Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Your favorite starch method,  starch formula or starch alternative? >

Your favorite starch method, starch formula or starch alternative?

Your favorite starch method, starch formula or starch alternative?

Old 04-01-2011, 10:51 AM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 18
Default

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-)
woohoowendy is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 10:54 AM
  #2  
Super Member
 
AgapeStitches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Gastonia, NC
Posts: 1,021
Default

I use Sta-flo mixed 50/50 with water. I like it cause it's cheap and easy to find.
AgapeStitches is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 11:00 AM
  #3  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Cadillac, MI
Posts: 6,487
Default

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.
irishrose is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 11:04 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
PiecesinMn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MN
Posts: 448
Default

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!!!
PiecesinMn is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 11:20 AM
  #5  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 17,068
Default

I like Sta-Flo. You can dilute several ways and it's a lot cheaper than the spray.
sueisallaboutquilts is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 11:20 AM
  #6  
Super Member
 
OKLAHOMA PEACH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: BLANCHARD, OK
Posts: 2,502
Default

Liquid starch, half n half (water) kept in refrigerator.
OKLAHOMA PEACH is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 11:29 AM
  #7  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 525
Default

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
SuzanneG is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 11:36 AM
  #8  
Power Poster
 
amma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Out searching for some sunshine :-)
Posts: 58,857
Default

I purchase the spray cans at Walmart of Dollar Tree for $1 each :D:D:D
amma is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 12:18 PM
  #9  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Illinois
Posts: 9,312
Default

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.
Lori S is offline  
Old 04-01-2011, 03:21 PM
  #10  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 11,241
Default

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.
PaperPrincess is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
matraina
Main
48
05-14-2013 07:42 PM
craftychick
Main
46
04-25-2013 10:37 PM
jcrow
Main
11
09-02-2012 04:19 AM
1000projects
Tutorials
6
03-31-2012 11:48 AM
HomespunHandmaiden
Main
8
10-29-2011 01:33 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.