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    Senior Member Monie's Avatar
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    If this question has reared it's ugly head again please just don't answer me thank you. My question do you startch your fabric before cuttin are after? Thank you in advance

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    There are many people who starch before cutting, especially if the fabric is prewashed and dried. It is really just a personal preference.

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    I starch heavily before I cut. Then if a block doesn't do what I tell it to do, I starch it again. I pretty much sew cardboard!

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    I starch my applique sometimes. I can get it to cooperate much better that way.

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    I put my fabric in a bucket and dump in the starch mixture (half starch half water). Squeeze out the excess and throw in the dryer, iron and cut. paper stiff! no shifting or stretching.

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    Leatheflea, I like your way. Lol and love your avartar

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    Before and often, during the piecing, too.

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    I prefer to starch before I cut :D:D:D Dry and then iron the yardage.
    I will occasionally starch during piecing, but anytime you dampen the fabric you run the risk of stretching/distortion. Sometimes this will work in your favor while piecing, but it will usually go back to the original shape once it is laundered :wink:

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    wow. still learning, that's a new piece of information for my how to book!!

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    Anytime I have to prewash fabric (this removes the sizing) I wash, dry and iron with Magic Sizing (comes in a blue can with a blue lid. About a $1.00 at WalMart). If I'm doing fabric that has a bias edge (stretchy edge) I use starch. Sometimes I spray it twice. It adds stability where there is little. Welcome from Ohio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dltaylor
    wow. still learning, that's a new piece of information for my how to book!!
    Okay Girlfriend are you really writing a book? :thumbup:

    I am working on publishing patterns.

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    I usually don't starch at all, but when I do - then before.
    If a block isn't behaving, I sometimes hit it with Best Press and beat it into submission.

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    hmmm....I never starch!!! Seriously!! I think in all the years I've been quiting - about 10 - I've used starch only if I'm worried about a bias cut. I have used Best press as MadQuilter says with a thorough beating into submission. They soon learn who's boss!!!

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    WOW!! I am learning a lot. Thanks ladies. Monie

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    I only starch when I'm working with pieces that will be cut on the bias.

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    If bugs might be an issue where you live (here in Florida, bugs are always an issue :thumbdown: ) just be sure you're not putting starched fabric back in your stash. OR store it in airtight plastic containers.

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    In my opinion it's a personal preference thing, like whether or not to wash your fabric first. I only starch if absolutely necessary in order to get wrinkles out, or once a block is finished.

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    I starch before only if I feel the fabric needs it. I do not wash my fabric when so many quilters do. Knock on wood, I have never had a problem. I do test suspicious fabrics. GOOD LUCK !!! :)

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    before!

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    I prewash all my fabrics to get rid of all the chemicals, then fold and add to my stash. I do not starch and iron until I am ready to cut. Cutting is so much easier with starched fabric. It lays nice and flat and doesn't shift. And starched pieces don't change shape between cutting and sewing. It's also easier to sew and press seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    I put my fabric in a bucket and dump in the starch mixture (half starch half water). Squeeze out the excess and throw in the dryer, iron and cut. paper stiff! no shifting or stretching.
    Yep this is how I do it too, but I wash it, take it out of the washer then proceed with the bucket method. I mix the starch a bit higher than 50/50.

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    I starch before cutting. It seems that I cut straighter using starch.

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    I never starch.

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    I never starch and my quilts work out fine. I don't even press fabric let alone starch.
    A good friend, and fabulous quilter, starches before cutting, while piecing, and the finally the completed block.

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    I starch before I cut.

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