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Thread: Sizing vs starch

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    What's the diference? I'm unfamiliar with Sizing. Can anyone explain the difference to me? :?:
    thanks!

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    I'll be watching to see the answers too! :D

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    I don't know any technical stuff just my experience. I use sizing to make my stuff stiff especially my bookmarks before I sell them. When I tried starch it took for ever for it to dry. And I didn't think it was all that stiff. The sizing dries pretty quickly and I soak mine with the spray when I spray them. By morning they are really stiff. I use the sizing to stiffen a piece of fabric or to take out wrinkles. I iron it after spraying and it dries really well in just a couple of mins.

    Maybe someone else will have a more technical answer.

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    I was told to use sizing instead of starch because bugs like starch and they would make holes in the fabric.

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    I don't thing sizing flakes as much as starch does.

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    Interesting question and if you google there are several discussions from quilters to professional cleaners.

    Sizing is also designed to create shape and dirt resistance.


    A: Starch is used to stiffen fabrics such as shirt collars and cuffs, while sizing is used to add body, “crispness” and “hand” to garments. Starch is vegetable-based (it’s formulated from wheat, corn or rice), while sizing is a resinous solution that can be either vegetable- or plastic-based.

    Because starch doesn’t satisfactorily adhere to thermoplastic fibers such as polyester, manufacturers often blend a plastic-based sizing agent and vegetable-based starch to impart stiffness to the synthetic fibers.


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    Niagara Starch is the only one that I found that doesn't flake. Best Press is nice but pricey if you have to pay shipping to get it.

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    I use Magic Sizing made by the Faultless Starch Co in Kansas City Missouri

    Thanks for the explanation Quilt Addict!


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    I like the magic sizing because it smells so great and makes the fabric fluff rather than stiffen up.

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    I think this was answered scientifically, and I was going to add about the bugs, so all your questions have been answered. Thanks girls, I never knew the real reason just that the bugs don't like it.

    Rita

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