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Thread: starching - steam or dry?

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    Senior Member carol45's Avatar
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    Do you use a dry iron or a steam iron after you starch? Do you wait until the fabric dries after you starch or can you iron right away?

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    I give it time to soak in the iron with dry iron

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    I use a dry iron set at the hottest temp . But will watch to see what others say :thumbup:

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    I use a dry iron & let the fabric dry after spraying it with starch!!

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    Glad to have this thread posted. I was wondering the same thing. Now I know to use DRY iron. THANKS!

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    I let the starch completely dry, (but remember I starch heavily) and then I use steam to press the yardage.

    If the fabric is cut and I am working with blocks, I press without steam.

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    I do a very light starching (I donít get my fabric to the cardboard stage, just enough to get seams crisp and wrinkles out) and I let the starch sit for about 10 seconds after spraying, then I hit it with a dry iron on the cotton setting. I make sure the starch is completely dry after I iron it though. I donít use a steam iron for anything when quilting.

    Rachel

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    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:

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    I don't use steam with quilting because it tends to stretch the fabric sometimes. So I dry iron while teh starch is wet. Just like steam ironing only I press, not iron. Learn something new in class. press,press, don't iron. Sounds like a good oxymoran to me.

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    I spray with starch then let the starch soak into the fabric. I use a dry iron on the fabric while it is still damp. This creates its own steam.

    Sometimes I use steam if that is where the iron is set at. At least until the water runs out.

    I try not to over think things like this. :)

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