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Thread: Starch ??

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    Member melhuff's Avatar
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    Hi Guys,
    I just read the post on how alot of you iron and starch. Soooo...would this be spray starch?? Any brand better than another??
    You guys are the greatest!
    Melinda

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    I spray but I know some folks on here actually paint it on with a brush. I've not worked my nerve up for that one yet.

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    I use Sta-Flow liquid starch. I like this better than the pre-mixed sprays because I can make it as weak or as strong as I want. I put it in a spray bottle. You can get both of these items at WalMart. I use a heavy mix when I'm working with bias edges.

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    I use Mary Ellen's Best Press and I buy it by the gallon. It's worth it.

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    I tried the Best Press for awhile. But what I found was that it ended up distorting my fabric, since I don't prewash. So the fabric was shrinking in certain areas and just not making me happy. I iron with steam, and haven't had any issues with shrinking/stretching/etc (as long as I'm not ironing, but pressing :lol: )

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    I only starch my pieces if I am going to embroider on them. Other than that I don't bother with it and I don't have a problem.

    Sybil

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    I use a half and half ratio of Sta-Flo mix only what I will use that day. Put it in a spray bottle and spray the heck out of the fabric on the right side, fold it up and let it sit for a while , than I press on the back side so not to get to much starch on my iron. I also put beach towels under my ironing board to catch the overspray. When I'm finished my bindings can stand up is I shape into a S. This has made a huge difference in my bindings with control. Also with piecing for me it helps to keep everything a lot more sturdy. I also wash everything so I have to put something back in to replace what I lost in washing.

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    I love Mary Ellen's Best Press too, the Caribbean Breeze scent is my favorite!

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    I just found that Niagara makes a spray bottle starch with Fresh Linen scent. I got mine at Target. It is just as good as Mary Ellens and about 1/2 the cost.

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    Thanks for the Niagra info. Bought some today and love it. I've been using Sta-flo and mix it pretty thick, but I don't like the smell. I love the Niagra smell, this will be great for my clothes should make the closet smell fresh. Just hope it makes my fabric as crisp as I like it. If not maybe if I find the sta-flo I can mix them.

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