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    Senior Member Monie's Avatar
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    If this question has reared it's ugly head again please just don't answer me thank you. My question do you startch your fabric before cuttin are after? Thank you in advance

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    There are many people who starch before cutting, especially if the fabric is prewashed and dried. It is really just a personal preference.

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    I starch heavily before I cut. Then if a block doesn't do what I tell it to do, I starch it again. I pretty much sew cardboard!

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    I starch my applique sometimes. I can get it to cooperate much better that way.

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    I put my fabric in a bucket and dump in the starch mixture (half starch half water). Squeeze out the excess and throw in the dryer, iron and cut. paper stiff! no shifting or stretching.

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    Leatheflea, I like your way. Lol and love your avartar

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    Before and often, during the piecing, too.

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    I prefer to starch before I cut :D:D:D Dry and then iron the yardage.
    I will occasionally starch during piecing, but anytime you dampen the fabric you run the risk of stretching/distortion. Sometimes this will work in your favor while piecing, but it will usually go back to the original shape once it is laundered :wink:

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    wow. still learning, that's a new piece of information for my how to book!!

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    Anytime I have to prewash fabric (this removes the sizing) I wash, dry and iron with Magic Sizing (comes in a blue can with a blue lid. About a $1.00 at WalMart). If I'm doing fabric that has a bias edge (stretchy edge) I use starch. Sometimes I spray it twice. It adds stability where there is little. Welcome from Ohio.

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