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    UN-Biased

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    Do you starch before you start quilting the top of a quilt.

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    Block Queen

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    I’m a firm believer in starch from beginning to end, I starch all fabric before I make my first cut, I starch as I press, I starch the rows as I join and I starch my top when it’s done. If it doesn’t make it immediately on my Longarm I find that well pressed and starched tops have no wrinkles or creases when folded and stored.

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    Designer Diva

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    Personally I see no reason to ever use starch
    at any stage of the quilting process.
    Plus I would not want to add harmful
    chemicals to my fabric/quilt.

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    The Guild President

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    I have never used starch when making a quilt.
    TRUTH is seldom appreciated, unless you happen to agree with it. When you don't agree, you just call it rude.

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    Applique Angel

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    If I'm pressing yardage, I like to use starch, especially if I'm going to be cutting 2 1/2 inch strips. I don't want any wrinkles.
    Tracie

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    For me, it depends on the fabric. If the seams won't lie flat, I starch. If the wrinkles or creases won't come out, I starch.
    Vonnie

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    When I have a completed top, the threads on the back have been clipped, etc., I use spray starch to press it as well as the backing before I sandwich it & quilt. If I have fabric that has folds or wrinkles, I will use Best Press to those areas when pressing, prior to cutting.

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    Missouri Star

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    Starching can reduce wrinkle but even better it reduces raveling. I starch when I am prepping fabric to cut and then again when pressing stubborn seams and often before sandwiching.
    I have a friend that starches her fabric to the point of being like paper, her piecing is absolutely precise and gorgeous. I can't seem to get mine that stiff.

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    For me, it depends on the quilt. I have made many without starch, but others I do you starch. Definitely use it before cutting anything with that will create bias edges. I did a king size quilt which was all triangles cut with a tri recs ruler. For that quilt, I used lots of starch. The starch definitely helped me with the cutting and piecing. Don't remember using starch in the final pressing before quilting.

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    I am a starcher, especially when a pattern calls for smaller pieces. I find my piecing is more precise when I use starch. Before sandwiching I always starch both the backing and the top, this seems to help prevent wrinkles.
    One yard of fabric, like one cookie, is never enough!

    Beth aka Asta

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