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Thread: Backing question

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    Backing question

    I'm just starting to sew together the backing for a quilt top that I just finished. Does anyone starch the backing? I want to iron all the creases out of the material but can't decide if I should steam them out or Best Press them out. I used Best Press when I made the top.

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    I starch my backing just like I starch fabrics before I cut out pieces for my blocks. That way when I put it together to quilt, its all nice & smooth, and much less likely to have any puckers.

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    I heavily starch the backing. It prevents the fabric from puckering or folding over itself while machine quilting.

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    I starch all my fabrics before cutting. I use steam, starch, whatever to get the wrinkles out and go from there. Doesn't matter if it's for the front or the back.

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    I don't usually starch my backing if the quilt is going to be washed. I just press it nice and then quilt it. As long as it doesn't have any major creases that need removed. Now if it's a wall hanging I might starch it to keep it nice and smooth and flat.
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    Thanks so much for responding. I do appreciate the advice. I will starch mine too.

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    I starch mine.

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    I agree starching the back helps keep it smooth with out wrinkles.
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    Prism99 never thought about starching the back for this reason. Will do from today.
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    Good idea to starch even if you plan to wash it afterwards. Keeps it flat while quilting. I also use a 1/2" seam allowance on the backing fabric and starch the seams open and flat to help with quilting over them. Unless it's flannel, minkee or fleece - still do the 1/2" seam allowance but use spray basting on the seams (underside) then press them open/flat with my fingers - don't like quilting over a lot of thickness on the backing.

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