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I have heard a bit about "silk winders". I currently produce a 30 ft streamer from my square circle as well as other silk loads from various places. How would a silk winder help me in the "prep" work I do to load everything? Is it really necessary or can folding and/or rolling work just as well?

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You can acordian fold it into a cardboard box back and forth and it will work.

A Rosini style silk winder(which I make) makes it must faster and easier to load. It kind of winds the streamer like a bobbin in a sewing machine and then you pull out the middle to produce it.

To be honest though, it seem like if you are only producing a 30' streamer you could make a little cardboard tube or box to shove it into and then load that into the load area.

With a Rosini winder, you can get 12" x 300' streamer into a pop can with the right weight of silk and winding methods.
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Richard,
Thanks for the advice.
I have been rolling them up like a scrowl.
Is that better or worse than an accordian fold?
Would the accordian fold leave pleats or wrinkles?

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Check this out.
It's a good home made winder.
I have tried it myself and it works beautifully.

http://allmagic.com/magicshow/stage/silktwister.html
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Thanks Hugh,

Will this keep "things" from getting wrinkled? I recently took someone's suggestion of ironing my silks, scarves and table drapes before shows. It does look better, but how do you keep them that way?

I think this could extend the useful life of the silks because of the extra time and care you are giving them, as opposed to just stuffing them into a load chamber.
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Gen Grant said to iron your silks several days before a show. They have time to dry out and wrinkle less.

For streamers use a mailing tube or a piece of cardboard slightly longer then the width of the streamer. Then wind the silk around this keeping them straight. By cardboard I mean corragated board that has some thickness. Put paper tape around the edges to soften the edges. I then keep in a plastic bag.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will try it. What does a silk winder do though? Is it just there to make it easier to roll up the load as small as possible?
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The silk winder makes it easier to load the streamer in a smaller space.

I store my silks folded or rolled on a paper tube. If folded, I put them into a zip lock bag and burped the air out. Seems to help the wrinkle. I know there is a lot of discussion about the silk having to breathe. I have done this for over twenty years and they are fine. Now if you were storing them for years without using them, It could be a problem.

I minimize the ironing of the silks as it adds static to the silk. Ironing ahead as Gen Grant suggested. helps.
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Listen to Richard Hughes. He knows.

I roll my "zombie foulard" around a cardboard mailing tube .
Keeps it fresh and flat .
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