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Thread: do you starch unwashed fabric?

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    Senior Member carol45's Avatar
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    For those folks who don't prewash: do you starch the fabric before you cut, or is it stiff enough for accuracy without additional starch?

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    If there are going to be any bias edges I starch heavily, I don't normally prewash :D:D:D

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    I buy it, cut it, sew it...and then wash it.

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    its so interesting to hear how some wash and others don't prior to cutting. I have done both. I never see much if any difference. I do wash in cold water and then dry.

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    I don't normally starch unwashed fabric before cutting. I do starch unwashed fabric heavily if I am cutting bias strips for binding. I also starch unwashed fabric heavily if I am using the fabric for backing.

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    I haven't starched at all yet, but I might start.

    I do however ALWAYS pre-wash as soon as I get the fabric home(twice for reds!). I pre-wash both for color bleed and because I know what chemicals are used in the manufacturing process and I really don't want to breath/touch those any more than I have to - especially when you think about how much fabric is hanging around in a small area. I also pre-wash clothing that I buy.

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    I'm not a pre-washer myself, but I will starch fabrics that have not been previously washed without hesitation...

    I use - [MaryEllen's Best Press "BP"] before cutting when using my Accuquilt Go! Cutter as I find it helps keep the die free of fabric bits and results in a cleaner cut when working with several layers to cut (IMO). Other than that - I generally cut, sew and then use a quick & light spritz of BP when setting my seams and/or pressing pieces for the completed blocks together for most of my quilting, so I'm not truly starch-starching everything ;) because sometimes I wont even remember to "spritz" before pressing anyhow. Everyone has their own personal preference and those times when it's "a must" or a "don't bother". To each their own I say! But at the end of the day - it is never a necessity, but it can be very helpful depending on what kind of project or end you wish to accomplish.

    However, I will say that when you are mass producing XMAS Stockings like I did this Christmas (I mean I was really my own one woman sweatshop) - I can tell you that my choice to starch all my stocking fabrics that I used for the outside and the liner of them - was the best choice because it made the assembly line cutting so much easier therefore allowing for the rapid production of them.... and I didn't have a "stocking" die for my Accuquilt Go (or I would have been in heaven).

    During normal/ordinary quilting activities - I don't need such a level of fabric reliability and/or ease in cutting, so it usually not a big deal. In the end whether I use starch or not... it all comes out in the washer and has no effect on the fabric if you chose to "starch" when the fabric wasn't pre-washed to begin with!

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    I've starched washed and unwashed but I think the starch penetrates
    better after the fabric has been washed.
    In any case, make sure you starch before cutting.
    The other day I was trying to be smarter or should I say lazier and
    starched my cut piece. Big mistake. My piece shrunk by at least 1/4". LOL

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    I starch before using the fabrics I'll be working with, either unwashed or washed.

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    I do not starch....buy cut sew.... wash also

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