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Old 02-19-2021, 09:01 AM
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Iíve recently started starching my fabric before beginning a new project. Itís just wonderful! I put the yardage in half Sta-Flo, half water, wring it out, let dry, and iron. I love the ease it brings to my quilting!

Iíd rather not use spray starch because I feel immersing the fabric gives it better coverage. However, I wring out the excess starch before drying and this makes the fabric very wrinkled - so much so that I canít iron it out.

is there a better way? TY
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Old 02-19-2021, 10:44 AM
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Other then ironing it dry, I can’t think of any other way to remove starch wrinkles. Cover your ironing board with freezer paper before ironing wet starched fabric to protect it. Once the paper gets nasty, peel it off and put down a new layer of freezer paper.
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Old 02-19-2021, 11:27 AM
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I don’t know. Dunking the fabric in a starch solution sounds like a lot of starch. I used to make up a starch with boiling water and cornstarch. 2 cups water to 1 teaspoon cornstarch? It had a few different options. Light, medium and heavy starch. I used this technique for years. Now I’m happy to just iron with a little steam. Always have used the Rowenta iron. I do have a water spritzer bottle I used. It’s the one the hairdressers use.
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I also do full immersion of my fabric to starch. I put it in the washing machine spin cycle (no water) to remove excess liquid, then hang the fabric and press while still slightly damp. If I can't press it before it fully dries, I slightly mist with water before pressing.
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Old 02-19-2021, 12:23 PM
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I use spray starch and spray the fabric wet. I have a full bath in my sewing room and never use the shower so that is where I spray it and let it dry on a laundry rack in the shower. It never gets too wrinkly. It's getting hard to find real spray starch, it's all fabric spray now.
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Old 02-19-2021, 02:19 PM
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I use to use spray sizing. Got tired of the gunky iron. I never use starch just spray with a spray bottle, iron removes any and all wrinkles.
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When I want a heavy starch I do like indycat: immerse, then use the spin cycle of the washing machine to remove excess.
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Old 02-19-2021, 04:11 PM
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i also like to starch my fabric before starting a project or cutting. When my fabric gets wrinkly from starch, I just steam iron it. It's usually a big enough piece that I don't mind steaming it before cutting. Sometimes it will remove all the wrinkles, sometimes a lot of them.
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Old 02-19-2021, 04:30 PM
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When I'm ready to iron my fabric after starching, I simply use a spray bottle of water and spray, works great, if a wrinkle won't come out, simply spray again, at least this is what works for me.
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Old 02-19-2021, 04:38 PM
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I spray starch most of my fabrics and put it on a drying rack until it is completely dry (usually takes over night) and then iron it. It works best this way for me.
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