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    Super Member quilts4charity's Avatar
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    I mix 1/2 sta-flo starch and water in a spray bottle and use that to starch my fabric, never had a problem and it works great, if I want it really stiff I spray and press again.

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    If I am starching yardage, I mix a solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water, "paint" this on the fabric using a large wall painting brush (fast) until the fabric is saturated, toss the fabric in the dryer, and then iron with steam. Steam will re-activate the starch just enough. I do think it's a good idea to let the fabric rest awhile before tossing in the dryer, as it can take some time for the starch to penetrate all the fibers -- especially if the fabric is not prewashed. I do not prewash fabric, and the finishes on the fabric from the manufacturer can slow down absorption of the starch.

    For spray starch, I usually spray the right side of the fabric, try to wait for the starch to absorb (I am impatient, so this step is hard for me), and then iron with steam from the wrong side. Too hot of an iron on unabsorbed starch will scorch the starch. The scorch will wash out, but it's discombobulating to see!

    Sizing provides so little additional stiffness and stabilization that I generally don't bother to use it.

    In case you are wondering, starch is an organic product (usually made from corn starch, but can be other vegetable starches) while sizing is a man-made chemical product.

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    I used to use starch, but no more. I don't like sizing with quilting.

    I now want to save time and don't have space in the refrig, so I use Best Press. I love it as all I have to do is lightly spray and then press. POne of the groups I belong to orders the gallons in large quantities when enough of us want it and we share the discount.

    Remember PRESS is where you just lay down the iron without any, or very little, motion to the iron. IRONING can distort the fabric as you are moving the iron over the fabric.

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    I don't use anything. After prewashing all the chemicals out of my fabrics, I don't add any more back in. I know I'm in the minority, but I much prefer to work with the fabric in it's natural state , not force it into sunmission. My pieces do not stretch, warp or buckle; my blocks stay flat; and my quilts stay square...all without spraying something all over the fabric surface. It works for me and I'm sticking with it.
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    I shake the can of spray starch like my life depends on it. I spray and PRESS. Do not move the iron, just press. It is my life saver. I am currently at the stage where I want to bang my head against something hard with this Bargello that I am working on. If it was not for the spray starch this quilt top would have been history.

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    I only use it if the pieces I'm working with a very small. I always lightly spritz the fabric with water then press to see how stiff the fabric might be on it's own. Seems different manufacturers put different amounts of sizing in their fabrics during production anyway. If it's not stiff enough after a quick press with the water, then I lightly spray will starch, giving the fabric a few seconds to dry a bit before pressing, so as not to take a chance on scorching-especially with the lighter colored fabrics. When I do use starch, I spray the back side of the fabric, never the front. I don't use a special starch, so sometimes there is a very slight amount of residue that I want to avoid having on the right side of the fabric.
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    I buy sizing at Walmart, get a large can for 96 cents.

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    Thank you for all the replies.

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