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Thread: Starching the quilt - Need specific advice....

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    EEEEEK! now you tell me!

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    That dahlia gets prettier every time I see it.

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    I don't use starch. I cut the piece I am concerned with then cut fusible interfacing a 1/4" smaller press it to the back turn over and place it correctly, then applique it. Hope this helps. It is really worth the effort.

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    I was told to be careful of using too much starch if you do not plan to wash your quilt because if you live in an area where silverfish are a problem, they love to eat the fabrics with spray starch in them. Has anyone ever heard anything about this or is it just some baloney thing?

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    I also use liquid spray starch. I believe you are making it too heavy. I usually use 2/3 water to 1/3 starch. I believe the reason you are getting flakes is because there is so much starch that hasn't disolved.

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    I think you are correct. I know they love heavily starched crochet dollies, Christmas ornaments etc.

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    Best Press is the answer. It is Mary Ellen's Best Press.
    I use it all the time in piecing. and for final press.

    It never flakes and also give a wonderful lavender scent to my work as I sew. On the internet and some stores it is expensive...$7.95 a bottle.

    However check Hancock Fabrics, I bout 8 bottles a few weeks ago on sale for less than $4 a bottle....they do this several times a year.

    They have it in other scents as well.
    Diana

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    try Mary Ellens "best press"....its made especially for quilting with no white residue...its lavender scented if your allergic???? A spray bottle goes along ways.

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    I posted Ellen's too, but haven't seen post so I will add.

    You can get it a Hancock Fabrics several times a year at less than half price.
    Reg. price is about 7.95-8.95 per bottle.
    I purchased 8 bottles for 3.79 several weeks ago.

    Call before you drive over....and ask the clerk to check their counter specials by the register. I was in the store and asked a clerk and she said that it was not on sale.

    When I checked out, there it was infront of her at the register with a big sign.
    Diana

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    Have you tried using a lint roller to remove the flaking starch after you press it, I use that and it seems to work just fine. I keep them handy for cleaning my ironing board, cutting board, work table, quilt squares, etc. I don't know what I would do if I ran out. I get the small ones also where the handle collapses into the roll and tuck one in my sewing bag when I go on a trip or to a quilting meeting, that way I always come away with clean clothes, clean work areas and nobody gets upset.

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    I use "Mary Ellen's Best Press" clear starch alternative. It's more expensive, but smells wonderful, doesn't have a residue and doesn't invite bugs to lunch like starch can if you don't wash it out! Best of all - stubborn wrinkles come right out - even the ones pressed in from being packed a drawer for too long.

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    Dear starching the quilt, You are on the right track!! I mix my starch same way, spray my pcs, and leave them under a ceiling fan on an old plastic table cloth to dry overnite. Next day I press them and mark if for applique or rotary cut them for reg pc work. By doing this pencil marks wash out and it is much easier to turn under for applique. When my quilt is finished I launder it as usual and all the starch and marks wash out!!

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    It now comes in 3 or 4 different ones besides Lavender and one of them is unscented. There is a pine one, lavender and I think a yellow one which I don't remember the name of the flower.

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    Caution about using liquid starch on your quilt. If you don't plan to wash it out of your quilt when you finish, keep in mind that the starch will tend to attract bugs when your quilt is stored (particularly silverfish).
    Try using a product called "Mary Ellen's Best Press". The JoAnn's here sells it. Works very well and has no white residue on your fabric.
    When I used to have to starch and iron shirts for work, I used spray starch that would cause the white residue problem you're having. Sometimes if you spray lightly and then give it a minute or two to sink in to the fabric that will help. Also spraying from one side of the fabric and then ironing from the other side helps, but that is unwieldy for a full quilt. Would help though if you were starching before assembling the blocks together.

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    Hello,
    I often thought of using starch. I was advised by a quilting group to use something called Magic Sizing. It has left no residue. It adds a light body,no stiffness. It is great for fabric that has been washed and has hard to remove wrinkles. One spray and once or twice over the fabric works great for me. It is also good if you need to fix an oops, you know? stretch and straighten a block slightly off.
    Oh,before I forget. I buy it at Walmart with the other starchs for .93 cents or at the Dollar tree for a dollar. It comes in a light blue can.
    Hope this helps.
    Christina (chrissy)B

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    It sounds as though there are a lot of quilters out there that rely on starch.
    I read somewhere that silverfish (those little bugs you find in the cellar) love starch. So, fabric or finished quilts that have been starched (and not laundered afterward) should not be stored in a basement or similar storage facility.
    Wouldn't you hate to find one of your works of art ruined by those little guys?

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