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Comparison: starch, sizing, alternatives   General Discussion

Started Jun-9 by Pirate (PIRATE_SR); 299 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Here is a very interesting article which compares the pros/cons between starch, sizing, and alternatives (Best Press, Terial Magic, Flatter)

That was an interesting article. I usually use spray starch if the fabric needs it. I don't pre-wash either.

Julie Cefalu is the woman who designed the Elephant and I that I made from the challenge fabric and sent to the retreat in Phoenix last year. That used the smallest pieces I have ever sewn with.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


I've mentioned this before but I love, love, love Magic Sizing.  At 97¢/can at Walmart, I can spray everything!    If I want the fabric to be a "bit stiffer", I'll use multiple light sprays.

I have used Best Press and it is *very nice* but dang it .. it's waaaaaay too expensive.  I found myself debating if "this seam" was worthy enough of using Best Press on, in order to stretch its use.  At that point, I smacked myself upside the head and stopped buying Best Press.

I now also use Terial Magic when I want to use fabric in my die cutting machine or my electronic cutter, since it's best to have the fabric as stiff as paper for those machines.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Interesting.  Didn't think about being able to cut fabric easier and more accurately when it is stiff.  I'll be keeping that in mind.


From: Mishii


Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

I found myself debating if "this seam" was worthy enough of using Best Press on, in order to stretch its use. 

OMG I do the same thing!  I still have the little bottle we got in our goody bags at retreat a couple of years ago.  I find myself bypassing it so I "don't waste it".  Ugh

I prefer to buy the liquid starch and dilute it in a cheap spray bottle.  If I'm doing a project that needs stiffer fabric, I can just add a bit more.