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Thread: starching - steam or dry?

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    Super Member virtualbernie's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    I didn't know there was a proper way and have only done steam pressing right after spraying the starch. I'm using that new Best Press stuff. Seems to be working fine with this method, but now I'm wondering if I should be doing it another way. :oops:
    I do it this way also and haven't had a problem. I say whatever works for you is the right way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I let the starch completely dry, (but remember I starch heavily) and then I use steam to press the yardage.
    Same here. I gave up on spray starching because I'm always too impatient and keep the iron too hot, so it always scorches on me. I starch heavily, then toss fabric in the dryer to dry, then press with steam. It never scorches this way, plus I don't have overspray problems (because I brush a liquid starch solution on the fabric).

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    I use a dry iron. Don't know if it really matters

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    steam

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    I use a dry iron too and I let the starch soak in for a moment. I saw a Sharon Schamber video where in some techniques she really starches a lot, a light spray on one side, then the other, then both sides again.

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    I let the fabric absorb the starch for at least 30 mins then use a dry iron.
    By the way, I use homemade starch which is more economical although
    Best Press sounds like a good option when I'm in a rush. :-D
    If I run out of time I put the fabric in ziplocs (separate dark and light just
    in case) and put them in the fridge until I'm ready. If the fabric is too wet I
    lay some towels on the table (put some plastic tablecloth underneath to
    protect the table) and I blot the excess starch then press. I find the fabric
    has to be slightly damp, not wet, otherwise it will stick to the iron and make
    a mess. I've also pressed between cloths to absorb most of the moisture
    then press until dry.

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    I use a dry iron, let the startch set in, and press from the back. Any flakes would not be on the fromt, and I can better control where the seams go when there are lots coming together.

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