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Thread: Starching little pieces; slick trick

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    A ha! another 4-H er in the midst. Maybe where I first heard it, too. I just didn't keep doing it!
    Did you sew the tea towel and apron? Those were the days. I have a niece in Upper Michigan who works for extension there and they still have very active 4-H! Wish more young people today would embrace those great programs.

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    I sewed the apron with a flexible plastic semicircle that was threaded through a casing. My GC are beginning 4-H right now. 9 yo GD was here this morning and we worked on her horse wall hanging; all cut out and ready to sew. Then she had to go home. 8 yo GD made a music bag for her piano books under her mother's guidance.

    Here's what 9 yo and I did this summer--

    Gram's joy; teaching a GD to sew
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    Always looking for ways to make things easier, neater and faster...I will remember this one...thanks!
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    Thanks for the tip. Sounds like a good thing.
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    We used waxed paper to clean all our irons all my life . It also makes the iron slicker to move. It works.

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    QUESTION: any pro or con advice on irons with shiny steel ironing surface versus non-stick ??

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    Wax paper also works great for lubricating light bulbs, makes them easier to twist into the lamp. I've always liked to use parchment for ironing.

    Also - I believe the only major difference between Best Press and regular spray starch is that Best Press has surfactants that help it absorb into the fabric faster. It still contains starch. I use non-aerosol Niagra spray starch and have found that if I simply let it soak into the fabric for a minute or two, I don't get any scorching or flakes.
    Last edited by Peckish; 10-28-2012 at 09:32 PM.

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    Keep in mind that bugs like starch. If you are not going to finish your quilt right away and it is going to be stored for a while, you should think twice about leaving starch in your fabrics. I prefer to use sizing instead.

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