Sunday, October 23, 2011

Favorite Notions #10

Spray starch.  Grandma's simple stuff that she used to make everyone's shirts look and feel so nice and crisp.

I still use spray starch for ironing my family's dress shirts.  But more importantly, I use spray starch for better handling of certain kinds of fabrics.

Some lightweights are just so much easier to cut and sew if they've had a bit of starch ironed into them.  I recently sewed silk voile that was impossible without a bit of starch to make it behave.  Same with super-drapey rayon.

And I've found that practically any fabric is easier to hem with a tiny rolled hemmer foot if you've sprayed and ironed starch into it first.

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