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What kind of starch do you use?

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by , 05-06-2013 at 05:23 AM (519 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by Sassy08 View Post
I'm a brand new quilter. I read the QB every day and I'm learning so much from all of you who are willing to share from your experience. I've been reading over and over about starching. Do you use spray starch or liquid and what brand(s) do you recommend? Also, am I understanding correctly that it's a good idea to starch all fabric before cutting it as well as starch the backing before basting?
Thanks so much!

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  1. bookworm12's Avatar
    I don't starch fabric before cutting it. There is a sizing chemical on it when you buy it that makes it a little stiff. Some people wash their fabric before cutting but I figure these days, good fabric doesn't shrink and is mostly dyefast so I don't prewash. When the quilt is done and I wash it the first time, I put "Color Catcher" sheets (in fabric stores) in with the wash and any free dye is "caught" on the sheets.
    I use starch to turn under edges on applique pieces so they stay put. I also cut out applique pieces with pinking shears so you don't have to cut and grade curves on them with scissors. I've been using that new "Best" starch you get in all the fabric stores now. It is scented and seems to work well, if a little pricey.
  2. osharono's Avatar
    I use homemade starch made from vodka (potato starch) essential oil (I like lavender) and distilled water. Would you like the recipe?

    The quilt I am making now "Rock-a-bye Matey" (naughtical) could be called "Drunken Sailor" if it was adult sized, couldn't it?

    I use fabrics who's history is questionable (upcycled or repurposed or vintage) - so I prewash.
  3. Sassy08's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by osharono
    I use homemade starch made from vodka (potato starch) essential oil (I like lavender) and distilled water. Would you like the recipe?

    The quilt I am making now "Rock-a-bye Matey" (naughtical) could be called "Drunken Sailor" if it was adult sized, couldn't it?

    I use fabrics who's history is questionable (upcycled or repurposed or vintage) - so I prewash.
    Yes, please. I'd love to have the recipe! Thank you!

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