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Thread: Starching little pieces; slick trick

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    It is annoying to keep the pieces from sticking to the iron. I'll use this tip a lot. My mother used old bread wrappers to have her iron glide over clothes. They use to be coated in wax. Just iron the wax paper. The wax isn't a problem on the iron or fabric. And the cereal box bags were very thick wax paper. We saved the cereal bags to make the playground slide slick and we would zip down it fast as lightening! My kids thought wax paper was for slides. LOL. I need to slide again for fun, if there is big slide left in the playgrounds today.
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    As I understand it-when the wax is heated it evaporates into water vapor, CO2 and CO, much like when a candle burns. PS--I did a google search.
    Like the parchment idea though, QE

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I'm puzzled too ... as I am thinking a wax residue is building up on your iron ... and fabric.
    And I'm wondering what potential problems that may create in the long run.



    I have been using parchment as a pressing cloth at times.
    No residue ... just acts as a shield between the iron and fabric.

    For starch ... I've switched to Best Press ... you can get it nice and stiff, and I am finding it is not causing the scorching and residue I was getting from spray starch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    As I understand it-when the wax is heated it evaporates into water vapor, CO2 and CO, much like when a candle burns. PS--I did a google search.
    Like the parchment idea though, QE

    And here I thought you were a science major!!!
    Thanks! ....... though now you'll have some fearing CO poisoning!

    One thing I like about the parchment ... it stays solid and doesn't disintegrate as I work with it.
    And if you fear your iron is a little dirty ... it keeps the fabric clean
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    I used to watch my mother and grandmother run their irons over waxed paper every time they began a project, or just to do normal ironing. It works well, cleans the stainless steel iron surface easily and effectively! I have never had any issues with using waxed paper on my own iron, and in fact, run for it every time I have a sticky iron. If you put it down first, then put your fabric on top of it, the starch won't build up on your ironing board cover either.
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    I got a great tip from a poster here, iron two pieces of parchment paper together and you have a great pressing sheet. I liked it so much I made one for each quilt goody bag my guild gives to new members.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Cool ...

    Two questions.

    1) in essence you are "wax coating" the fabric as opposed to "starching" the fabric. correct?

    2) you use wax paper to clean your iron? I've not heard of this before. how does it work?
    No, this wax paper has been used to run my iron over so there is very little wax left on (after using a few times it is almost like translucent parchment paper. I am using it underneath my pieces to spray on and then use the other used piece on top which sandwiches the little devils in between thus preventing them from sticking to the iron or moving all over the place.

    I guess "cleaning" the iron was not the right description, I have found running the iron (clean) over wax paper occasionally will make it glide over the fabric nicely. I think I was taught this in 4-H many many years ago.

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    NOW you tell us! Really, thanks for sharing. I wonder if freezer paper would work as well? I'll try it and see!
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    Thanks for the good tips! I'm going to try them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    It is annoying to keep the pieces from sticking to the iron. I'll use this tip a lot. My mother used old bread wrappers to have her iron glide over clothes. They use to be coated in wax. Just iron the wax paper. The wax isn't a problem on the iron or fabric. And the cereal box bags were very thick wax paper. We saved the cereal bags to make the playground slide slick and we would zip down it fast as lightening! My kids thought wax paper was for slides. LOL. I need to slide again for fun, if there is big slide left in the playgrounds today.
    i remember my mom saving bread wrappers,too! If you needed to grease a pan you grabbed a bread wrapper.
    also remember getting in trouble at school for going down the slide with a bread wrapper underneath me! "it makes the slide too fast" Solved that problem by walking to the schoolyard on the weekend and slicking up the slide for the week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by antylu View Post
    No, this wax paper has been used to run my iron over so there is very little wax left on (after using a few times it is almost like translucent parchment paper. I am using it underneath my pieces to spray on and then use the other used piece on top which sandwiches the little devils in between thus preventing them from sticking to the iron or moving all over the place.

    I guess "cleaning" the iron was not the right description, I have found running the iron (clean) over wax paper occasionally will make it glide over the fabric nicely. I think I was taught this in 4-H many many years ago.
    A ha! another 4-H er in the midst. Maybe where I first heard it, too. I just didn't keep doing it!
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