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    homemade spray starch

    Does anyone have a recipe for making spray starch for quilting?
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    one part Vodka to eight parts water and a few drops of lavender essence, (if you want some fragrance, I don't use it) It is not a starch but does give a little body to the fabric. anyway that is what I use.

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    I use 1/3 water and 2/3 vodka with a drop or two of lavender scent. It is not startchy but like Best Press and is not as expensive. (I never drink but vodka makes good vanilla and spray "starch")

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    2 cups water
    2 oz. vodka
    a few drops lavender oil

    we all have same ingredients different proportions
    mine is same as mamagrande's
    Last edited by mary quilting; 07-17-2013 at 07:25 AM.

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    one I found on Google

    What You'll Need:

    1 Tbs. cornstarch

    1/4 cup cold water

    3 3/4 cup tap water

    2-3 drops of fragrant essential oil or lemon juice (optional)



    Mix It Up:

    Bring 3 3/4 cup tap water to a rolling boil.

    While waiting for water to boil, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch into cold water. Stir constantly until cornstarch is completely dissolved.

    Once water boils, slowly stir in cornstarch mixture.

    If using essential oil or lemon juice, add to mixture and continue to stir for one minute.

    Remove from heat and let cool.

    After cooling add to a one quart spray bottle.

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    No sorry, I am to lazy to make my own.

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    I'd rather just drink the vodka,with a hint of vanilla flavor...then starching won't be a concern!LOL,
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    Hear, hear, Miss francie yuhas -- sounds like a great plan to me!

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    How can you starch something when STARCH is not an ingredient?
    Is alcohol the secret ingredient in Best Press?
    Would gin work?

    I have Niagara in the 'bad' aerosol can - both regular and extra-firm - but I only use it when I can see that some little piece is going to go really really awhack. Or on those pesky fold creases off the bolt which won't go for steam.

    I just press cut piece join quilt! Will things go better with vodka? real starch?

    Forgive me but have only quilted a couple years and still exploring techniques. thanks!
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    My sister buys the liquid starch in the half-gallon jug, then dilutes it. I don't have the proportions, I just know she does it. Me, I'll buy the Niagara and the Best Press. I'd rather be quilting, and I don't have to worry about storing one more thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew View Post
    How can you starch something when STARCH is not an ingredient?
    Is alcohol the secret ingredient in Best Press?
    Would gin work?

    I have Niagara in the 'bad' aerosol can - both regular and extra-firm - but I only use it when I can see that some little piece is going to go really really awhack. Or on those pesky fold creases off the bolt which won't go for steam.

    I just press cut piece join quilt! Will things go better with vodka? real starch?

    Forgive me but have only quilted a couple years and still exploring techniques. thanks!

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    Vodka is made from potatoes, which are - tah dah! - starchy vegetables.

    Gin won't work for starch.

    I use cornstarch.

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    I wonder how much of the 'starch' left from the potatoes is actually in vodka though. Anyway I use vodka water sometimes and niagara spray sometimes, but I'm switching to magic sizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    No sorry, I am to lazy to make my own.
    Ditto! But I still copied the recipes, just in case.
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    What are you using for your starch? I use Sta-Flo starch and diliute it 1 for 1(1 cup starch to 1 cup water).

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    This is from Diane Gaudynski's website.

    Try my recipe for spray starch for all your pressing/piecing needs. Produces a super flat stable quilt: Dissolve a half or one teaspoon of regular Argo cornstarch (in your cupboard probably) in a few tablespoons of cold water in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup/pitcher. Boil 1 cup of water and stir into the cornstarch, stirring constantly. Add enough cool water to make 2 cups total of the mixture. It will thicken slightly and turn from chalk white to translucent. Let cool and use in a pump spray bottle. Shake it every time you spray. You may have to dilute it a little if it is too thick. Lasts a week or so, as there are no preservatives, no chemicals, no nothing that harms us or the environment, and it’s practically free, except for the spray bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I'd rather just drink the vodka,with a hint of vanilla flavor...then starching won't be a concern!LOL,
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    Well, this is new to me! I haven't heard of using vodka
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew View Post
    How can you starch something when STARCH is not an ingredient?
    Is alcohol the secret ingredient in Best Press?
    Would gin work?
    The secret ingredient is potato and vodka is potato-based. I make my own too: Cheap vodka, water, and lavender essential oil. My ratio is one part vodka to about 1.5 parts water and 2 or 3 drops of the oil. Works like a charm for me.
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    I personally wouldn't use anything with food in it (like real corn starch, sta-flo, which I think has corn starch, etc). Too much temptation for bugs. Maybe if I was washing it shortly after but then if that was the case I wouldn't be starching or pressing it.

    As for the vodka, if it's clear I doubt there's any starch left in it. From what I have read it starts out with starch but in the process of fermenting, the starch is converted to sugars.

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    My recipe -- 2 oz. vodka, 2 c. DISTILLED water (tried it once using regular and didn't quite get the same result). Found this recipe either on the QB or via Google search as Best Press would have to buy from Amazon and ship here. Works pretty good, use on all my ironing for smooth finish, no stiffness to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
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    Vodka is made from potatoes, which are - tah dah! - starchy vegetables.

    Gin won't work for starch.

    I use cornstarch.
    Most vodka isn't made from potatoes anymore. And even if it was still made from potatoes there isn't any starch left after the fermentation and distillation processes. The yeast consumes all the starch and turns it to alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    I personally wouldn't use anything with food in it (like real corn starch, sta-flo, which I think has corn starch, etc). Too much temptation for bugs. Maybe if I was washing it shortly after but then if that was the case I wouldn't be starching or pressing it.

    As for the vodka, if it's clear I doubt there's any starch left in it. From what I have read it starts out with starch but in the process of fermenting, the starch is converted to sugars.
    You'd probably get just as good a result from using sugar water.

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    Me too!!!!, LOL.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I haven't bothered to make starch as I found the non aerosol bottle of Niagara spray starch (which I love) for $1.77 at Target in the U.S. As I can't find it in Canada, I bought three cases (36 bottles) of it to share with my quilting buddies on my last trip to New York state. I also bought some (8)giant bottles of Arm and Hammer laundry detergent (164 loads each) and a new iron. When I crossed back into Canada at the Niagara Falls check point, I got some very strange looks from the boarder guy. He looked it all over, looked at me and finally just said "Happy Laundry Day Lady. You must enjoy pressing shirts for the army!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew View Post
    I have Niagara in the 'bad' aerosol can - both regular and extra-firm - but I only use it when I can see that some little piece is going to go really really awhack. Or on those pesky fold creases off the bolt which won't go for steam.
    There is a non-aerosol version of Niagara. Same section you found the "bad". Starch does help.
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