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    . . . . use starch? I didn't know about using starch on my very first project (and it looks rough LOL) but I want to see if it will make a difference for me on my second project. Starch isn't something I ever used even in ironing clothing so I'm clueless.

    Do you starch and press your fabric before you cut OR after you get it pieced in a block? Both? How hot do you set your iron? Steam or dry?

    Since it's most easily available to me, I just bought some Sta-Flo and a spray bottle, mixed it 50/50 and I'm ready to go . . . but I just need to know which direction to go with it LOL Is a 50/50 mix too strong? How stiff should my fabric wind up? Although, I did notice Niagra had a lovely smelling non-aerosol product on the shelves that I may just have to try.

    One more question: Am I asking too many questions? You all are such a helpful bunch and I certainly appreciate the advice I've gotten thus far.
    Renee

    Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle ~ Plato:)

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    I starch and iron the fabric before cutting. As to the ratio of starch to water, it's kind of up to you. Some use it full strength, some 50/50. I use my Rowenta on the hottest setting, but when using my vintage Sunbeam I set it one notch below. It gets hotter and the highest setting is too hot.

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      #3
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      I use Best Press, lightly mist, let it set about ten seconds, and press.
      pat.

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        #4
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        I use Best Press, let my blocks dry completely after pressing before moving them. Then they keep their shape and don't get wonky, even with bias edges.

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          #5
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          Niagra non aerosol is my favorite also. Inexpensive compared to some, but still cheaper to mix your own. I starch after cutting, especially if a bias cut was made, and once my block is finished. No steam and a cotton setting on my iron.
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            #6
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            I use Best Press as well.
            Thank you,

            Ginny K

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              #7
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              I use a 50/50 mix and spray the backside of fabric. I found it's best to let the fabric absorb the starch and then I will press. Usually I'll lightly roll and fold the fabric and stick it in a grocery bag because I probably won't get back to it right away and I don't want it to dry all the way, but if it does, I use some steam and it's all right. That's my optimum situation and it doesn't always get done.

              I like the Best Press, but it's hard to find around here and shipping is costly, so I mix my own.

              I like the starched fabric when I cut. Seems to help me get a straighter cut.

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                #8
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                I make my own from a recipe I got here on the forum. spray wait a min or 2. then press and let cool before moving
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                  #9
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                  There was a lady that lived next door when I was in my teens (many years ago) that sprayed hers, then put them in the freezer. Why I don't know. Didn't ask. Wasn't on my radar screen at that age.
                  Peggy:icon_hug:

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                    #10
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                    I now use staflo with a 50/50 mix. I starch before cutting. I do let it sit a few minutes before pressing. Used to use Best Press, but its a little expensive and I like the results with the staflo just a little better. I do put some lavender essential oil in for a nice scent.

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                      #11
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                      Originally posted by Pegger View Post
                      There was a lady that lived next door when I was in my teens (many years ago) that sprayed hers, then put them in the freezer. Why I don't know. Didn't ask. Wasn't on my radar screen at that age.
                      My mom would put her starched clothes in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until she was ready to iron. I think it was to let the starch set and also to prevent mildew.

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                        #12
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                        Never can be too many questions. You never know who else needs to know the answer. Newbie here.
                        Hugs,
                        Joanne

                        There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

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                          #13
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                          I use Best Press also, but have never let it sit before I press. I will have to try that because sometimes I feel like the best press doesn't work too well.
                          Vicki C:icon_hi:

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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by Pegger View Post
                            There was a lady that lived next door when I was in my teens (many years ago) that sprayed hers, then put them in the freezer. Why I don't know. Didn't ask. Wasn't on my radar screen at that age.
                            I remember my Mom starching my Dad's shirts and then rolling them up, putting them in a plastic bag and placed them in the refrigerator overnight. I have no idea why, either.
                            Cheryl

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                              #15
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                              Renee you are too funny. The only starch my mom ever used when I was growing up was from an aerosol can. I have seen jugs of starch at the store but have no idea how to use it.

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