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Thread: Sizing vs starch

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    What's the diference? I'm unfamiliar with Sizing. Can anyone explain the difference to me? :?:
    thanks!

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    I'll be watching to see the answers too! :D

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    I don't know any technical stuff just my experience. I use sizing to make my stuff stiff especially my bookmarks before I sell them. When I tried starch it took for ever for it to dry. And I didn't think it was all that stiff. The sizing dries pretty quickly and I soak mine with the spray when I spray them. By morning they are really stiff. I use the sizing to stiffen a piece of fabric or to take out wrinkles. I iron it after spraying and it dries really well in just a couple of mins.

    Maybe someone else will have a more technical answer.

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    I was told to use sizing instead of starch because bugs like starch and they would make holes in the fabric.

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    I don't thing sizing flakes as much as starch does.

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    Interesting question and if you google there are several discussions from quilters to professional cleaners.

    Sizing is also designed to create shape and dirt resistance.


    A: Starch is used to stiffen fabrics such as shirt collars and cuffs, while sizing is used to add body, “crispness” and “hand” to garments. Starch is vegetable-based (it’s formulated from wheat, corn or rice), while sizing is a resinous solution that can be either vegetable- or plastic-based.

    Because starch doesn’t satisfactorily adhere to thermoplastic fibers such as polyester, manufacturers often blend a plastic-based sizing agent and vegetable-based starch to impart stiffness to the synthetic fibers.


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    Niagara Starch is the only one that I found that doesn't flake. Best Press is nice but pricey if you have to pay shipping to get it.

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    I use Magic Sizing made by the Faultless Starch Co in Kansas City Missouri

    Thanks for the explanation Quilt Addict!


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    I like the magic sizing because it smells so great and makes the fabric fluff rather than stiffen up.

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    I think this was answered scientifically, and I was going to add about the bugs, so all your questions have been answered. Thanks girls, I never knew the real reason just that the bugs don't like it.

    Rita

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    I bought the Niagara starch the other day, heard it wouldn't flake... It's flaking all over my fabric and i have it on the cotton setting.. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by diogirl
    I bought the Niagara starch the other day, heard it wouldn't flake... It's flaking all over my fabric and i have it on the cotton setting.. :(

    I was told that your have to wait until the starch is absorbed by the fabric before ironing. That is supposed to stop of flaking. I never have time to wait for the fabric to absorb the starch, hence, I always have flaking.

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    Oh! I did't wait.. I guess that's what I did wrong.. :oops:

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    What I do with starch when ironing, and I don't have time or patience to wait either, just take your hand and brush it over the spot you just sprayed. That stops the flaking. Hope this helps, I buy the cheapest starch I can find and read this somewhere. Tried it and it worked.

    Rita

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    This may be a dumb question but I thought that sizing or starch was used to stabilize the fabric during construction and then was (always?) washed out when the quilt was done. I wondered if this was the case though when I read the comments about starch attracting bugs. So, is it washed out after construction is complete or not? Now occurs to me that an exception to washing out might be a wall hanging??

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