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Thread: Starch???

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    Senior Member SandySews's Avatar
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    Starch???

    What is your favorite starch to use on your fabrics after washing them? Do you starch once or more??
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    If I don't have Best Press, I use Niagara....
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    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.

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    I use Faultless. It works pretty good.
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    I use sizing. Get it at Walmart for $1.00 a can.

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    I use Stay Flo starch concentrate. I can mix different "custom " strenghts depending on my needs. I can only find it at Walmart. It 's in a blue plastic jug . The key to starch is to let it soak into the fibers, before ironing. Often I let it hang dry over night if I am using a strong mixture.
    In a pinch I will use an airasol then its usually Niagra with a hint of lavender , very nice delicate smell.

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    I love Best Press - it's all I use anymore.

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    I use Best press and stay-flo depending on strength I need. I put stay-flo in a garden sprayer and use in my bathtub with a plastic liner (so I can wash it and not have all that starch clog the drain).
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    Niagra and usually one spray is all I ever need. Unless it's for a crisp table runner, table cloth or doillies!
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    Niagra or Faultless. I cant see spending so much money on Best Press when cheaper ones do the same job. I just let it set a few seconds to absorb so that it doesn't get the white residue on it.
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    I only use Best Press. I buy it from JoAnns.com with a 50% off coupon.

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    I love Niagra in the squirt bottle - and recenty I picked up some that has a lavender scent - VERY nice! I have Sta-Flo too, and will mix some of that up in the empty Niagra squirt bottle if I need to, but because its sans the smell I don't like it as much now - lol - but it does the job well too.

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    been using Niagra for 45+ years- my mother & grandmother both used it-
    i generally only need one spraying- and i do not automatically starch fabrics after washing- if i am pressing/ironing to remove wrinkles from the laundry process i spritz my fabric with water in a spray bottle. if i need to add stiffness to achieve a good cut then i use starch.
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    I use Magic Heavy Starch, and Magic Sizing too. Depending on what I am needing~
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    Sta-Flo for me too, usually 50/50 with water in a spray bottle. I love the Best Press too (Carribbean Beach, mmmm), but I do all my initial starching with the Sta-Flo. I try to let it dry overnight too and Walmart is the only place I've found it as well.

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    I don't want to add scent to my fabric, so use Best Press unscented. I bought a gallon jug and am currently shopping for a fine spray bottle since I dropped my BP bottle and broke off part of the cap. The spray still works, thank goodness. When I starch, I always leave the item to dry well before pressing.
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    best press, but I don't wash

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    I use Best Press and I buy it by the gallon from Mary Ellen's website. You can get free shipping. If you mix it with 3 parts Best Press and 1 part water it lasts longer and you get the same results.

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    I prefer the Niagara non aerosol. More like Best press without the big price tag. I get it at Walmart

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    I'm a Best Press fan. A little goes a long way. Use it on clothing.
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    Niagra non-aerosol. Even my kids like the smell.

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    Best press

    Sta-flo - mainly for piecing
    1 c sta-flo
    1 c water
    1 c febreeze lavendar scent

    Niagra liquid spray

    Ill use anyone of the above but sta flo is the one i use the most, cheaper in the long run- i use alot of it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I use Stay Flo starch concentrate. I can mix different "custom " strenghts depending on my needs. I can only find it at Walmart. It 's in a blue plastic jug . The key to starch is to let it soak into the fibers, before ironing. Often I let it hang dry over night if I am using a strong mixture.
    In a pinch I will use an airasol then its usually Niagra with a hint of lavender , very nice delicate smell.

    Same for me.

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    Best Press first, and Niagara second.

    Anikta in Northfield, MN

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    I use sta flo concentrated. Depending on what my project is, I dip the fabric and let it dry. It is much like a board then and is great to work with if you have lots of bias to deal with. It all washes out in the end, so I have never had any problems with it.

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