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Thread: Starch question

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    Senior Member taiboo's Avatar
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    I usually use Best Press, but funds are kind of tight this week and I saw Aerosol can of spray starch for considerable cheaper, so i bought it, i haven't used it yet but my question is:

    what is really a difference between starches when quilting?

    TIA

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    Best Press is more of a Sizing rather than a starch. Starch I find gets stiffer depending on how much and what kind is used.

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    You can buy sizing in a spray can at the grocery store or Wal Mart. It is much cheaper than Best Press. I think mine is Niagra brand.

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    I've always been happy using Faultless. I buy the heavy starch.

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    What is Sizing???

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    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    What is Sizing???
    I wasn't sure how to answer this, so I googled and this is what I found. I am sure there are other definitons, but this may help.
    Faultless Brand says: Sizing makes ironing easier! It restores original body to fabrics without leaving a stiff feeling. It's perfect for all washables, including cottons, knits, synthetics, and blends. Great for touching up wrinkle free fabrics.

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    I bought the Niagara in the non aerosol. When it was half empty, I filled it with distilled water. It was perfect. When I went to buy a new one, neither store had it, so I bought an aerosol. Yick. White flakes all over. I know they'll brush off, but it's not what I wanted. I bought sizing, too, so I'll try that next.

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    I buy liquid starch in a big blue bottle. (Can't recall the name) and mix it myself with water. I like about 4 parts water to one part starch, but you can choose your own strength. I also add about 1 drops of lavender oil to it and shake well before using. It's so much cheaper, and it smells nice too.

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    I love the Niagra brand and I get mine at Wal Mart too. Its Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!
    Johanna in WI

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltlady37
    You can buy sizing in a spray can at the grocery store or Wal Mart. It is much cheaper than Best Press. I think mine is Niagra brand.

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    I'm a cheapo..I make my own startch..

    1 cup Sta-flo concentrated starch ( get it walmart)
    1 cup of Febreze (love the lavender scent- also avail at Wally world)
    1 cup distilled or baby water

    Mix (I use a clean spaghetti jar, pour every thing in, tighten lid and shake! Dd loves to do this, have at, knock you socks off DD!) Pour in a fine spray bottle ( I suggest you do this and not a 5yr old DD, It was not pretty! I used an empty Best Press Bottle) TaDa!

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    I like the idea of the recipe for a final press, but if you use the "Febreeze liquid" on fabric (or when pre-washing, if you use a fabric softener sheet) if you rotary cut the fabric after applying either of those two items, you will dull your rotary blades significantly.
    Just a note, but I love the recipe for finishing. Thanks.
    Johanna in WI


    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    I'm a cheapo..I make my own startch..

    1 cup Sta-flo concentrated starch ( get it walmart)
    1 cup of Febreze (love the lavender scent- also avail at Wally world)
    1 cup distilled or baby water

    Mix (I use a clean spaghetti jar, pour every thing in, tighten lid and shake! Dd loves to do this, have at, knock you socks off DD!) Pour in a fine spray bottle ( I suggest you do this and not a 5yr old DD, It was not pretty! I used an empty Best Press Bottle) TaDa!

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    Liquid starch works very well when mixed properly.

    However, if you aren't going to be finishing the project soon I was told to put bay leaves in with my project to keep bugs out ... as they are attracted to the starch.

    I use Best Press now.

    ali

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    I use all the different starches and have never had any problems. I mostly use StaFlo and mix my own. But I also use the spray starches in cans and the bottles. Whatever is cheap and my husband brings home.
    I can't use Febreeze with my allergies.
    I spray my fabric with starch (use which ever one I have handy that is cheap). Then I put the fabric in a plastic bag and let it sit for about an hour. Then I just get each piece out and press. This was the way my mother taught me. If you can't press it within the hour, put it in the frig. I have done this for over 45 years.

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    However, if you aren't going to be finishing the project soon I was told to put bay leaves in with my project to keep bugs out ... as they are attracted to the starch.

    I use Best Press now.

    ali[/quote]

    Bay leaves? Never heard of it, but willing to give it a try. Thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    Liquid starch works very well when mixed properly.

    However, if you aren't going to be finishing the project soon I was told to put bay leaves in with my project to keep bugs out ... as they are attracted to the starch.

    I use Best Press now.

    ali
    OH! very good to know! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Best Press is more of a Sizing rather than a starch. Starch I find gets stiffer depending on how much and what kind is used.
    Ditto :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    I bought the Niagara in the non aerosol. When it was half empty, I filled it with distilled water. It was perfect. When I went to buy a new one, neither store had it, so I bought an aerosol. Yick. White flakes all over. I know they'll brush off, but it's not what I wanted. I bought sizing, too, so I'll try that next.
    That's what I was using too and loved it! The price was great! I can't find it any more either......I use to get it in Target. If you run across it could you let me know the store's name....hopefully it'll be a chain store

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    Niagara has a new non-aerosol trigger bottle spray starch that is guaranteed not to flake. I have been using it for about a month and I LOVE it!!! I also found a new aerosol that will not flake, but haven't tried that one yet. I got them both at WalMart

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