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Thread: What is the starch and press method?

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    Junior Member bea2's Avatar
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    What is the starch and press method?

    In applique, what is the starch and press method? Do you still stitch the applique?
    I hope you don't think this is a dumb question. I've only needle turned applique before.

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    Senior Member Daffy Daphne's Avatar
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    First, there are no dumb questions! In the starch and press I use, you use a q-tip to run a thin line of liquid starch (or sizing) around the edges of the turn-under allowance of your applique pieces, and then press them dry over either a heat resistant template or freezer paper shape. This gives you nice crisp edges to stitch down, with all curves smoothed out before you begin sewing. There is quite a bit of prep involved but I never have been able to get the hang of needle turn, so starch and press is the only way I enjoy doing applique.
    Last edited by Daffy Daphne; 04-07-2013 at 08:30 AM.

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