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Thread: Best Press

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    This past weekend I bought Best Press at Hancock Fabrics as it was on "special" for $5.99. I had never used it before so I thought I'd give it a try. I must be doing something wrong because it didn't give any stiffness to the pieces I pressed with the iron. Or do you think that maybe I got a "dud" bottle?

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    i think 'best-press' is more of a sizing, which helps remove wrinkles, without adding stiffness;
    if you want stiff/crispness added to your fabrics try some real 'starch' available in the grocery store laundry isle...for alot less than the $$ you spent in the lqs.

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    OHHH! I am new to quilting (and pressing/ironing for that matter), so I thought it being a starch alternative that it would give me that crisp stiffness I was looking for. Am not happy I spent the $$ for the Best Press when I probably could have spent a buck and bought spray starch to do the trick. Live & learn huh? :)

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    I love best press, and it does stiffen what i have used on. not a heavy stiff but a desirable stiffness. in face i even sent some to my quilting friend.
    Sandra

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    I love it- when you iron dark fabrics, it doesn't leave the starchy flakes. Right now I'm out of it and have to get some more.
    Cheryl

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    I love Best Press as well. It isn't stiff, but still keeps your fabric wrinkle free. Plus you don't get the white flakes on your fabric. It's really good to use if you are storing your fabric for a while. My husband uses it every day on his cotton button-down collar shirts.

    But if you really do not care for it, return it to the store (you need your receipt) and get their Niagra starch that comes in an non-aersol bottle. That will give you the look you want and also has a nice scent (believe they have unscented too). It's much cheaper than the Best Press too. (Can you tell I work there?!)

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    if you use enough of it, Best Press will stiffen your fabs.

    considering the price tag, though, i save it for finished projects only.

    i use the cheap stuff when i want to "boardify" my fabs. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    if you use enough of it, Best Press will stiffen your fabs.

    considering the price tag, though, i save it for finished projects only.

    i use the cheap stuff when i want to "boardify" my fabs. :lol:
    Like the word "boardify"!!!! Could I use that in Scrabble?

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    I love Best Press especially to get out the fold line down the center of fabric. It works great for that.

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    I use Best Press to get stubborn wrinkles out but for stiffness, I use Faultless spray starch I get from Wal-Mart. They now have Faultless that has a lavender scent just like my favorite Best Press!

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    I just bought it too! I am liking it. I hate prewashing but have to for the Embroidery machine. This stuff brings the fabric back to that slick prewashed flatness. I am really liking it, no residue, no white haze. just flat, slick fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlsfour
    Like the word "boardify"!!!! Could I use that in Scrabble?
    i wouldn't recommend it. :lol:

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    I love Best Press....I use it alot when sewing, and even though it doesn't act as a starch, it does give a nice, soft crispness to the fabric...It works great on dark clothing, like black slacks...absolutely no residue whatsoever, which is the main reason I purchased it....

    San
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    Best Press is a starch alternative. It doesn't get stiff, it is supposed to give it "body". It does a great job of removing wrinkles and especially the crease where the fabric is folded on the bolt. And if you need a crease it is great for putting it in.
    Quote Originally Posted by heartbuilt
    This past weekend I bought Best Press at Hancock Fabrics as it was on "special" for $5.99. I had never used it before so I thought I'd give it a try. I must be doing something wrong because it didn't give any stiffness to the pieces I pressed with the iron. Or do you think that maybe I got a "dud" bottle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartbuilt
    This past weekend I bought Best Press at Hancock Fabrics as it was on "special" for $5.99. I had never used it before so I thought I'd give it a try. I must be doing something wrong because it didn't give any stiffness to the pieces I pressed with the iron. Or do you think that maybe I got a "dud" bottle?
    I love it. I always use it when I iron my seams open on my quilting pieces. It does add just a bit of firmness to the fabric. I always use it now.

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    I love this stuff! I just bought some and am so glad I have it. My other starch that I got from W/M doesn't even compare to this.. LOVE IT!

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    I use Best Press and love it because it isn't as stiff as starch. The scent is very light and doesn't trigger my allergies. It doesn't turn color or scorch. If needed can be put on thickly.

    ali

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    I love Best Press too. I buy it in the gallon jugs. Much better than starch imo.

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