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Thread: What to do with starched leftover fabric?

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    I've been wondering about this for some time and am finally getting around to asking. I starch my fabic right before pressing then throw any leftovers back in my stash, or the scrap bin. I have read about silverfish (I think that's the bug) being attracted to the starch. Rewashing seems like a pain, especially for small pieces, but I don't want bugs in my stash either. So what do those of you who starch do with your leftovers?

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    Oh my goodness. I do too.
    Where do the silverfish come from, are they eggs in the fabric? Can we add this to your question?: If you have the scraps in a sealed container can the silverfish get in?
    Excellent question.

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    I don't starch so it's not something I think about. But it is a little scary.

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    I don't worry about it, personally. I think the only time I would worry about it is if you have a problem with silverfish even before you use starch.

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    I agree, if you don't have them, it shouldn't be a problem. I have had starched fabric laying around for years and haven't seen any :D:D:D

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    I wash and press all my fabric using starch. Some have been here for to many years to count, and the same with FQ's, and leftover pieces.
    Don't have any silverfish, or whatever they are called.

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    Isn't it amazing how great minds think alike? I was wondering this last night as I debated about starching fabric before cutting out pieces. I remember reading that bugs are attracted to starch, and since I live in Texas, Home of the Giant Roach, I decided maybe I won't starch if I plan on having a lot left.

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    I have always put starched fabric back in my stash & never had a problem with any bugs. ( Thank Goodness!!)

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    I'll join the majority. I almost always starch and put the scraps in my scrap bag or back in the stash. I have done this for 5 years and don't have silverfish or roaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annette1952
    I have always put starched fabric back in my stash & never had a problem with any bugs. ( Thank Goodness!!)
    Ditto.

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