A quilting friend of mine proudly mentioned that she uses sizing on all her quilts after she prewashes her fabrics. Having never used sizing or starch on any of my fabrics (clothing or quilting) I was curious why someone would add an extra step to the process. She told me that if I spray - wait - press I would see the benefits of less frayed edges and better pressing when I pieced... "just try it" she said.
I was just starting a new quilting project so I took her advice to try it out. And I am more impressed than I could have imagined.
Probably old hat for many of you long time quilters out there. But wow - I feel like it's a whole new world now. I had to share my excitement. Makes me wonder what other little handy bits I need to "just try".
I was much like you when I first discovered Sizing. Let me add to this. Use spray start if you are working with bias edges. There is a touch more weight than sizing and will add a little more assurance to those bias edges.
Cumberland Gap, TN
Beautifully written. This will be a great read for new quilters.
I am an avid user of sizing and starch. The only downside is that if you are going to store starched items for a period of time , it supposedly attracts bugs. That's the only downside. There are products such as Mary Ellens Best Press that do a great job but are starch free and are scented. As for myself, I always launder my quilts after finishing them so they're not stored with any chemical residues.
Thanks for sharing.
Ms. N ,this was a wonderfully wrtten , You should tag it for all new members so it may help the new quilters . Just a thought. Just marvelous descriptions..Barbara
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I found out about startching by accident about a year after I started quilting. Now, everything piece of fabric i buy is automatically washed and dried without fabric softener, sprayed with startch and pressed. It made a huge difference in the feel of the fabric by making it easier to hold onto as well as everything you wrote. Very well written.
I am still a few weeks out from binding my project but I am happy to hear that the sizing benefits will keep on coming! Anything to help make the bias binding process a little easier gets thumbs up from me. :)