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TOPIC: Recipe for making your own Spray Starch Cheaply

Re: I have never starched fabric for piecing! 09 Apr 2009 23:58 #34226

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EditorAnne wrote:
I'm not sure what the point would be. Because the paper stabilizes the fabric, you don't need the stabilizing influence of starch. Unless I'm missing something . . . .

Anne in Vancouver, Canada


The paper doesn't stablize the fabric until you get it sewn to the paper. When you are cutting your triangles out, all your bias edges can strecth if you don't handle them carefully. By starching your fabric before you cut, you reduce the chance that the bias will stretch when you pick up your triangle pieces. On some lighter weight fabrics, it doesn't take much to stretch it.

Also, there is a chance that when you remove your paper, you can stretch your fabric if you aren't careful. I was noticing on the feathered star, that there are still some edges that aren't sewn until you get it all together and add the setting triangles. When you remove the paper from each of the sections, you could stretch some of those edges. By starching your fabric, it is less likely to stretch on you.

I never used to starch my fabric, until a friend of mine suggested it. Once I tried it, I won't make a quilt with out starching my fabric. It is just so much easier to handle, and even pieces that aren't cut on the bias seem to go together better with starch than with out.

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01 Apr 2009 03:28 #33902

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Margo wrote:
Anne, I starched all of my fabrics for the BOM, just to know that all of the fabrics have been treated the same. If I had not starched the PP blocks, but did all the rest, parts of the quilt top would be stiff and some would be limp. I do it for continuity.

Ahh! That makes sense. :)

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31 Mar 2009 07:38 #33873

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Anne, I starched all of my fabrics for the BOM, just to know that all of the fabrics have been treated the same. If I had not starched the PP blocks, but did all the rest, parts of the quilt top would be stiff and some would be limp. I do it for continuity.


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Re: I have never starched fabric for piecing! 30 Mar 2009 23:36 #33861

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I have a quilter in my group who starches. I just don't like any steps that I can't really see the benefit. BUT, I think I'm going to have to try it. Do you think it would make a difference when paper foundation piecing? I guess I'll have to try it and see. Since I use freezer paper, it will be interesting to see how the starched fabric folds. And being a hand quilter, is it harder to quilt?

I'm not sure what the point would be. Because the paper stabilizes the fabric, you don't need the stabilizing influence of starch. Unless I'm missing something . . . .

Anne in Vancouver, Canada

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a different starch question 30 Mar 2009 14:44 #33844

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Has anyone ever used Faultless Powder starch? What were your results?
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30 Mar 2009 12:50 #33843

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Susan, did you watch today's episode #407 with Elsie Campbell? She really recommends starching, and is an award winning hand quilter. She is a TQS member, and you can send her an e-mail asking how the starch works with hand quilting. If you do, please let us know what she says!


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I have never starched fabric for piecing! 30 Mar 2009 12:26 #33842

I have a quilter in my group who starches. I just don't like any steps that I can't really see the benefit. BUT, I think I'm going to have to try it. Do you think it would make a difference when paper foundation piecing? I guess I'll have to try it and see. Since I use freezer paper, it will be interesting to see how the starched fabric folds. And being a hand quilter, is it harder to quilt?
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Prefer sizing over starch 30 Mar 2009 07:22 #33839

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I, too, use Magic Spray Sizing instead of starch because

1. It doesn't attract silverfish &

2. I love the smell.

If I ever get busted for drugs, it will be for "huffing" spray sizing!

LOL,

BethMI
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29 Mar 2009 19:51 #33827

Kathy
To clean your iron with fabric sheets I heat my iron up on the cotton setting then iron across afew fabric sheets or you can rub the fabric sheets across the iron but try not to burn yourself in the process of doing this.

Margo
I didn't have any problem with the sta flo souring either and I used the same bottle for two weeks also. I like using this startch for small piecing. I've learnt the feeling of having scorched fingure tips,' ouchy' because I had never used such small piecing before
this bom quilt with starching.Quilting can be painful!lol. I have my quilt pinned but have had alot going on with my sister plus now my tummy is so darn sore from the colonoscopy.The other colonoscopys didn't effect me like this one,I'm very sore. Plus I'm still feeling acheyness from the spasms. I wanna sew!!!! I need to Sew Soon!!!!

Take Care everyone, Kathy Samson
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28 Mar 2009 19:52 #33816

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Kathy, that is how I did mine too!! There are photos on my Webshots album.

http://good-times.webshots.com/album/569871038PKjhFR?vhost=good-times


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Spray Starch 28 Mar 2009 07:15 #33810

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Katazzz, you mentioned useing fabric sheets for cleaning the starch from your iron. Can you tell me how you do this?

Also, I have just started using spray sizing for stabilizing, and I love it, especially for triangles. What I usually do is spray the fabric before I cut my pieces, and then lightly spray the cut pieces again, when I press my seams. Can anyone tell me the difference in stability between the starch and sizing?

Thank you!
Kathy
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28 Mar 2009 04:51 #33807

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Made a purse last weekend that called for me to spray starch the fabrics. WOW what a difference, I'm sold.

I had a bottle of Staflo - god knows for how long, mixed it 50:50 with water in a spray bottle. I'm a convert.

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12 Feb 2009 07:32 #32303

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I think the Sta-Flo must have some kind of preservative in it. I've left mine in the spray bottle for over a week, and never had a problem with it getting sour or moldy.


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11 Feb 2009 23:07 #32291

I use the Sta Flo starch but I use hot tap water and shake it up good I never put mine in the re frigerator because I only make up what I will use for the day. I guess it could sour after afew days if you made to much up at a time and this would not be good. I like the Stay Flo. I use fabric sheets if my iron get icky to it works great. Kathy
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