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    I have 2 questions. Do you use starch if you are a hand quilter? I can see that starch would make things easier but I am afraid I won't be able to hand quilt the piece if I use it.

    and, Do you use steam when you press your seams?

    These may be silly questions but I am trying to get through this learning process of quilting and I haven't seen the answers to these two questions. Thank you for any help.

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    Yes & yes, I use sizing instead of spray starch, doesn't build up as much. I use a burst of steam to set my seams.


    I have not found it interferes with hand quilting, I use a new needle & change the needle often to keep a sharp point.

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    Thank you! Is it called sizing and is it a spray?

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    I also use starch and steam. I don't think I've ever ironed anything without steam! I use starch vs. sizing, although I have used sizing as well. I saw a thread on another board a while ago that I 'think' said that sizing was for polyesther blends and starch was for cottons...could be wrong on that issue but might be worth googling if you're interested. But I have never found that it interferes with my hand quilting. Both are sprays.

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    I don't use either and I have no problems. I don't use steam because of the stretching issue, especially if you have any bias edges. My grandmother taught me to hand quilt and she never used starch so I just never did. I don't know what the advantage would be but then I have never tried it either.

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    No and yes!
    I like my fabric nice and soft for hand quilting, therefore, no starch. You didn't ask, but I usually prewash my fabrics if I'm going to be handquilting; again, for softness.
    I use steam because I think it sets the seams better.

    Have fun!!!

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    I also use sizing and steam to set the seams. Never had a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
    Yes & yes, I use sizing instead of spray starch, doesn't build up as much. I use a burst of steam to set my seams.

    I have not found it interferes with hand quilting, I use a new needle & change the needle often to keep a sharp point.

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    Hi: I am a hand quilter and do machine piecing.......Yes, I use the sizing starch.........I get mine from the Dollar Tree........Just a little spray will do the job........Sure is a big help especially if you are working with half or quarter square triangle. I spray BEFORE I cut. Hope all these answers from the board members will be of help to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo M
    I also use sizing and steam to set the seams. Never had a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
    Yes & yes, I use sizing instead of spray starch, doesn't build up as much. I use a burst of steam to set my seams.

    I have not found it interferes with hand quilting, I use a new needle & change the needle often to keep a sharp point.
    This what I do also. I get sizing from Dollar Tree, I use it alot.
    :D :wink:

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    Thanks for asking this! Just starting the hand-quilting journey, too!

    There are no silly, or dumb questions here! Many other members want to know, too but didn't think to ask!

    You're being helpful!

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    I don't do either one...either.
    Why not give it a try both ways and see what works best for you.

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    Thanks for all your input ladies! It appears to be the same answer for most things, lol. Some do, some don't. I am finding that it is like most things, a matter of personal preference. When I started I was afraid to do anything, sure I would do it all wrong, but am finding out that it comes down to what works best for each person is the best way to do it.
    At least I don't worry about every little detail anymore. lol

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    I am a hand quilter, and I have learn, go by what feels good !! You will know throu trial & era !
    I use Magic Sizing,love it !! + it's cheap !

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    Quote Originally Posted by be a quilter
    Thanks for all your input ladies! It appears to be the same answer for most things, lol. Some do, some don't. I am finding that it is like most things, a matter of personal preference. When I started I was afraid to do anything, sure I would do it all wrong, but am finding out that it comes down to what works best for each person is the best way to do it.
    At least I don't worry about every little detail anymore. lol
    That is the way to be ! :D :thumbup: I use to be sooo picky on myself & I didn't enjoy what I did, now it doesn't have to be perfect ! As long as I am happy with it that is what counts !
    :D :D

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