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Thread: Where do you starch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Thank you for asking this question. I was just going to post. I avoid starching because I do not want my ironing board sticky or the wooden floor.
    I had to laugh at the floor comment. If I don't get mine mopped today someone is liable to get stuck in the middle of the sewing room! I was starching quilt back last night and I can see starch spots all over it!

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    I starch mine over the bathtub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I don't mind the ironing cover getting starchy. No big deal to me. I either wash it or get a new cover. I use a big board for pressing yardage and a Steady Betty for pressing quilt blocks and pieces.
    What's a Steady Betty?

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    I startch mine o the ironing board and when it starts getting stiff I throw it in the washer.

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    I don't use spray starch, I use the one Hancock's carries,in an atomizer bottle. That helps control where the starch goes. I also use a pillowcase over my ironing board. Easy to wash and dry, unlike a towel.

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    where is very interesting but as a newbie, when do you spray????

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    what is a steady betty?

    darlene

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    /wow Nabobw...that quilt is fantastic.........

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    I put down an old sheet folded several times, does the trick.

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    I always cut out a piece of fabric about the size of the area of my ironing board where I iron the most. I do a zigzag stitch around the edgings and then pin in with small safety pins onto my ironing board. When this gets dirty, I can wash or make another one. It saves my ironing board cover - sort seems redundant, but I like doing it this way. - Cynthia

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    I have apiece of muslin that I use when using starch. I just throw it into the washer when it gets grungy.

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    I starch on my ironing board, or on my ironing pad directly right
    of my machine. I buy a piece of what I call 'decorator fabric"
    maybe what some would call upholstery fabric. It is thicker
    but no nap. I use that wherever I am going to press. I press
    most all seams, so there is a lot of overspray. When it gets to
    feeling stiff I just put it through the laundry and it is good to go
    again. They do wear out in time but much cheaper to replace
    than an ironing board cover or ironing pad.

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    What is a Steady Betty?

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    I never thought about overspray until I nearly killed myself slipping on the starchy floor under where I had sprayed. My floor didn't get sticky, it got super slippery.
    I use Best Press and spray carefully now.

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    I hang fabric over the shower curtain in the bath room, spray and leave to dry over night, then iron the following day. Takes planning and self discipline, but I can do it if I make up my mind.

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    I still don't know what a Steady Betty is...

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    I don't. It's not really 'fashionable' here - maybe it will catch on.

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    In the washing machine. I use a concentrate and starch all of my fabric at once.

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    I lay it out on my dining room table, spray starch the back, iron the front.

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    I bought some spray stuff at my LQS, you use instead of regular starch, I forgot the name of it, but has anyone else used it? its kind of pricey, but I thought I would try it. Regular starch leaves such a bad residue on the fabric so I thought I would try this stuff. I think its new.

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    Why....are my wrinkles showing?!?

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    A Steady Betty is a special ironing surface - it "grips " the fabric to hold it while you press it. Available in 12"x12"
    They also sell grippers to put under your foot pedal. Google "what is a steady betty" to get to the website.

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    dh installed a couple kitchen cabinets w/a countertop in my studio... i toss an old towel on that & starch away...if i'm working with a light fabric, i use one of those white towels you can buy to embroider... cause the dark towel sometimes leave lint on my fabric... and it irks me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by karate lady
    where is very interesting but as a newbie, when do you spray????
    When? Every time I start a new quilt. Before I even think about cutting the fabric I starch it, ALOT! I went through two cans on 12 yards of fabric this morning. Yes I use ALOT of starch. and if ya want the truth its still not as stiff as I would like. After it is sprayed I fold it up and let it sit for awhile. If I have time I will iron it damp with a dry iron until it is dry. However. I am really impatient so I normally hang the wet fabric over something with a fan on it so it drys faster and then I turn the steam on when I iron!

    I myself think it is easier to accurately cut fabric that has been starched really well. However I am sure there are quilters out there who cute more accurately than myself without any starch at all.

    I'll stick to starching my fabric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Like you, I just spray starch on my ironing board. I've never noticed any problems from it.



    I love your avatar where did you find it???

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