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Thread: Starch???

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    I use Sta Flo , mix half with water and put in a spray bottle, unless I'm starching yardage and then I place in sink and pour starch over yardage and work into the fibers. Have tried lots of brands and this one is the best I have found for the effect I want. NOTE: Starch does dull rotary cutter blades more quickly than without starch, but the accuracy in piecing is well worth a blade or two.

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    I use Faultless, diluted to my specs.

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    Bounce has a new "ironing spray" I really like, but can't stand the scent. I called the company and ask if they were going to put out an unscented one....didn't get much of a reply. By the way it has Bounce's name, but is produced by another company.

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    When I was taking a new member class at our guild, the girls teaching said to use spray sizing. Their reason was that
    the starch attracts bugs and the sizing doesn't.
    I use Spray Sizing which I get at Wal-Mart for $1.00/can.
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    This was a good thread. I received some blocks from an exchange on this board and they were all nicely pressed with starch of some kind. I really liked how they felt and were so easy to sew. I was wondering what that person used. Now I will search on here for all of the topics on starch and see what you all have to say. This is such a helpful place.
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    How about making your own starch? There was a recipe posted on a similar thread concerning starch some time ago. I copied it down, tried it and was impressed with the results, but have since lost the recipe. Does anyone have one?
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    Best Press AND Niagra...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MissBarkey View Post
    How about making your own starch? There was a recipe posted on a similar thread concerning starch some time ago. I copied it down, tried it and was impressed with the results, but have since lost the recipe. Does anyone have one?
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    Here is Mark Lipinski's recipe - scroll down to tip #3. I think it's almost identical to the one that was posted earlier.

    http://www.marklipinski.com/Tulip%20Tips/TTcontent.html

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    I got a great tip on this board for my "best press" (which I love). I bought a different empty spray bottle with a MUCH finer misting head, I put my best press in that bottle and away I go.
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    Bounce fabric spray!
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    I had to make hexies and I used Niagara and it made the fabric so stiff that I could take out the paper and sew the pieces together. You are suppose to keep the paper in the hexies until you finish sewing them. I didn't even have to baste them they were so stiff. I usually use Best Press. It seems to be just perfect for my usual piecing. But Niagara works great if you need a lot of stiffness.
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    I use spray sizing. I never prewash the fabrics. Just before I am ready to cut, I spray with sizing and iron. It gives the fabrics nice body.

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    Starch??

    If you spray starch on one side of your fabric, let it soak in, then turn the fabric over and press that side, you won't get the white flakes. If you want it stiffer, spray the side you just pressed, let it soak in, flip it over and press the other side. If you are cutting bias for binding you might want to starch your fabric three times before cutting it. It'll be quite stiff, but that bias will not stretch.

    Sharon Schambers uses spray starch on her bindings. If the fabric has starch on it it will stick together, it's easily peeled apart if you need to. Then she'll use glue to attach the binding to the quilt, heat set = NO PINS. I've found that Best Press does not act this way. I do like that Best Press comes in an Unscented.
    Last edited by fireworkslover; 04-24-2012 at 08:53 PM. Reason: added more

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    Quote Originally Posted by schoolteacher View Post
    I have used Niagara---find it O.K. but worry about buildup. Now I am trying Best Press--I like it but wish I could get a "finer" spray. I like it for the crispness that it gives. I have also used a mixture of vodka and water. I like it but don't get a real crisp feel to the block. Am going to try more vodka and less water next time. I have not used sta-flo yet. If you search for starching on this site, you will find many opinions.
    Use a pump hairspray bottle. Most of them have a very fine spray.

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    I have used Niagra Heavy spray starch and Magic Sizing for years. I recently tried Mary Ellen's Best Press and it is by far my favorite. It doesn't flake on dark fabrics like the starch does.

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