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Thread: What kind of starch do you use?

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    Super Member ania755's Avatar
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    I do realize that starch is very importent....
    The niagara is expensive for me (out of US) so I use it only on "top quality" quilts....others wise....whatever I can find or make
    The more you starch, the stiffer it will get...and it does make a lot of difference and easier to quilt on.....
    Good question

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    I used to use Niagra only. Then I discovered liquid starch at Wal Mart. I now use it - it is SO much cheaper. I have not even used a whole bottle yet. I put some in a spray bottle (maybe 4 oz) and fill the rest with water, use half of it and then refill with water. It lasts a long time and does a good job. I iron my fabric and my clothes with it. Never had it go bad. Obviously, the more starch in the bottle the stiffer the fabric.

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    what do you mean - go bad ?

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    I just discovered Mary Ellen's Best Press. I got the Lavender scent at my LQS and really like it. Nice crisp feel to the fabric and no flaking. I paid a little over 8 dollars and just found out that one of the other LQS's will refill for $5. They usually carry 2 or 3 scents. I have had mine for about 1 month and haven't used even half of it yet.

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    I used liquid make it yourself starch when I was doing a convergence quilt of Ricky Tims. My lines were so much straighter and the intersections really met well. I was very pleased with the result.

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    Just found the Mary Ellens gallon size on Amazon for $29.39 + $6.95 shipping.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=12522627...s%2Ci%3Agarden

    I usually use Niagra. No specific reason, it just what I always used.

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    That's a really good price. Although I wasn't buying any (recently bought my gallon elsewhere), I went through the steps to see what the final price would be. The link through Amazon is for joann's, so I would have to pay tax as they have stores in NY. Total price, with shipping and tax, was a little over $39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funquilter
    what do you mean - go bad ?
    I have had Sta-Flo starch get moldy after being mixed with water and left out for days. It would probably last longer in the frig.

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    Faultless, lavender scent,heavy starch just makes your iron flow makes ironing fun if possible. :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    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.
    If I'm going to starch fabric, I always starch before cutting. If I'm starching a large piece of fabric (say, for a backing), I mix a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo and water, lay the fabric on my kitchen island, and use a wall painting brush to saturate the fabric. I toss it in the dryer, and then iron with steam. It would work being hung out to dry too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estherblair
    Faultless, lavender scent,heavy starch just makes your iron flow makes ironing fun if possible. :D :D :D

    I had a bad experience with this battle.... It wasn't spraying...there was plenty of foam getting out of it anytime I squeezed......

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    I use Faultless, I love the crispness it gives the blocks.

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