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Thread: Best Spray Starch

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    Thanks for all the info on starching. I love this forum and have learned so much.

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    ladies i was talking about those of you who where looking for the top thats gose on soda pop bottles to spray clothes for ironing not spray starch vermont county stores sells them ,i have brought several because they are hard to find ,hope i help you looking for tops to place on bottles for spraying you fabrics to get them ready to iron the store has so many things to sell from the past

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    I'm wondering how in the world I quilted for EVER without knowing the benefits of starching!?! You can bet I'll be on the starch isle tomorrow! Just kidding...I really did learn about the benefits on the QB though. Thanks everyone. It does help.

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    I starch most everything. It is especially great when I am sewing small pieces, and HST's. Aside from accurate cutting and matching corners, starching allows you to effectively finger press seams when you are chain piecing. It saves lots of time.

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    I just discovered (well tried out) Mary Ellen's Best Press....I'll never go back!

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    Mary Ellen's comes in Lavender, It smells wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    A very kind and generous friend gave me a bottle of MaryEllen's. wonderful stuff. i just wish it wasn't so expensive. i can't find it anywhere for under $42 a gallon.

    so, i am sticking with the liquid starch i can get at the grocery store for less than $3 per gallon. i can mix my own strength, and spend the savings on more fabric. i do get flakes if i spray on too much at one time but they brush off and i move on.

    and the tip about spraying and pressing on the back of the fabric is right on target. it does make a big difference.
    Patrice, If you have signed up for the Joann's coupons on line, when they have their 50% off - you can order a gallon of MaryEllen's Bet Press, with shipping for under $26.00. While not cheap, you get what you pay for, and it does last........

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    wal-Mart carries the sizing under $1 its in a blue can, use it all the time love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I bought a bottle of Sta-Flo and that stuff is the bomb!!!! I put it in a squirt bottle mixing it 3/4 starch and 1/4 water and let me tell you once you squirt it on an let it dry then iron it I stood a 6" block on edge and that sucker didnt even want to fold over!!!!

    I am digging the Sta-Flo and just a touch over $2 for a quart bottle your getting your moneys worth!!

    Billy
    Billy:
    Not laughing at you... but with you. LOL
    Never used starch before... but I think when I do; I will use your invention for sure!
    Gesh, I didn't know you were suppose to let it dry!

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    My Mama always told me that if you starch anything (crochet, linens etc) and store it with the starch in it that it will cause the fabric to rot eventually. Anytime I store something that I will not be using regularly, I always try to make sure that it doesnot have starch in it.

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    I'm another one who just started using starch after reading this thread! I found the Sta-Flo at Walmart. I can practically shuffle my 4" blocks like playing cards! My military SIL says he used to use that for his uniforms. (new ones don't need ironing) I'm convinced! Thanks to you all.

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    My BGF and I buy Best Press direct from Mary Ellen's website, it is still a bit pricey, but we usually split the cost on a gallon at a time, and its not so bad. Lasts quite a while, and you can make it as stiff as you want by repeating the sprays with it.

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    I get mine at the dollar store. God bless. Penny

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    I still have a box of the powdered Faultless; I do the boiling and go by the directions as to how stiff I want my fabric to be and apply the tablespoons full accordingly. I hung my clothes out and then I take them off the line when they are just damp, right for ironing and put them in a plastic sack and start ironing. If I don't finish the group, I put them in the refrigerator to avoid molding.

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    I like the Sta-Flo concentrate too. Would like to find fabric sizing concentrate in a bottle too. Anyone know where I could find it?

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    I finally found Sta-Flo concentrate, at my local WalMart.

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    I just found a link and I lady posted the recipe to make your own starch

    http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/2010/02/starch.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by janecat
    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.
    I just ordered it from Joanne's for 21.00 plus shipping of 5.00. Thanks for the heads up - great price.

    Carole

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    Niagara now makes a spray starch with a fresh linen fragrance. I get mine at Wal-mart for about $1.59 instead of the $8.99 Mary Ellens Best Press. It works just as well for me and the price difference is a real plus too.

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    Magic Sizing has my vote. Sometimes starch is too much and I have heard about the bug thing with starch.

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    Mary Ellens Best Press or fabric sizing NOT starch.
    If you wnat it stiffer you just repeat the process....

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