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Thread: Best Spray Starch

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    I use the Mary Ellen's Best Press. It works great and smells good too. I've only gotten mine at our LQS so I'm not sure
    where all you can get it. It is a bit more expensive but I think worth it. :thumbup:
    Ditto! Hancock also carries it. I get the unscented because the others gag me. (I have alergies)

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    I use Mary Ellen's also and I got mine at Hancocks.

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    I use Mary Ellen's too. It's great and yes, a bit pricy. The LQS here sells the large gallon jugs for $50.00 but I saw it on Amazon for $34.00.

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    I use stay flo - mix half and half or 1/4 to 3/4 starch. I have found the best way to use it! Spray the fabric until soaked, throw it in the dryer until dry (no flaking in dryer) then steam iron or use a little water spritz. Walla! Cardboard fabric! Ha.

    My cuts are much better and my piecing is much more accurate as my fabric "sticks" together.

    I also stack them like cards and shuffle. Not really LOL

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    You can usually get Mary Ellen's best press at Hancock's for $4.99, far below other retail. Or you can purchase the gallon from JoAnns online when they have a 50% off coupon for really cheap. I buy the gallon and fill my small spray bottles. I keep on in the sewing room, one in the laundry room and one at the ranch house......As far as the use of it, it makes piecing so much easier, the pieces seem to stay together while sewing and it helps stabilize bias edges when sewing triangles, diamonds and applique.
    Diana in Tx

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    A friend had some of her 30's fabric change color when starched and she uses great quality material. Test first.

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    I have been looking for liquid starch and can only find canned. Where do you buy liquid starch to mix for yourself?

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    Most grocery stores carry it on the same isle as the laundry detergent.....
    D in TX

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    At my quilt class yesterday our teacher said to never use spray starch...but it was her preference. She said use the cheap sizing from the dollar store. So I went to the dollar store yesterday, and they only had spray starch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol's Quilts
    A lot of women would refrigerate anything that was starched and dampened before ironing if she thought she may not be able to get to the ironing before a certain length of time went by.

    This is probably more than you ever wanted or needed to know about starching/dampening, but there you go. You probably also know how OLD I am!
    Well, Carol, I remember it! :D My mom used to take in ironing from the family that gave me a ride across town to school every day as a way to pay them back. She used to dampen OUR clothes, ball them up, and store them in the freezer until she had time to get to them. Three kids in Catholic schools = 15 shirts a week, so there was always lots to do!

    As for starch, I use the Niagara spray starch in a bottle -- cheap, works well, and you get to use the bottles over again. Starching fabric just makes it so much easier to work with. :thumbup:

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    Bellaboo: could you be convinced to part with the sprinkler top that fits in a soda bottle? I grew up using one to sprinkle clothes. I have been unable to find one to purchase. I would be willing to pay a reasonable price for it.

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    I like Mary Ellen's Best Press, too. I use the unscented.

    Right now, Joann's website has the gallon jugs of Best Press on sale for $29.39. It has every scent of Best Press on sale including the unscented.

    Right now, there is also a coupon code you can use for free shipping. It's PIA160. However, the free shipping is only for orders over $35.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    I use the Mary Ellen's Best Press. It works great and smells good too. I've only gotten mine at our LQS so I'm not sure
    where all you can get it. It is a bit more expensive but I think worth it. :thumbup:
    Amen, I use it too and love it. Worth the extra.

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    ladies you could find it in vermont county store .com they have a website and have some great suff from the past ,i brougt me some of those spinkle top for my ironing

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    Mary Ellen's Best will not yellow your material.

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    awesome comments on this thread, thanks

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    The reason for puting starched and sprinkled materal in the fridge was to keep it from meldew ,leaving sprinkled materal out where it's room temp. will cause meldew

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    Hi, I just checked out Joanns for the Mary Ellens Best Press and It's on sale for $29 a gallon. Anne

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    Ive just bought the Dollar Store stuff!

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    I also use Mary Ellen's best press. I love it. I am considering making my own and using Lavender essential oil for fragrance but I want to try it on something other than the projects I am currently working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I like the new Niagara spray bottle starch, not the can spray. I have the Best Press and it's very nice but I have to order it online and I won't pay that much for starch to be mailed to me. I found a box of powdered starch but I haven't used it yet. I remember my mother using the powdered starch and boiling it until it was thick and then dipping clothes in it before hanging them out to dry. Then the next day she ironed all the starched clothes. Some she sprinkled with water and put in the refrigerator before she ironed them. I have no idea why that was done. I know the clothes were sprinkled with water while ironing. I have her sprinkle top! She used it with a RC Cola bottle.
    I can tell you why. keeps it from drying out until she can get to it. My mother put them in large bags all springled and rolled up in the chest freezer. Can't get them all done in one day, tomarrow is another day. Theresse

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    I'm a Sta Flo gal, too! I mix 1/2 water and 1/2 sta flow...put it in a squirt bottle and spray it on. I let it ALMOST dry and then iron...cuts down on any flaking. Love it, use it all the time, but now my grocery store isn't carrying it. I'm on the look out!

    Julie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antoinette
    I was told at a quilt class to use magic sizing because
    there is something in regular starch that attracts bugs.
    I use Magic sizing too. It works very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabcoke
    I am still a newbie - but what is the benefit of using starch? Easier to work with? Sew better? I have never used it quilting. Appreciate the info.
    It is especially nice to starch or size the fabric when you are appliqueing. Plus, when you finish a block and starch or size it, it looks so nice and fresh.

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    whats your recipe for starch?

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