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Thread: Starching fabric?

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    Senior Member csharp's Avatar
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    I have read some discussion on using starch on fabric while making a quilt...since I'm new, I didn't see any of the beginnings of this discussion, so could you ladies tell me how and when you use it. I'm making a baby quilt and have washed all the fabric, now ready to press it before cutting. Should I use starch now, or after sewing blocks, then starch and press??? If there's a better way to do things than what I've done in the past, I'll jump at the chance.

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    If you go to the top of the screen click on search... type in starch you will pull up a list of all the starch conversations :wink: And you can read from start to finish :thumbup:

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    Now, when pressing down seams, before squaring up your blocks, before quilting, anytime you want to. Once it's done you can wash the starch out.

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    You'll get different responses -

    After getting them all - if you want, do some experimenting for yourself and see what works better for you.

    I ALWAYS wash the fabric before cutting it. Many don't.

    Some ALWAYS use starch. I only rarely use it.

    If you do a search on "starch" or "sizing" - you'll get a couple hours of reading.

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    If I'm going to use starch I use it when I'm ironing my fabric out for cutting.

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    I used to starch everytime I went to the ironing board and I must say, they were standing at attention when I got done. I do not use as much as I used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    If you go to the top of the screen click on search... type in starch you will pull up a list of all the starch conversations :wink: And you can read from start to finish :thumbup:
    Thank you, thank you, have been doing a lot of reading on the subject...hadn't seen the "search" at the top of the options, so now will use it for a lot of my questions.

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    I'm a new quilter, but my LQS introduced me to Best Press clear spray starch and I love it! It's very light and doesn't get that flaky white stuff. I tried some at a class and decided I liked it. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by csharp
    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    If you go to the top of the screen click on search... type in starch you will pull up a list of all the starch conversations :wink: And you can read from start to finish :thumbup:
    Thank you, thank you, have been doing a lot of reading on the subject...hadn't seen the "search" at the top of the options, so now will use it for a lot of my questions.
    What you will notice - there are a lot of opinions. Eventually you will figure out what works best for you.

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    I recently posted about making my own spray starch. All I use any more. PM me if you want the recipe or I can post it for all to see.

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