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To starch or not to starch?

Old 04-13-2019, 11:38 PM
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To starch or not to starch? Wash or not to wash fabric?
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:40 AM
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I definitely wash - removes all the chemicals from the mfg. process, shrinks anything that will, and shows if the fabric is a bleeder. I rarely starch... if I do, I do it when I'm ready to use the fabric. Starch can attract bugs.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:44 AM
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A pre-washer and starcher here as well. In addition to removing the sizing; checking for bleeding; etc. with pre-washing it also gives me the opportunity to iron and refold the fabric more closely on grain vs how it may be on the bolt.

I use liquid starch mixed at a 50/50 ratio w/water. I prefer the sta-flo brand. Mix up small amounts at a time as I need them. Starch is particularly helpful when dealing with bias edges.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:00 AM
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I'm not a pre-washer, I starch as NJ Quilter. I've never had a problem with starched fabrics attracting silverfish, so I think if you have a problem with them, you'll still have them starching or not. I also use homemade "best press".
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:26 AM
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I only pre-wash reds.
Sometimes I starch. It depends on the pattern.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:30 AM
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I soak and wash all (washable) fabrics and battings before cutting them.

I want to know how the fabric will behave after it has been through the wash.

By the way, I have had at least one bleeder of every color

Also, after measuring hundreds of pieces of fabric before and after washing, (yes I really have! ), I have found that the different pieces do not shrink at the same rate or in the same direction.

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Old 04-14-2019, 04:36 AM
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I prewash everything except precuts. It puts the fabrics on the straight of grain, removes chemicals, tells me if a dye is going to run and shrinks the fabrics if they are going to shrink. I don't want any surprises after my quilt is finished. I never starch unless I an doing heirloom embroidery. I wash that after I am done. I do not store anything with starch in it.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:39 AM
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pre-wash most of the time.

always starch.
lots of starch.
makes it easier to cut, line up, and stitch.
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:01 AM
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I don’t always pre wash but I use Magic Sizing. I spray it way and then hand it to dry..really cuts down on the messy fraying edges.
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:05 AM
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Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t .
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