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Thread: What kind of starch do you use?

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    I use only niagara and I starch everything!

    I've tried sta flo and making my own, but I had tons of residue. The only kind i found that has no residue is NIagara. but, it may be different if you can find a pump sprayer. I couldn't find one around here.

    Lynette

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    I had cut many 5-inch squares and then decided they would be nicer and better if I sized or starched them.

    Maybe I got them too wet, at any rate, when I ironed them they stretched a bit.

    So - is there a "proper" way to use spray starch/sizing?

    When I was a kid, the whole garment was immersed in the starch mixture - remember that little blue wax thing that was melted in it? - and then hung out to dry - don't remember if that just hand-wrung or put through the wringers again.

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    I use Mary Ellen's Best Press. Expensive if you pay regular price. I don't pay the $8 or $9 (full retail) I get it at Hancock Fabrics for half price.
    The reason I use it on my quilts and clothing is that it never flakes when an iron hits it.....it comes in scents too. I always get the lavender. Love using it on pillow cases.
    Diana in Texas

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    I use Niagara Spray starch.

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    I use a mix your own all the time. Find it at your grocery liquid starch in a bottle. Mix 1/2 and 1/2 put in a spray bottle. Put more water for a not so stiff starch. Lasts quite a while. I usually mix so I do not have waste.


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    Hi, Niagra now makes a spray bottle of their starch that is environmentally friendly. There is also Linit Starch that comes in a big container that is in the grocery store. You mix it to the strenth desired and put it in a spray bottle that you can get at the dollar store. Hope this is helpful.

    Ellis' Granny B

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    I use Best Press Lavender.

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    I use the Mary Ellen's Best Press lavender for my qulting. I buy it at Mill End for $4.50 plus tax. Try some of the discount fabric stores. They are much more reasonable on things like this.

    Remember that fabric has more threads running the legnth and so that is the most stable way to press/iron. But, if you do iron the width go with the grain. I hope this helps you keep the fabric from going wonky on you from now on.

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    I have used both. I preferr any store brand liquid starch mixed 50-50 in a spray bottle. This does not stick to my iron or make the skin on my fingers peel.

    I get better coverage for quite a bit less money.

    If I want it stiffer I just use a little more liquid starch. I starch everything and I try to make my fabric really stiff.

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    Mary Ellen's Best Press Lavender

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    I have found Sta-Flo liquid starch in the detergent section of grocery store sold in a 2 qt light blue bottle. Contents--water, corn starch, borax, processing aids, preservative, ironing aid, and perfume. No color added
    Directions on label given to mix the how much "starch" you desire. I usually use a 1:1 ratio
    I mix as desired and put in a spray bottle. Once in a while the spray nozzle will dry up if I haven't used it in a while, but a quick soak of the sprayer in the sink remedies that problem.
    My sister, a nurse, used this years ago to starch her cap--remember when nurses wore caps! :lol:
    Hope you can find it and give it a try. A lot less expensive and don't have to mess with a pressurized can!

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    there was a thread on this issue a while back. and i think a while back from then, too. :lol: :lol: . it's an everlasting question.

    i make my own starch, from liquid, 50/50, and spray everything all the time,
    on the wrong side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunQuilter2
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I use the quilters starch from Mary Ellen Best Press, I always starch a block when I'm done with it. Gives such a crisp look
    Same here, altho it can be a bit pricey I only use it for my quilting material. Love it!!
    I love the way the starch handles on the fabric but I hate the way it comes out of the spray bottle - more spatter on the wall than on the fabric - BIG DROPS TOO! :cry:

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    I've used it in a can but I tried mixing my own... spray bottle + corn starch & water... Haven't used this homemade mixture enough to say whether it is just as good. I got the idea because I replaced my cooking spray with a spray bottle with Oil. I don't remember the measurements. I watered it down about 2x more than making gravy... if that makes sense. LOL.

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    I found I can purchase Niagara at the $ stores. Seems to be the same quality as I get from other stores for the same brand.

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    I use the concentrated liquid starch. Not only is the price of a single can of the spray starch, it's a whole lot cheaper.

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    I use Mary Ellen's Best Press. I have found it to be better than the one I mixed myself. I like the scents that it comes in. It also comes in non-scented.

    I too am concerned about the enviornment so I have worked my way out of spray cans.

    Kelly

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    Just read the latest issue of Quick Quilts. in which Nancy Smith & Linda milligan of "Possibilities" discusses this very subject.
    Lots of very importany and helpful tips about Starching.
    Maybe someone could scan and post here for all to read.

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    I bought Mary Ellens Best press. It is nice but wow how expensive. I will be looking in the grocery for another option too. Thanks.

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    I like Mary Ellen's Best Press, too.....lavender is my favorite. I use it for everything I "starch"

    Quote Originally Posted by peaceandjoy
    My preference is Mary Ellen's. I LOVE the Citrus and the Carribean Beach scents. Rose, lavendar, cherry blossom and unscented are also available. LQS quite often has a 16 oz spray bottle for about $8. I bought one, and since then have gotten the gallon refills. I find them online for about $40 - with shipping, it was close to $50! :oops: Or get two from another place when I am ordering from someplace else that is a little more but offers free shipping w/ $100 purchase.
    Oh---I have been looking for the gallon refills everywhere!!! Can you tell me where you got them?

    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Thanks I will have to try that. Does Joann's have it? 40% off coupons are great.
    I looked for it at JoAnn's and they did not sell it (maybe they have it in some locations...just not the store where I was looking).

    I did find the spray bottles at Hancock Fabrics...and got to use a coupon:-)

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    This is a recipe for spray starch that is very similar to "Best Press"--much cheaper. I use this all the time--it's great.
    Boil 1 quart water
    Dissolve 4 Tab liquid starch (Sta-flo) in 2 cups cold water and add this
    to the boiling water and return to boil.
    Then add 2 more cups of cold water--(you may add a bit of lavender water--I do). Put in spray bottle. Store remaining in cool place. Really not hard to make and lasts forever.
    This makes a light starch, use a little more Sta-flo for a heavier finish. You will find Sta-flo in the supermarket by the laundry products.

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    deltaquilter--
    does heating the water help disperse the starch better? Where do you find lavender water? Would an essential oil work as well? Thanks for the "recipe" :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    yes, I think boiling the water disperses the starch and probably keeps if from separating. I found some lavendar spray (used on bed linens) in a department store. Just takes a few drops. I wouldn't use an oil--may stain.

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    I got mine from a yahoo.com store (http://search.store.yahoo.net/cgi-bi...96748182234973). With shipping, it came to just under $50.

    It's also available from createforless.com - a little more per gallon, but if you spend $100, free shipping.

    Once in a blue moon, LQS will have refills, but only unscented. Even at $50 from above, it's quite a bit less than the 16 oz. bottles usually available at LQS.

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    I use Faultless Premiun Professional Starch. It seems to be the same as the very pricey one you can get at quilt shops. It has a gold lid and a gold bottomed can. I love this stuff. No flaking and no build up on my iron. I am on my 3rd can. I get it a Walmart. I spent a lot of money on that pricey stuff never again!

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