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Thread: Starch before cutting?

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I often work with strips that are less than 1 inch many are 3/4 inch. Heavy starch is my best way of dealing with cutting and sewing these skinny strips and maintaining accruacy. I buy the concentrate and use it full strenght prior to cutting when working with the really small diminesions. Do use the sand paper dots as mentioned in a earlier post to keep the ruler from sliding/slipping.
    Just one note : when heavily starching fabrics let the starch completly saturate into the fabric... and if at all possible for the best results let the starch dry prior to ironing. I starch and the press and cut the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cattyqwltr
    I have started using that Best Press - it's unwrinkles fabric and gives it a little stiffness without the messiness of starch
    :thumbup: I prefer Best Press over spray starch or sizing for all my pressing, including my clothes. I water mine down 1 part water to 3 parts Best Press. I get the same results and it lasts longer. Worth the price. I get the big bottles at Hancocks when they have a coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM
    Starch or sizing would probably help, although most of the time I am too lazy to do that.
    This is me to a "T"!!

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    I use starch, but it makes my iron so dirty quick. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Measure from the other side of the fabric strip, leaving " sticking out free. Line up the fabric on the 1⅛" line on your ruler and draw your seam line along the edge. The weight of your hand will keep everything from slipping.

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    I always starch my fabric before I cut it, it sure helps me out alot.

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    Sta-Flo and I are good friends. I think I'd try the Best Press if it weren't so pricey. IMHO, starching fabric has improved my quiltmaking 100%!

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    If your trouble is fabric shifting when you are trying to mark it then try another surface to work on--something not slick. Another idea is when cutting the strips, be sure not to cut with the 'stretchy' way of the fabric. Test the goods by pulling each way.

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    Get the Easy Angler 2 to put on your machine and you have perfect 1/4 inch seams and won't have to mark them on your fabric any more.

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    Starching before cutting will definately help, also laying the fabric on sand paper will help to hold it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Today I was marking seam allowances on strips for strip sets. I mark the seam allowances because I don't have a quilter foot for my machine and never got accurate seams when I marked 1/4" on my machine. I seemed to have a bit of trouble today marking them. Sorry if I don't make sense on this... I'd lay the strip down on the table, lay the ruler down, and kept having trouble getting the edge of the strip to line with the 1/4" mark on my ruler. Kept having to shift the fabric underneath the ruler to line up that edge to the mark on the ruler. Guess not a huge deal, but probably could have gotten them done quicker if I didn't need to line the edge up. Checked the width my strips and went to see if they were wonky---nothing wrong there. They are thinner strips (1 3/8" wide) and I wonder if because they're so thin they're shifting around more than...say a thicker 2 1/2" strip.

    Still have more thin strips to cut out. Would using starch before cutting help with these thinner strips lay straight when I need to mark them and keep them from shifting and stretching?

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