I was recently talking with a friend, Norma Riehm of quiltingisafineart.blogspot.com , regarding spray starch. We were both involved in a mystery quilt with oh so many pieces. We had both decided, and I must say separately, to use spray starch to keep the block shapes. Then today I saw on Facebook that a group I belong to was having the same discussion.
I use Faultless Premium Professional Spray Starch, purchased at any discount store. It works wonderfully and does not leave residue that many leave behind. I was told today however, that if you aren’t careful and clean the sprayer often it can clog. This may seem like an easy solution, but it’s not. My friend had a clogged sprayer. It had been a while since she had used it, she didn’t notice that the metal had begun to rust. She went to use it and it sprayed a rust stain on her quilt back. Fortunately she rinsed it right away and it came out. She now uses a pump plastic spray bottle by faultless. I would like you each to leave a comment below, telling me if you use spray starch or not and why. It will begin a great discussion and hopefully we can all learn from each other for possible uses and solutions to problems we have with starch. The one most important piece of information I have about spray starch is that you need to spray your project and let it sit long enough to saturate the material. If you iron it right away, you will be pressing the starch on your fabric. What we want to do, is allow the starch to absorb into the fabric so we don’t have a residue that flakes off. Instead we have a piece of fabric adequately starched to hold its shape. I hope you find this helpful and drives you to leave feedback for all of us. Quilt on My Friends!