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Thread: Flaking Starch.........How Do You Prevent It

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    Okay help the guy quilter out here........I read on another thread that there is a proper temp to using starch and apparently a secret to keeping it from flaking.

    So here is my question..........

    What is the proper temp and use of starch. I used to used sizing and now swapped to starch but it flakes on me in spots. Now it usually washes out no big deal but whats the secret to not flaking.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Okay help the guy quilter out here........I read on another thread that there is a proper temp to using starch and apparently a secret to keeping it from flaking.

    So here is my question..........

    What is the proper temp and use of starch. I used to used sizing and now swapped to starch but it flakes on me in spots. Now it usually washes out no big deal but whats the secret to not flaking.

    Billy
    Hey Billy sure enjoy your posts on machines....when you spray it let it rest til foam disapates and then iron it....its the foam that flakes....also use Mary Ellen's Best Press....the best one

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    After you spray your fabric let it sit for about 30 seconds to let the starch seep into the fabric. I use my iron on the cotton setting. Your are getting the flakes because the starch is still wet.

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    For me it happens if I soak an area too much with starch.

    There are brands out there that specifically state no flaking. I wonder if one of these would work for you or I've used homemade and its worked well.

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    The starch that I use is the one where you mix it with water to make it what ever strength you want to use it at. I of course go for the heavy starch where you can make a 4" square stand up on end. I used an old "Shout" spray bottle and I was thinking that might be it. I modified the sprayer to where it is almost a mist and I wait for a while before ironing but sometimes it still flakes.

    I was thinking that the starch was a little too heavy.

    Billy

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    Sounds like it maybe a little too heavy if the charm can stand up on end! LOL :)

    Like others I also let mine rest a bit...if I have time. I also spray on the wrong side of fabric so IF it flakes it'll flake there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere

    Like others I also let mine rest a bit...if I have time. I also spray on the wrong side of fabric so IF it flakes it'll flake there.
    Such a good idea....now, why didn't I think of that!!!! :oops:

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    Whatever fabrics I'm going to be working with, I starch at least 1 hour before using, then either put in the dryer for a few minutes or let air dry, then I mist with water to iron, I don't get flakes then. I also use the concentrated but I mix it a little more like 55% mix, and spray on the wrong side also.

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    Mary Ellen's Best Press hasn't flaked for me yet. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    Whatever fabrics I'm going to be working with, I starch at least 1 hour before using, then either put in the dryer for a few minutes or let air dry, then I mist with water to iron, I don't get flakes then. I also use the concentrated but I mix it a little more like 55% mix, and spray on the wrong side also.
    I mix mine 60/40 so I am not far off from you then. I guess I will have to let it dry longer and not be so impatient :)

    Billy

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