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Thread: Starch for applique?

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    I've searched the topics for starch, and lots of folks like to use it for piecing, especially if the pattern has a bias edge.

    What's your opinion for starching applique pieces that have lots of bias edges? Is it hard to turn those edges, both convex and concave, if they have been starched? Does the starch help with fraying, or is that even a problem?

    I'm new to applique, and am reading all about techniques before I start a project.

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    Try a sample with and without and see which you like best. Let us know what you like best:)

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    I often use starch or even wash away glue to prepare my applique pieces for hand sewing.

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    I starch generously. One warning - if you are using fusible, get the fusible ironed on first - some brands do not stick evenly to starched cloth.

    I also like to use fray-check on edges that I think will fray.

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    For machine applique, I starch the background heavily. It keeps the stitches from distorting it.

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    I will hand applique. Will that make a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I starch generously. One warning - if you are using fusible, get the fusible ironed on first - some brands do not stick evenly to starched cloth.

    I also like to use fray-check on edges that I think will fray.
    Thank you for that great tip

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    My favorite starch is MaryEllen's Best Press Starch Alternative. I use the method from One Piece at a Time website. She has great tips. I usually use a blanket stitch but this will work for hand stitching too.

    http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-pi...lique-lessons/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    My favorite starch is MaryEllen's Best Press Starch Alternative. I use the method from One Piece at a Time website. She has great tips. I usually use a blanket stitch but this will work for hand stitching too.

    http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-pi...lique-lessons/
    :thumbup: I did read that folks making perfect applique circles (lots of bias!) used washers for templates and then started the circles a lot to hold the shape during applique. That makes a lot of sense.

    And I love your quiltie weight-loss graphic. Way to go! :thumbup: :thumbup: (I should really give you 18 wee thumps-up!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    My favorite starch is MaryEllen's Best Press Starch Alternative. I use the method from One Piece at a Time website. She has great tips. I usually use a blanket stitch but this will work for hand stitching too.

    http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-pi...lique-lessons/
    Wow! this is very helpful.

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    it depends on what kind of appliqueing you are doing-
    if you are doing needle turn applique- some people actually use a paint brush and stach in a dish and use it to turn under the edges-
    if you are doing fusable-raw edge applique- the starch (might) keep the fusable from adhering properly

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    I starch heavily for machine piecing, but do not loke starch for applique as I do needle turn and need the fabric to be soft.

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    I've never tried starch on applique but don't think I would like it. If the fabric is stiffer I would think it would be harder to turn under and stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    My favorite starch is MaryEllen's Best Press Starch Alternative. I use the method from One Piece at a Time website. She has great tips. I usually use a blanket stitch but this will work for hand stitching too.

    http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-pi...lique-lessons/
    I read this blog and watched the videos this morning. Great information. This will be how I do my applique! Thanks so much.

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    I've used starch on my applique, and didn't find it any harder to stitch through. I don't use it routinely, mostly because I don't like ironing a lot - too many burned fingers!

    Janet

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstQuilt
    I did read that folks making perfect applique circles (lots of bias!) used washers for templates and then started the circles a lot to hold the shape during applique. That makes a lot of sense.
    I use a liquid spray starch from the grocery store and it seems to work fine. Starch is definitely a necessity when making "perfect circles!" Side note....highly recommend Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles templates....pricey but worth it if you're making a lot.

    Also, I recently tried starching the fabric before cutting out some designs for needle-turn and it did reduce fraying, plus it seemed to help form a crisper edge, too. Do some practice pieces and see what works for you. Good luck!
    Karen

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    I am working on an applique project that I used wax paper as patterns and brushed starch on the seam allowance to turn under then iron. I pull off the wax paper and sew on to the background fabric. When I began this project it was my intention to do needle turn, but I found I am actually doing more of a blind stitch. The fabric is too stiff to turn so I catch a few strands from the under side. It is looking real good but very time consuming.

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