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Thread: Starch

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    Do any of you starch before you start a project - and how stiff do you make your fabric. Also, I have been looking for the liquid starch in a gallon container - usually its blue but cannot find it here in the Ozarks. Do they still make it? There was an article about making your own liquid starch with corn starch. I tried it - nope, didn't work.......any suggestions? Thanks

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    I don't general starch any of my fabrics unless they are really flimsy. I like to use Magic Spray as it isn't quite as stiff as starch. I think this is a personal preference and has lots to do with what type of piecing you are doing.
    The WM and Dollar Stores near me sell blue starch, but not by the gallon.

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    Wal Mart has gallon sized Sta Flo. I really like it to help keep the backing fabric stiff when I do FMQ. Sometimes I use it when I piece. I like to mix my own strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    Do any of you starch before you start a project - and how stiff do you make your fabric. Also, I have been looking for the liquid starch in a gallon container - usually its blue but cannot find it here in the Ozarks. Do they still make it? There was an article about making your own liquid starch with corn starch. I tried it - nope, didn't work.......any suggestions? Thanks
    Last I knew Wal-Mart carried it. My last bottle I bought was over a year ago and I use it all the time! It is in the laundry isle usually on the top shelf just above the magic sizing.

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    I starch everything. I cut better and sew better when the fabric is about stiff enough to stand up! Seriously, I starch pretty stiff. It helps me. Our Wal-Mart has Sta-Flo in the big jugs near the laundry products.

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    I use starch most of the time. So far I have only used the spray starch or sizing, but I did buy a big jug and intend to try that soon.

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    Just last week I picked up a jug at Walmart, haven't used it yet. It was under $3, and looks like it'll go a long way.

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    It's a quart size blue bottle of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch that I keep on hand. It is still made and sold. Try going to customer service and requesting your local store to carry it.

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    I starch the crap out of my fabric. It makes it easier to cut and holds the fabric together as well as it makes it so much easier for FMQ. Also, I use kids washable markers for marking my quilt tops and I never have had any problem with marks coming out after washing. I think it's because I'm marking on the starch and not the fabric :D

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    I don't like the feel of starch, but I do use spray sizing on some projects, particularly Mariner's compasses.

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