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Thread: Using starch in quilting

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    Is there a tutorial on using starch in making your quilt? I could not find it, but noticed people talking about it.

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    I don't think there's a tutorial but there are lots of threads about starch.
    Some use StaFlo, some use Mary Ellen's Best Press and some use
    cornstarch. You can do a search for starch and you will find all kinds of
    information. If you need more help, don't hesitate. :)

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    Thanks, I will.

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    I use to use starch, not anymore, I don't see the need for it.

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    Thanks for the information.

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    Hi Nancy,

    I like to starch the fabric before I cut it - I spray the starch on the back, let it soak in for a minute or two, then press.

    I find the starched fabric behaves better when cutting, whein sewing and definitely helps keep me from stretching the pieces when pressing after sewing them together.

    Especially with half-square triangles, tube quilting, etc where you've got bias edges.

    You don't have to get fancy - the spray starch you find in the laundry area of the grocery store works just fine - but there are some brands that the lqs sell - it does work well, and is lightly frangranced too (you may or may not want that). Or do a search on the board for recipes to make your own.

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    Leah Day, at www.daystyledesigns.com, has a you tube type of video that shows just how to do it so it's done thoroughly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SittingPretty
    Leah Day, at www.daystyledesigns.com, has a you tube type of video that shows just how to do it so it's done thoroughly.
    Leah suggests starching the front, pressing the back - I find that spraying the back, pressing the front - if the starch is going to flake, it's not going to be on the front. Personal preference :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaM
    Quote Originally Posted by SittingPretty
    Leah Day, at www.daystyledesigns.com, has a you tube type of video that shows just how to do it so it's done thoroughly.
    Leah suggests starching the front, pressing the back - I find that spraying the back, pressing the front - if the starch is going to flake, it's not going to be on the front. Personal preference :)
    I hadn't thought of that...thanks i will do it that way from now on

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    I just soak my fabric and the let it dry completely and then iron the snot out of it so that it will be stiff as a board, fold and on all the folds I iron them flat as can be. this way when I go to cut it I have four layers I am cutting threw. But this is just me. and it is probably being done wrong, but it works for me. you should try a few different ways of using starch and find the one you like best.

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