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Thread: homemade spray starch

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    homemade spray starch

    Does anyone have a recipe for making spray starch for quilting?
    Fran

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    one part Vodka to eight parts water and a few drops of lavender essence, (if you want some fragrance, I don't use it) It is not a starch but does give a little body to the fabric. anyway that is what I use.

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    I use 1/3 water and 2/3 vodka with a drop or two of lavender scent. It is not startchy but like Best Press and is not as expensive. (I never drink but vodka makes good vanilla and spray "starch")

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    2 cups water
    2 oz. vodka
    a few drops lavender oil

    we all have same ingredients different proportions
    mine is same as mamagrande's
    Last edited by mary quilting; 07-17-2013 at 07:25 AM.

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    one I found on Google

    What You'll Need:

    1 Tbs. cornstarch

    1/4 cup cold water

    3 3/4 cup tap water

    2-3 drops of fragrant essential oil or lemon juice (optional)



    Mix It Up:

    Bring 3 3/4 cup tap water to a rolling boil.

    While waiting for water to boil, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch into cold water. Stir constantly until cornstarch is completely dissolved.

    Once water boils, slowly stir in cornstarch mixture.

    If using essential oil or lemon juice, add to mixture and continue to stir for one minute.

    Remove from heat and let cool.

    After cooling add to a one quart spray bottle.

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    No sorry, I am to lazy to make my own.

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    I'd rather just drink the vodka,with a hint of vanilla flavor...then starching won't be a concern!LOL,
    Life may not be the party we planned for,but while we are here we should dance!

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    Hear, hear, Miss francie yuhas -- sounds like a great plan to me!

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    How can you starch something when STARCH is not an ingredient?
    Is alcohol the secret ingredient in Best Press?
    Would gin work?

    I have Niagara in the 'bad' aerosol can - both regular and extra-firm - but I only use it when I can see that some little piece is going to go really really awhack. Or on those pesky fold creases off the bolt which won't go for steam.

    I just press cut piece join quilt! Will things go better with vodka? real starch?

    Forgive me but have only quilted a couple years and still exploring techniques. thanks!
    SueSew
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    My sister buys the liquid starch in the half-gallon jug, then dilutes it. I don't have the proportions, I just know she does it. Me, I'll buy the Niagara and the Best Press. I'd rather be quilting, and I don't have to worry about storing one more thing.

    Francie, I don't drink alcohol, but I'll join you with a tall glass of iced tea!

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