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Old 01-20-2014, 10:30 AM
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Prewashed a pile of batiks and soaked in 2 cups Linit liquid starch ($3.79) in a plastic bag. Something like the way Anita Grossman Soloman does it. Let the fabric dry a bit ( on a plastic tablecloth) and then ironed dry. Skirt hangers were a great help. My blocks are more precise & if you have to rip a seam, the fabric does not get distorted. Try it!
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:46 AM
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I like your technique! Seems like it would be especially helpful for applique or bias seams. Thanks!
(BTW, have not heard of that brand of starch.... hmmmm)
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:30 AM
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I always use Linit. I put some in a spray bottle and dilute it with water.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:39 AM
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never heard of that brand, out here on the island, we only have Niagara spray starch. at least only at walmart. love your batik colors. and love starch
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
never heard of that brand, out here on the island, we only have Niagara spray starch. at least only at walmart. love your batik colors. and love starch
In case you would like to try Linit, I bought it at Stop and Shop(Bay Shore).
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:19 PM
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I use Sta Flo and dip the fabric. I like the plastic bag idea, I'm going to try that!
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:28 AM
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Plastic bag! What a great idea!! I have a billion pieces to starch right now. Thanks!!
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:53 AM
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I think that is a great way of getting your batiks ready for quilting. I use to buy Magic Sizing at a super Walmart but since moving, the Walmart near me doesn't carry it. I am trying this Niagara non-aerosol spray starch. Hopefully my aim will improve and will get more starch on the fabric verse the ironing board. Sure can smell it when I press. Very pleasant floral scent !!
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:07 AM
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Okay dumb question here -- I haven't starched because I feel like I'll have to launder the finished quilt to remove the starch. I guess I think the starch will alter the look of the fabric over time by "aging" or breaking down itself (the starch) in some way. Are my worries valid or should I just merrily starch away? Thanks in advance for your guidance.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:52 AM
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I always wash finished quilts, so there is no starch residue. Love this method. Will try it next time that I have a pile of fat quarters or small pieces to starch. I have 2 and 2 1/2 gal zip locks that I use for blocks and scrap sorting that will work great for this! Thanks for the idea!
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