 PM »

I wouldn't know what to do with them either but how cool! What an awesome find!
And now you are set for holidays!
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2009 06:12:59 PM »

wow! i didn't know those things existed! how awesome. you should make tons of really neat bows and sell them online. use really cool printed ribbons, like those stripped ones you have.
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2009 07:34:25 PM »

Holy moly! That's amazing. I had no idea those existed!
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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2009 08:33:51 PM »

Wow.

Maybe you could make bows out of expensive looking new ribbon and open a bow shop on etsy. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2009 08:39:10 PM »

These would be great for little hair clips Wink I'd love to play with that though looks like fun!!!
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« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2009 09:58:16 PM »

that is the neatest thing ever
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« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2009 10:58:32 PM »

That is just the coolest whatcha ma thing!!!  Does it make just the one size or can you adjust it to make other sizes.  Now you can help all of your friends during holidays.lol.  Just ask them to get ribbon.
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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2009 12:46:42 AM »

I want it.Does it work with all ribbons?If so make some little girl hair thingies.
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« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2009 05:28:19 AM »

That is just the coolest whatcha ma thing!!!  Does it make just the one size or can you adjust it to make other sizes.  Now you can help all of your friends during holidays.lol.  Just ask them to get ribbon.

It actually adjusts to make bows in sizes 2" to 6".  It only uses a certain to ribbon that comes on a roll that will fit the "holder"--if that makes sense.
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« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2009 05:52:56 AM »

That's just amazing! Definitely sell them - they cost so much in card shops and a lot of the time, they aren't even nice!  It looks like you're having a lot of fun!
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« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2009 06:47:17 AM »

Wow, that's so cool! I have seen these in thrift stores, but had no idea what they were!
Apple peeler corer things...thats what I thought they were!

Well you have some lovely spring colours there, maybe a garland to put on your "easter tree".  Roll Eyes

(I don't understand the easter tree concept...but hey)




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« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2009 07:55:05 AM »

Super cool that it makes different sizes.  You'll never want for bows now.  It's great.  You are all set up for gift giving.
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« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2009 09:14:21 AM »

Interesting!  I've never seen this kind of machine before!  That is really neat and they came out nicely.  I recently learned how to make these bows by hand and have enjoyed putting them on gifts.
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« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2009 02:53:00 PM »

Can you re-roll other ribbons on empty spools?  I re-roll film on old spools when I need a certain size, maybe the same thing could work for this machine!
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« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2009 03:03:09 PM »

When I was about 9 my mom worked at Hallmark and they used these to make the bows on their packages they wrapped.  During Christmas, she would bring it home and make the bows ahead of time...I feel in love.  I haven't seen one since then...how cool.
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« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2009 03:08:30 PM »

Update--I moved it off my table this afternoon, mainly because every time I walked by I had the urge to stop and change out the ribbon and make another bow!  I am about 95% sure that this little jewel was used in one of our "fancy" department stores downtown (remember when you went "downtown" to shop?) in the 1950-60's or there abouts, so it is like a piece of my hometown's history--I just love it!  I know I'm Crazy!
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« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2009 03:11:13 PM »

That isn't a home model bow maker, it was probably $300 new & it's meant for commercial use in a florist shop or other place that would do bows. GREAT find! I've used one in a florist shop, they are quite fun Smiley

I agree, re-rolling new ribbon onto the empty spools would probably work as long as it's the correct width.

I also second selling bows made from cool ribbon Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2009 03:23:56 PM »

that is so funny, If I had it I would be making bows too. awesome find!!
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« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2009 05:21:48 PM »

I am so jealous! When I was little my grandparent's owned a drug store and my grandma taught me how to use a machine just like this one and she let me sell them for 5 cents each.
Seeing one brought back the best memories!
Great Estate Sale Find!!
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« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2009 08:34:47 PM »

Good find! I always get so jealous when people come across cool stuff like this when all I ever find is junk.
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« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2009 08:38:35 PM »

Professionally speaking, I would say that thing is straight outta the florist industry, very cool!
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« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2009 03:20:49 AM »

i always thought they were handmade! but coming to think of it, the amount you see in gift wrapping shops etc, it would take a hell of a lot of time to hand make them all.
i dunno what you could do with it in particular. i would probably try and make bow shaped pasta, and then end up ruining the whole machine  Grin
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« Reply #31 on: March 08, 2009 10:13:31 PM »

That is AWESOME! What a unique find... I can't wait for better weather so I can hit up some sales myself. Hmmm...what to do with 1,652 bows...

I would be tempted to do something insane...art-installation style... like make a five foot colorful wreath out of bows. Or cover an entire ceiling with white bows. You wouldn't notice them at first because of the color, but the texture would pop out. Oh, or a  HUGE color-wheel wreath out of bows. I might even be tempted to use vintage fabric ribbon to create a whole bunch of bows and sew them together into a just-for-show throw. That would look fabulous in my guest room. If my husband could read this he would be SO glad I didn't find that machine! =)
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« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2009 11:28:19 PM »

So THAT'S how they make bows... I thought there were just a lot of Mommy and Daddy bows around somewhere...

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« Reply #33 on: May 03, 2009 10:01:04 PM »

Hi,
Just a note for a little history on the bow machines.  My Dad, Richard Brown, designed this bow machine back in the early 1960s while we were living in La Habra, CA.  I still have the original prototype and it's case and some ribbon.  I have fond memories of making bows for Christmas when I was a child.  It's great to see another machine!!!!
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« Reply #34 on: May 04, 2009 03:26:02 PM »

I added some photos on the Star Bow machine that I still have along with a bow umbrella my grandmother had made back in 1969 for a friend's shower.  Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: August 07, 2009 01:05:07 PM »

How cool! Your bows look great!  I wouldn't be able to keep myself from making hundreds of them  Cheesy
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« Reply #36 on: October 24, 2009 03:08:39 PM »

That is the single most coolest thing I have ever seen.  I want that.  I want that right now.  Cheesy Smiley
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