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Thread: Starch help, please

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    One our our ladies mentioned that starch is her best friend in quilting. I have been using Mary Ellen's spray and I really like it, but it does not give me the stiffness I would like.
    Can you please provide me with the brand of a good spray starch that will not flake?
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    I bought Sta-Flo(concentrated) at walmart. after I mixed it 50/50, I sprayed and ironed the back of my fabric, so far no flakes (15 yards of black and dark green).

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    I just do a mixture of 50/50 of Sta-Flo. I saturate with it and then let it dry. Flaking isn't bad if dry. Besides I was the quilt afterwards and its all gone.

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    I don't really care if the starch flakes...I don't consider my quilt complete until it's washed and dried (you know, to make sure it won't fall to pieces in the wash lol), and everything washes away. :)

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    I agree. Sta-Flo mixed at 50/50. Spray like crazy. Iron. Ignore flakes. If it doesn't feel about like cardstock, I do it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    I don't really care if the starch flakes...I don't consider my quilt complete until it's washed and dried (you know, to make sure it won't fall to pieces in the wash lol), and everything washes away. :)
    LOL, like minds....none have fallen apart so far...

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    One of the starches I use is Niagara Spray Starch. It comes in a non-aerosol spray bottle that can be reused for the Sta-Flo 50/50 mixture. This is the only brand that I haven't had a problem with flaking.

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    I just spray heavier with the Mary Ellens.

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    To avoid flakes, let starch soak into fabric. When you iron it when it sits on top that is what causes the flakes.

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    THANK YOU for your responses. I am off to the grocery store to purchase Niagra and Sta Flo. I appreciate your quick responses.
    D in TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I just spray heavier with the Mary Ellens.
    Me too!

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    A friend gave me a bottle of Best Press. I love it! No flakes and in a pump bottle no aerosol AND it smells good!
    David

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    Ditto!
    Quote Originally Posted by the casual quilter
    One of the starches I use is Niagara Spray Starch. It comes in a non-aerosol spray bottle that can be reused for the Sta-Flo 50/50 mixture. This is the only brand that I haven't had a problem with flaking.

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    I use Niagara in the non aerosol spray bottle. It doesn't flake and gives me heavy stiffness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the casual quilter
    One of the starches I use is Niagara Spray Starch. It comes in a non-aerosol spray bottle that can be reused for the Sta-Flo 50/50 mixture. This is the only brand that I haven't had a problem with flaking.
    That's what I use, too. I get it at Targets for under $2. I haven't had any flaking issues either.

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    I have found that the best starch that does not flake is a product called Faultless Premium Starch. It can be found at Walmart and has a gold cap. You can use this product on black and no white spots.

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    Stay flo 50/50, spray fabric, throw in the dryer, press, no flakes no stretching.

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    I had a friend use starch and it changed the color of her fabric on some of her 30's prints - I like Best Press

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    If you spray on your starch, then turn the fabric over and iron the other side, repeat 2 times. No flaking as you will be forcing the starch into the fibers of the fabric.

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    I use Faultless Premium Starch with the gold cap. It is great. Also, as state above, it helps if you let it soak in before ironing.

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    I use Faultless MAXX. It has a nice lavender vanilla scent and it comes in a black spray bottle that I can reuse for my Sta-Flo starch that I mix 50/50. I also spray and let it sit for a few minutes to let it soak into my fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Diana
    One our our ladies mentioned that starch is her best friend in quilting. I have been using Mary Ellen's spray and I really like it, but it does not give me the stiffness I would like.
    Can you please provide me with the brand of a good spray starch that will not flake?
    Thank you
    D in TX
    let it sit until the foam disappears and you won't get flakes...I use Mary Ellen on blocks and if I want really stiff I use the spray starch in spray cans.

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    I use Niagara starch to in the big bottle and put it in a spray bottle with a bit of water. I don't get flaking.

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    Maybe I've gotten lucky when quilting - but I am yet to spray starch a single piece when quilting - once my top is finished, I have been known to spray it with magic sizing to make it lay perfect for my quilter to quilt it - and she so appreciates that - but I never do it for me! I might have to try it and see if I maybe need to do it - but I've been lucky I guessl

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    I had copied these recipes for homemade starch from previous posts:

    Homemade spray starch recipe

    This is a great money saver and it does an excellent job.

    Dissolve 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon cornstarch (depending on amount of stiffness you want) in a few tablespoons of cold water in a heat proof 2-cup measuring container. Add boiling water to make one cup, stirring constantly. Then add cold water to the 2 cup line. Let cool and use in a spray bottle.
    Shake it every time you spray.

    You may have to dilute it a little if it is too thick or builds up white flakes.

    Discard after a week or so and make a new batch. You can also refrigerate between using to keep it fresher.

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    I heard of people making homemade spray starch and adding a small amount of clear vodka to help it last longer, i thnk about 2 oz of vodka to a recipe similar to this site:

    http://tipnut.com/homemade-lavender-starch-recipe/
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    Lavender Linen Starch
    Dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1 pint cold water. Add 6 drops of lavender essential oil. Place in a spray bottle. Shake before using.
    Fresh pressed linens, nicely starched, and lavender fragrance wafting in the air. Nice!

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