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Thread: Mary Ellen's Best Press

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    I imagine only a chemist would be able to tell what is in it.
    Could it be Coka Cola and the recipe is secret or is it really a common product repackaged?
    My guess would be a starch and sizing combo based on the description I just read.

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    It's greatly over rated anyway! the dollar store sizing works just as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadoh
    in ontario canada the price is ten dollars for the small one and 42 dollars for the large......gallon one....plus 13 percent tax!!!
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    waves to fellow Ontarian's, Watson'sMom and Shadoh! ... yes we pay highly if we use this stuff!
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    Thus why I don't! :)
    I beg and plead when friends go State side, to bring me back Magic Sizing which we can't get here. We can buy Spray Starch, but I don't like it's flaky-ness!

    Wonder can we get this other non-aerosol at WalMart??
    I'm a visual person ... would someone please take a picture and post, so I know what I'm looking for? thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Mama
    Me either and I have to cover my nose when I spray because it makes me wheezy. The bottle says environmently friendly but that doesn't mean it's not an allergy trigger.
    they make a scent free, my sister has to use that one

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    Whenever I buy Mary Ellen's I buy the Lavendar;but the current bottle just does not have the lavendar scent like the bottle before. Wonder what is with that? Not buying it anymore if it can't smell like lavendar. Magic Sizing does me fine for $.97 a can at H.E.B. or Wally Mart, that's equivalent to about 8 cans as opposed to one of Mary Ellen's.

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    what does the vodka and water do? and how do you mix it.

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    I just bought my first bottle, but I can`t remember where I got it, please check back with my later as I have a good friend that knows every thing. She will tell me when she comes home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljgraham
    what does the vodka and water do? and how do you mix it.
    I just put it in a large spray bottle and shake it up.Sometimes I add the lavender scent and sometimes not.

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    Does anyone know where to get liquid starch in Canada?

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    O.K. I`m back, my friend said we bought Best Pressed from either Northwest Fabrics or Hancock Fabrics.

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    Vodka and water? My seams would never be straight nor scant 1/4. But with enough of that formula, I think I would not notice.

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    I just found a bottle of Scented Pressing Spray that I must of bought about 4 years ago. It was made by Hamilton Beach and it is not shown on their website. Ingredients: Deionized water, propylene glycol, nonoxynol 12, fragrance, DMDM hydantoin. WARNING: May be harmful if swallowed. If ingested, do not induce vomiting. Seek medical attention. May irritate eyes. If spray contacts eyes, flush immediately with water for 15 minutes, then seek medical attention.

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    I love Best Press. Will check to see if my Joann's carry it. I started buying it by the gallon. Even use it now for regular clothes that need to be pressed and that doesn't happen very often!

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    I bought a 16oz bottle at Avonport Discount Fabrics (Nova Scotia Canada lol)for 8.95 I guess I didn't know if it was a good price or not so I only bought 1 bottle

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew
    I just found a bottle of Scented Pressing Spray...made by Hamilton Beach, Ingredients: Deionized water, propylene glycol, nonoxynol 12, fragrance, DMDM hydantoin. WARNING: May be harmful if swallowed. If ingested, do not induce vomiting. Seek medical attention. May irritate eyes. If spray contacts eyes, flush immediately with water for 15 minutes, then seek medical attention.
    Wow, that rang a bell! "Propylene glycol...may be labeled as "non-toxic antifreeze." It oxidizes when exposed to air and heat. When this occurs lactic acid is formed. If not properly inhibited, this fluid can be very corrosive." (On my fabric??) "pH buffering agents are added to propylene glycol, preventing low pH attack on the system metals." (Ok, think your IRON). "...biological fouling also occurs. Once bacterial slime starts, the corrosion rate increases." It also mentions to dispose of it, it it turns a reddish cast.
    I don't think I would want to use anti-freeze on my fabric, and certainly not anything that might produce slime, or attack my iron. On the other hand it does lower the freezing point & raise the boiling point! :lol:

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    nancy notions has them. That is where my dealer bought them
    Quote Originally Posted by Mommomjoann
    I never heard of this stuff.what do you use it on,just quilts,paper piecing,bindings, or just regular ironing clothes? Also please, has anyone ever used those magic bobbins? Seen a segment on those too, can't find them anywhere but on line. I live near-by a Jo Ann's store.

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    I just bought best press on Joanns website. here is a 40 percent off on line coupon...it works I just used it. EEDX14 - you still have to pay shipping but it was still a bit cheaper than Amazon with coupon. Amazon is free shipping over 25.00 you just need to make sure you click the button that states free shipping. You can also buy the small bottle for 7.99 and use the 40 percent coupon...

    Can't wait to try this product out...lots of Buzz on how good it works.

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    Love this product...won't quilt without it!

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    Hi, would you mind posting the recipe for the water/vodka? I know many of us can use it. Thanks

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    Judi43 - look back through the posts in this thread. It has been shared several times.

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    A google search is all it took. Recipe here
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...de-t39762.html

    I'd leave our the scent .... allergies

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    I use less Best Press by spraying it from a small spray bottle designed for hair spray from Sally's Beauty Supply. It produces a finer more controlled spray.
    Cheryl Robinson
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    I stretch my Best Press by diluting it with water. Works just as well and goes twice as far. I also have a problem with it making me sneeze, so I have to hold my nose. I like the fragrance, so I still buy it scented. I'm eventually going to try the vodka recipe, but I have too many kinds of fabric stiffener on hand right now.
    Sue

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