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Thread: steam or dry when ironing startch?

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    That's my question
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    I tend to use steam until the water runs out, then dry. lol

    Although, if the starch is wet, it will create its own steam.

    Just be careful not to stretch the fabric by pushing the iron across it.

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    I have a VERY old iron that I searched & searched for at antique shops & it gets so hot it will cook an egg! So I spritz a little bit of water on before I press & wha la it's done. Nothing like old irons! Don't like all the new fancy ones because they spit & leak all over the place.

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    I still do better with the iron on regular steam - not heavy steam. Dry just doesn't do what I want.

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    Thank you all very much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I tend to use steam until the water runs out, then dry. lol
    Similar to my method. It's such long trek to the sink. Or I'm just lazy :mrgreen:

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    If I use steam, it comes from water spritzed from a bottle and then ironed. I never, never put water in my iron because I've had too many that leaked and spit and sputtered ugly water on things after a few uses. My new iron has never had water in it to prevent that from happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    That's my question
    (I wanna make sure people know by the title what I'm talking about :wink: :wink: ;) :thumbup: )
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    Thank you for doing that! See? I read it.

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    [quote=Kitsie]
    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    That's my question
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    Thank you for doing that! See? I read it.[/quoLOL
    LOL!!!!! I am more than happy to accommodate :thumbup:
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    I steam the wilikers out of everything, starch or not. But I am careful not to stretch the fabric when I press.

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    I also use a spray bottle, because I don't like the way they spit a sputter, leak. And I have a very old steam dry Presto that is wonderful.

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    I love the idea of NOT putting water in the iron, I had when I first bought but I won't again. It's a cheapie from Walmart and I wanna see how long it can last
    Thank you everyone!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    If I use steam, it comes from water spritzed from a bottle and then ironed. I never, never put water in my iron because I've had too many that leaked and spit and sputtered ugly water on things after a few uses. My new iron has never had water in it to prevent that from happening.
    ditto for me. And I prefer dry iron for starched fabric.

    Laurie

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    steam can make the starch pretty yukky sometimes. i always use a dry iron regardless of what i am pressing -- if i need a little steam i use a spray bottle and give the fabric a spritz---but never when using starch or sizing; they are wet enough and added moisture increases the possibility of flaking and gooey stuff

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    I iron dry with starch.
    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    That's my question
    (I wanna make sure people know by the title what I'm talking about :wink: :wink: ;) :thumbup: )
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    I like to iron starch after the starch is dry, so I iron with steam. The steam reactivates the starch just enough. I don't like ironing starch while it is wet, as I often scorch the starch then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I like to iron starch after the starch is dry, so I iron with steam. The steam reactivates the starch just enough. I don't like ironing starch while it is wet, as I often scorch the starch then.
    I ditto that response. If the fabric is dry I use steam, if there is still an even amount of mosture , then I use a dry iron. If its really wet from starch ... I let it dry a bit more. Its always best to let the starch absorb into the fabric.

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    I think either will work. I used to avoid steam, but just got a new iron that does steam really well, so I use it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I tend to use steam until the water runs out, then dry. lol
    Similar to my method. It's such long trek to the sink. Or I'm just lazy :mrgreen:
    I keep a personal sized (16 oz) bottle of water in a shelf in my sewing room so I can fill my iron when it runs out. get a couple of fills out of it.

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    Dry, if I remember to switch.

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    I also let the starch dry before pressing, and spritz if needed.

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    I have one of those new irons that have a water tank separate from the iron, it's great for steaming and does not spit because you have no water in the iron itself. Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    I have a VERY old iron that I searched & searched for at antique shops & it gets so hot it will cook an egg! So I spritz a little bit of water on before I press & wha la it's done. Nothing like old irons! Don't like all the new fancy ones because they spit & leak all over the place.
    I feel the same way you do. I bought a dry iron from Country Store in Vermont and love to use it. No spitting, no leaking, just ironing and pressing! Sometimes our new and improved are just new - not improved!

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    I use a dry iron w starch. Also use it dry all the time due distortions that can occur w steam.

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    I use a dry iron when I use starch.

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