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Thread: What kind of starch/sizing do you like to use?

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    I have used Magic Sizing per Karen Kay Buckley. I think I will try the cornstarch recipe, I would never run out.

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    I use the Mary Ellen"s. I lucked out big time at our local Hancock. They mismarked it at 3.00 a bottle and I bought everything they had on the floor and what they had in the back. Sometimes it pays when there are inexperienced people working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl
    I was wondering if any of you had a preferred brand of starch?

    I like to use the non aerosol type to help with ironing to get out some of the wrinkles out after I have washed new fabric. I also use it when I am working with pattern pieces that have bias edges to keep them from stretching and also for some of the applique pieces so that they hold their shape while handling.

    I have tried to find starch powder so that I can mix my own but after asking at a lot of different stores, I just can't find it. I do have a bottle of Mary Ellen's Best Press that I got from my LQS and it is one of the nicest I have used but since I use so much, the price is a little too high for me for the volume that I would need - I go through a lot. Right now I am trying Niagara and it seems to be ok.

    What do you use?
    Am sorry to come in with a query slightly off the mark -----when you starch does this not make the starched/ironed fabric more likely to crease badly when being handled for quilting -------especially hand quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayday
    Am sorry to come in with a query slightly off the mark -----when you starch does this not make the starched/ironed fabric more likely to crease badly when being handled for quilting -------especially hand quilting.
    No.

    For hand quilting, you probably wouldn't bother to starch the backing fabric. The main reason for starching the backing fabric heavily is to prevent puckers when machine quilting.

    Light starching is all that most people do when piecing tops, as it helps keep the piecing more accurate.

    Starched fabric really does not crease any more than unstarched fabric does -- maybe less. The starch breaks down a little as fabric is handled.

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    I've tried several, but Maryellens is the best. I buy a large bottle and refill my small spray bottle --its the best I've ever used!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by mayday
    Am sorry to come in with a query slightly off the mark -----when you starch does this not make the starched/ironed fabric more likely to crease badly when being handled for quilting -------especially hand quilting.
    No.

    For hand quilting, you probably wouldn't bother to starch the backing fabric. The main reason for starching the backing fabric heavily is to prevent puckers when machine quilting.


    thank you for the above.

    Light starching is all that most people do when piecing tops, as it helps keep the piecing more accurate.

    Starched fabric really does not crease any more than unstarched fabric does -- maybe less. The starch breaks down a little as fabric is handled.

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    Best press without a doubt has changed ironing for me forever!! It's awesome and you really don't need but a very light spritz, last a lot long than you might think. Hancocks in this area recently had on special 4.99.

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    I use dollar store brand. God bless. Penny

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    Is there anyone from England here who can tell me which starch we can buy here???

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