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Thread: Company Response re: Alternatives to Starch Products

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    Company Response re: Alternatives to Starch Products

    There were several discussions in the past several weeks regarding Mary Ellen Best Press and starch. One of the issues was the cost of the Best Press. I posted that I preferred not to use starch because I had read that stored starched fabric could attract silverfish. Yuck!!

    Well, I went to Walmart a few weeks ago and picked up Magic Sizing Light Body. I noticed on the ingredients list on the internet that it contained cellulose which I believed to be plant material. So I contacted the company that makes the product. I thought I would share their response. This product might be a good and more cost-effective solution to Best Press in cases where you want to avoid starch.
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    Dear Ms. ___,

    Thank you for your recent email regarding your interest in our Magic Sizing fabric finish. We always appreciate consumer correspondence.

    Some of our ironing aids DO contain natural corn starch and (when use on items stored over long periods) are more likely to attract insects and rodents. These products all contain natural corn starch: Faultless Regular Spray Starch, Faultless Heavy Spray Starch, Heavy Lemon, Magic Starch, and Faultless Sizing.

    The Magic Sizing contains a synthetic film forming ingredient called CMC: Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose. This compound is derived from plant material, but the end product does not really physically or chemically resemble the original cellulose. Some critters can derive nutrition from almost ANYthing, but ironing aids without natural corn starch are less likely to attract pests. These ironing aids do NOT contain natural corn starch: Magic Sizing Light Body, Magic Sizing Extra Crisp, Magic and Faultless Premium Starches, and Faultless MAXX Starch.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to email us. Should you have any other questions, we are always happy to help.

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    Thank you for the information.
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    Really good to know, thanks
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    Good to know -- thanks for sharing.
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    Interesting as I just killed a silverfish on the floor yesterday.

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    Interesting. Now, I have a question. Once fabric is starched how long are you letting it set before using? I pretty much starch just before cutting and sewing. Once quilt is finished, I wash it. Doesn't that wash the starch out? I never starch and then store my fabric. I have not had any problems(yet).
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    the time between sewing a quilt top and actually making the top into a quilt can be years. so those who use starch as many quilters do are more likely to experience the insects. i am sure those starched tops are stored somewhere waiting on the day when its their turn to be a quilt. sometimes they may not even see the insects to know they could possibly have them.

    Quote Originally Posted by patimint View Post
    Interesting. Now, I have a question. Once fabric is starched how long are you letting it set before using? I pretty much starch just before cutting and sewing. Once quilt is finished, I wash it. Doesn't that wash the starch out? I never starch and then store my fabric. I have not had any problems(yet).

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    hmmmm....how interesting! Thanks for sharing!
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    Great information. Thanks!
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    I use the sizing because of the insect issue. I like to wash, starch and iron my fabric before storing.

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    Thanks for the info.
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    Well I really like magic sizing, had no problems and now I know why
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Would you believe I have every brand listed? LOL I sure do. I like options.
    That's so funny! I was about to post that I had every brand listed too. Guess I'm in good company!
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    Thanks for sharing this is good information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyBee View Post
    I use the sizing because of the insect issue. I like to wash, starch and iron my fabric before storing.
    Same here!
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    We have such low humidity that bugs are not a problem here.
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    Me too!
    And I like the price vs Mary Ellen Best Press.
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    Well I really like magic sizing, had no problems and now I know why

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    I wash fabric when bringing it into my house....then press, with starch only if ready to cut..... Finished quilt tops not being quilted are stored in plastic bags.....I refuse to give bugs any access to my fabrics if I can help it.

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    My grandmother told me many many years ago to never store anything that had starch in it, as it would cause the item rot. I know that starched doilies do rot when stored over time, so I would assume starched cotton fabric would as well. Anyway, I don't plan to store anything with starch in it for fear of rot (as well as insect infiltration).

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    Thanks! I appreciate the sharing!!!!
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    Thanks for posting the company e-mail. I would love to use Best Press but it's cost prohibitive. I'm taking a class where it is strongly suggested Best Press be used. I use it on the class project but use Niagra starch when needed and the work up the fabric so it doesn't have a chance to get buggy. Living in a dry climate may help. Never too old to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patimint View Post
    Interesting. Now, I have a question. Once fabric is starched how long are you letting it set before using? I pretty much starch just before cutting and sewing. Once quilt is finished, I wash it. Doesn't that wash the starch out? I never starch and then store my fabric. I have not had any problems(yet).
    exactly! why starch it if you are just letting it SIT....I don't even starch my linens until I am ready to use them any more!
    BUT it is good to know that the product I use the most is STARCH free!

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    I have always used Magic Sizing. I like it for my quilts for sure, but I like it for regular ironing, too. I like to wear cotton blouses and the Magic Sizing makes them so much easier for ironing. I REALLY like the price, too.

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    I don't leave starched fabric sitting around, but I really appreciate your taking the time to give us this information. Thanks!

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