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Thread: Magic Sizing vs Starch

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    Super Member Midwestmary's Avatar
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    I've been reading the threads about starch - appreciative of all the helpful information :-D What is the difference between the canned sizing you can buy and starch? I one preferable over the other?

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    Magic Sizing doesn't scorch as easily as starch so I use it on light fabrics. It doesn't get as stiff as starch either so if you're just wanting a little body, use sizing. If you want it stiff, use starch. Starch is also cheaper and if you buy the concentrated stuff, you can mix it however you want it. I haven't seen that option in sizing. Seems to be a "one can fits all" thing.

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    I prefer to use sizing. I can get it for about $1.00 per can at Wal-Mart. I don't have issues with scorching or anything. It just gives the fabric a bit more stiffness. :)

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    I have been using Niagara sizing, ME's and Niagara starch but I just bought a non-aerosol bottle of Faultless MAXX Starch. Wow, I really like it. It says great for whites and jeans so I tried on my son's jeans and he loved the sharp crease down the front. It must be new as I have never spied it before. DH says he saw it at the $ store so I will check that out also.

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    I prefer sizing, it seems to be more slick feeling, doesn't flake, smells good, and if you want it stiff you can do it several times.

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    I tried the mixable starch and was not a fan...perhaps I was being to liberal with it, but the concrete floor of my basement was REALLY gross after trying it out. :)

    I like sizing but also like to use Best Press. I normally buy a bunch of it when it's on sale at Hancocks, and they started carrying the big refill jugs there as well. It's a lot less expensive there, than at my LQS.

    Just my 2 cents. :)

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    As an FYI, use Magic Sizing to remove hoop burn from embroidered items.

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    I prefer sizing, but I also like to use Best Press. Sizing is just cheaper and more locally available for me. I am not a fan of starch

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    I use Magic Sizing for giving a fabric more body. I also keep a can of starch on hand for ironing applique edges.

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    I have never used sizing. I use Mary Ellens and Niagra spray starch. I love how my fabrics feel after being starched and ironed. I use the blue jug of concentrate one the shirts I get from the thrift stores that I have cut up. It makes the soft fabrics much easier to cut.

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    Well .....one noteable difference is bugs, specifcally silverfish, will eat starch and damage the fabric that has been treated with it.
    Bugs do not eat sizing!

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    I prefer sizing. It removes wrinkles and creases much better than starch or water.

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    I also prefer the Magic Sizing it smells better and as others have stated do several applications if you want the fabric stiffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Numa
    As an FYI, use Magic Sizing to remove hoop burn from embroidered items.
    What is "hoop burn"?

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    When you embroider, sometimes there is a mark left where the hoop was. That's hoop burn. Spraying the "burn" area with Magic Sizing will remove it.

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    Thanks everyone, for the tips. I've never heard of Best Press but may check that out next time those Hancock's coupons come out. In the meantime, think I'll buy a can of Magic sizing and check it out. Thanks again ;)

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