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Thread: Homemade Mary Ellen's Best Press

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    Hi, I'm Lois. Does anyone know how to make a homemade version of this wonderful starch alternative? I seem to remember a "recipe" for it in an issue of a few years back. :lol:

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    THIS IS IT!!! I knew someone out there would know. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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    Sorry but where is the starch? Sounds more like linen water to me.

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    I'm pretty sure Mary Ellen's doesn't have any actual starch in it. If it did, wouldn't it not be so clear? I would think any starch would make it at least a little bit cloudy.

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    Actually-this video and text say that Vodka does have starch in it.
    http://www.ehow.com/video_4753578_wh...a-made-of.html

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    I'm pretty sure you are correct about Mary Ellen's Best Press not containing starch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    Actually-this video and text say that Vodka does have starch in it.
    http://www.ehow.com/video_4753578_wh...a-made-of.html
    Never thought of that. Thanks. I still have to try this Mary Ellen's Best Press first.

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    After doing more reading it sounds like it starts out with a starch and the starch converts to...something else. I am not smart in chemistry. I personally don't feel like the vodka water makes my fabric stiff. If I was starching something that really needed to be starched, like bias edges or something, I would probably use Niagara spray starch. But for pressing seams, I like the vodka water. I don't use a scent though, and I have a feeling the whole reason for the vodka is to disperse the scent and act as a preservative for it.

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    Sounds horrible to me, but I am a diehard Mary Ellen's Best Press fan. I just watch for it to go on sale or for a 40-50% off coupon on notions from Hancocks or JoAnns. Love the stiff starchy feel as well as the scent.

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