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Thread: Starch, sizing or nothing at all?

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    Super Member crkathleen's Avatar
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    I was thinking of making a small wallhanging. Would it be advisable to spray my fabric to stiffen it up? I don't plan on having to wash it. What if I decide to put it away. If I leave spray in it will it eventually become a feast to moths?
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    I don't use anything.

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    I wouldn't use starch - I never use it.

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    I starch all of my fabric after I wash it so I wouldn't be much help. I personally would starch because I find it easier to accurately piece then. After it was finished, I would wash it one time then iron without starch.

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    I use Mary Ellens quilting starch...love it. I always starch after I finish a block. Gives it such a nice finish

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    I starch all of my fabrics for piecing, it helps keep the fabric from stretching. Bias pieces I use even more starch. You can always wash it after you make it and then it shouldn't be a problem.

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    I also starch my fabric for piecing. Makes a huge difference for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNQuilter
    I starch all of my fabric after I wash it so I wouldn't be much help. I personally would starch because I find it easier to accurately piece then. After it was finished, I would wash it one time then iron without starch.
    I vote with MNQuilter. Starch, cut, piece, quilt, wash, iron, hang. :)

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    haha Gotcha! :thumbup:
    Thanks everyone. I ended up using sizing.

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    I use Niagra spray Starch

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    I usually don't use anything and it works fine for me.

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    I use sizing not starch. I heard Alex Anderson say that starch attracts silverfish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    I use sizing not starch. I heard Alex Anderson say that starch attracts silverfish.
    Whats the difference between sizing stuff and starch? :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by crkathleen
    I was thinking of making a small wallhanging. Would it be advisable to spray my fabric to stiffen it up? I don't plan on having to wash it. What if I decide to put it away. If I leave spray in it will it eventually become a feast to moths?
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    I don't know if moths eat starch. Moths generally eat holes in wool.

    Starch is food though. Most starch is made from corn. But it can also come from wheat, rice or potatoes.

    Mary Ellen's Best Press is not made from a food starch though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    I use sizing not starch. I heard Alex Anderson say that starch attracts silverfish.
    Whats the difference between sizing stuff and starch? :shock:
    Sorry I didn't get back to your question. Thank you Scissor Queen for answering.

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