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Thread: Starch - Help...Please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady Stiching View Post
    Sharon Shamber suggests in one of her videos to spray the back of the fabric and lay that side down against the ironing board and then press the top side, she says this forces the starch into the fabric. I think she's right because it seems when i try and iron the starched side up i get more flaking.
    I agree. I've been spraying the whole piece (usually a yard or more as it's draped over my ironing board), then bringing the bottom up to the top, and flattening with my hands just to get the starch absorbed into the fabric. Then I unfold it, flip it over, and press till dry. I get nice results this way.

    Before, I was spraying, and immediately pressing the same side, which caused a LOT of flaking (wasted starch not absorbed into the fabric), and the results weren't as good.

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    I dampen the fabric with my homemade starch and then press it....If I want a stiffer feel I just make my starch stiffer..It works for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vat View Post
    I use Sta-Flo starch, you can get it in 1/2 gallons at Walmart. Bring it home and pour into a gallon container and fill with water. Dampen your fabric with water then spray solid with the starch. I like to put mine in the frig over night or all then iron until DRY ! ! ! All of this is before you cut any pieces. You will have less dust (fuzz), less raveling, better matched seams , etc., etc. A much better quilt top, that is my opinion. You cannot do this after pieces are cut because the starch will disstort the pieces.
    After being 'scared straight' by this forum I recently washed and ironed all my batiks, and then bought liquid starch to use on other fabrics. I just couldn't remember how to use it... Your way sounds great, but doesn't the starch clog the bottle/nozzle when it dries?

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    i use niagra spray starch...cheap at grocery store
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    Quote Originally Posted by topper1 View Post
    i use niagra spray starch...cheap at grocery store
    I find that aerosols also spray on the floor around the ironing board. Not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    I read this before. So I starched my backing for a quilt and put it in the freezer. I found it about 2 weeks later and wondered what this frozen thing was. How long should it stay in the fridge?
    Oh man this is so funny. Thanks for the laugh. This sounds like something I would do.

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