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Friday, July 27, 2012

Starch: I want to know!

What I DO know:
**Best Press is good stuff. I've used it. It also is not easy to come by sometimes and is a bit pricey for some people.

**Spray starch is best in a non-arousal can...such as Niagra.

What I NEED to know:

**What are your starch alternatives? What do you like to use BESIDES Best Press and Niagra, etc.

**What are your homemade recipes?

**My sewing student makes a HUGE mess with starch but I make her starch her triangles. After just a few triangles today I spent the evening cleaning my blackened iron and washing my ironing board cover. Help me please!

**We found that the Corn starch/vodka/water recipe is just as messy and flaky as regular starch. What do you use that doesn't flake? (Besides Best Press.)

What I do NOT need to know:

**How to use liquid starch for applique. Got it! Unless you do some method completely out of the ordinary.

What would be FUN to know:

**Other uses for starch.
         ---Here is one for you: soak fabric in it and then apply to the wall like wall paper. It is easily removed with water. I once did entire walls of burlap at a church using this method. It was for the children's dept. We gave each room a burlap wall for a bulletin board. All applied with liquid starch.


Vroomans' Quilts said...

For the price and the mess - I rather buy my starch. Best Press is pricey, but I get it with a 50% coupon and cut it in half - and I prefer to put it in a spritz bottle (dollar store) as you get better control of the spray. I have been also using Faultless. They have several strengths - I have the lite (like it with paper piecing) and the heavy (those stretchy fabrics and patterns with lots of bias edges).

Belinda said...

Well, *smirky grin* I've never used it in sewing. I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time. Guess I need to get with the program huh? Interested to see what comments you get on this. ;)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I've never used starch either...exactly what help is it? Call me Like Belinda, things seem to work without it; so far...haha. Maybe it would be much easier if I did use it????

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I use the kind in an aerosal can. I put down a scrap piece of Muslim on the ironing board first, then spray away. When I am all done, I fold the muslim up for next time. Or Magic Sizing does a pretty good job too.

Me and My Stitches said...

I use Best Press sometimes but as a rule I stick with Magic Sizing. It costs 97 cents a can at Wal-Mart - can't beat that price!

Wilma NC said...

The only time I use starch is when I do applique with the starch and mylar method. I have Best press that I received for gifts but never use.

Linda said...

Hmm, I've only used spray starch a couple of times in quilting. I find it to be one more step I don't think makes a huge difference in my quilts. Now my quilts are simple so that may be why it doesn't matter much. Maybe if I did some really hard blocks I would need it. Hmm, the other consideration is that the starch I purchased is a cheap dollar store find. lol I didn't know there were better quality ones out there specific to quilting. I am curious to know what you all use too. lol My iron is all dirty from that cheap starch too. How does one clean that off an iron?

krisgray said...

I follow a quilting discusion forum and they talk a lot about starching. Here's one link to starch recipes...

krisgray said...

here's an other thread on recipes:

krisgray said...

here's a recent post about all that staining that happens to the ironing bod cover -

beaquilter said...

I love BEST PRESS lavender :-) I buy the big refill bottle on or maybe it was amazon.
I stay away from niagara it leaves the white stuff, and I've tried my own stuff and don't care for it either..... so I totally answered what you didn't want to see, nothing new :-)
I really only use the best press when I iron the fabrics before use, after that they are pretty good. But if I plan on appliqueing a hexie flower one day I will try it or email you and see how you do it..

Fiona said...

I buy a home brand aerosol spray and find it works fine for me and I haven't noticed any residue.... I did look up recipes as I am keen on making my own stuff - one place cooked up the cornstarch mixture and said that helped??? I never saw any with vodka... maybe you are supposed to drink it and then you don't notice any problems?

Snoodles said...

LOL Love Fiona's tip to drink the vodka instead of putting it in the recipe. Haha! I'm watching the comments because I don't have anything new and different to add to the discussion! :)

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

I love Best Press too. I have three little bottles. #1 is full strength Best Press and #2 is half and half -- Half water and half Best Press, because most of the time I do not need full strength starch to press the triangles or whatever I am pressing. And #3 is just plain water -- because sometimes you need to just wet the fabric before pressing and before starching.
I like Fiona's idea too! Although I don't like Vodka!
Enjoy your day!