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Thread: Where do you starch?

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    Super Member justwannaquilt's Avatar
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    I normally always spray my fabric on my ironing board. However it makes my cover as stiff as a board. I need a new place.
    Where do YOU starch your fabric at?

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    Outside. Just fold in half..spray. Flip and spray again. Have new hardwood floors and don't want residue on flooring. Have also srayed in the garage too.

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    I use the concentrate , mix up a solution then put the fabric on a rack to dry. I get much more even results, by soaking or dipping.... no starch mess on the iron,or board cover. There is not always time to "pre-starch" so I do have a bit in a spray bottle , and spray on the reverse side of my cutting mat. It comes off with a damp cloth.

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    i have a retractable cloths line that spans the length of my sewing room.

    DH hung it up higher so i could walk underneath it without bending.

    i hang all my stuff there and spray.

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    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.

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    Outside on the clothesline, or if the weather is too bad, I hang the fabric over the shower curtain and starch it there.

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    I place a cover over the ironing board and then put the fabric on top of it. Then I spray the starch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I place a cover over the ironing board and then put the fabric on top of it. Then I spray the starch.
    This

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    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.

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    Like you, I just spray starch on my ironing board. I've never noticed any problems from it.

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    I put a large towel on my kitchen table and starch and press there.

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    My board cover doesn't really get stiff, but I use Best Press.

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    I use it right on the ironing board. never had any problems. It gets dirty get a new one or wash it. Just even put a new fabric right over the old.

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    I use my shape n press board covered with a pillowcase. When it's stiff I toss it in the laundry.

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    So I asked this question then went and put a new cover on my ironing board. I needed a new one anyways the cat decided he was going to climb the other one like a tree and ripped it. Anyways. I DON'T LIKE IT. LOL its not stiff and it feels "loose" or kinda fluffy. like I'm not pressing anything. So maybe the starch IS good on my ironing board cover. Thank goodness I have 12 yards of fabric to starch tomorrow. lol

    Thanks everyone for your replies!

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    I spray on my Ironing Board and wash the cover every couple of weeks.

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    Wow I always starched on my ironing board cover, never thought about it. Only use the board for sewing and quilting, I do not iron clothing, well maybe one or two pieces.

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    When doing a lot of starching, I hold the piece I am starching inside a garbage bag and spray. That is to keep the starch overspray off the ironing board and hardwood floors. You will be surprised at how much starch winds up on the floor, no matter how careful you are. Sometimes, I step outside to spray starch on to my fabric or garment.

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    I don't starch ever. Hate the mess too much!

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    I cover my ironing board and lay a sheet on the floor.

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    I went to Joann fabrics and bought 2 yards of the teflon material and put that over my ironing broad, just layed it on top, when I am sewing. Anything I spray gets sprayed on that so when I have to iron I take it off and my cover is good.

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    I have started soaking my fabric in a bowl with the concentrated starch that I mix up. if there is a little piece that needs to be starched i just use a small bowl or spray on the ironing board. but lately most the time i use the bowl method. it makes things go faster and less work and pain in my hands. used to spray in the bathroom but got tired of hubby complaining about the mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee110
    My board cover doesn't really get stiff, but I use Best Press.

    Same here. Don't have any problems with Best Press

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    I have an old large pillow case that I lay on my ironing board when I need to spray starch, when it gets too sticky I throw in in the washer.

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    I starch on my ironing board but I have two covers. So when one gets stiff I change it. Soak stiff one in amonia and hot water.

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