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Thread: Your favorite starch method, starch formula or starch alternative?

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    I love Mary Ellen's Best Press but I find it is extraordinarily expensive.

    Would love to hear from those who have preferred starch products or methods . . . . what do you use and why do you prefer it? Do you make your own formula and can you share?

    I think I may need to learn how to make my own starch formula or starch-alternative formula as a budget-stretcher and would be so grateful for help from all you experts. Please post your ideas and preferences.

    thanks!
    Wendy 8-)

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    I use Sta-flo mixed 50/50 with water. I like it cause it's cheap and easy to find.

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    I mix Niagara non aerosol spray starch with water. It comes out just like I want -I like the smell of the lavender one, too. I do keep one bottle unmixed to spray the backing before sandwiching. No aerosols here if they can be avoided.

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    I like the Best Press as well. I find it at Fleet Farm. It is less expensive there than at the quilt shop (around $5.00) and about as expensive as using a coupon at Joann's without the 20 mile round trip. Winner!!!

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    I like Sta-Flo. You can dilute several ways and it's a lot cheaper than the spray.

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    Liquid starch, half n half (water) kept in refrigerator.

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    I make my own. It's extremely economical, no preservatives, additives or perfumes, and it's super easy to make with just cornstarch and water, so I always have the ingredients on hand when I need to starch.

    Put 1 - 3 tsps. cornstarch in 2 cup pyrex measuring cup.
    Add a small amount of room temp water and stir to dissolve cornstarch.
    Pour in 1 cup boiling water and stir well.
    Add 1 cup room temp water and stir.
    Pour into spray bottle.
    Shake well before each spray.

    This will last about a week. It has no preservatives, so it will go bad after about 7 - 10 days. I never have a problem with that because I usually use the whole bottle before the week is up. If I know I only need a small amount, I half the recipe.

    Works wonderfully. The more cornstarch you use, the stiffer your fabric will be, so it's very adjustable to your own preferences. :D

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    I purchase the spray cans at Walmart of Dollar Tree for $1 each :D:D:D

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    I like the Stay flo - liquid concentrate. I can mix to what ever my needs are . Much cheaper than spray ! I like to immerse my fabrics so the fibers really get saturated. Then I let dry on a drying rack.
    For those times whn I have not thought ahead and its only a little piece , I use the mixed starch in a spray bottle.
    If you like the smell of some of the best press, you can add a fragrense to your own custom blend. I call mine Chanel # 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgapeStitches
    I use Sta-flo mixed 50/50 with water. I like it cause it's cheap and easy to find.
    Yep, Mine too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgapeStitches
    I use Sta-flo mixed 50/50 with water. I like it cause it's cheap and easy to find.
    Ditto!

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    I started my first starch applique project 2 weeks ago and I am using Niagra NON AEROSOL original spray starch ( like Irishrose above) . I just pour a little in a cup.I don't dilute it though. Never thought of it...but might now try it :) It works ok. I too want to try Mary Ellen's but the only place I found to buy it locally is expensive and in a scent I would find unpleasant. I may buy from Amazon just to give it a try.

    It's a great method though. I can see myself doing more applique now that I've tried this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneG
    I make my own. It's extremely economical, no preservatives, additives or perfumes, and it's super easy to make with just cornstarch and water, so I always have the ingredients on hand when I need to starch.

    Put 1 - 3 tsps. cornstarch in 2 cup pyrex measuring cup.
    Add a small amount of room temp water and stir to dissolve cornstarch.
    Pour in 1 cup boiling water and stir well.
    Add 1 cup room temp water and stir.
    Pour into spray bottle.
    Shake well before each spray.

    This will last about a week. It has no preservatives, so it will go bad after about 7 - 10 days. I never have a problem with that because I usually use the whole bottle before the week is up. If I know I only need a small amount, I half the recipe.

    Works wonderfully. The more cornstarch you use, the stiffer your fabric will be, so it's very adjustable to your own preferences. :D
    This is my method also, as, I do not like aerosol cans or spray adhesives...very sensitive to fumes, not matter how light they are.

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