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Old 07-14-2010, 02:36
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Default What starch to use in Australia???

I tried to make my first lot of korkers last night and after reading so much about starching them, I tried it, but they didn't seem too stiff to me.
I can only find the aerosol can type of starch in the supermarket. I used the "Crisp" brand, (similar to fabulon).
What starch do other Aussies use????
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:55
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Default Re: What starch to use in Australia???

I can't actually say that I use starch when making my korkers...should I?? lol Do you spray it on when it's on the dowel?
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:00
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Default Re: What starch to use in Australia???

I am not in australia nor tha US and use normal spay starch used for ironing shirts and it works.....I do starch them on the dowels first right when I take them out of the oven and still hot and then after I finish sewing them too....even twice sometimes and it works perfectly.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:22
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Default Re: What starch to use in Australia???

I use that starch, I spray them before they go in the over and sometimes (depending on the ribbon) I lightly spray when they come out.
I find the key to getting them right is leaving them to cool on the dowel for as long as possible.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:46
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Default Re: What starch to use in Australia???

Hmmm might have to put starch on the shopping list today then. Do you spray a decent amount before putting them in the oven?
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:23
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At least I am on the right track. I will try again on the weekend, with more starch before and after baking.
Thanks for your help.
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Default Re: What starch to use in Australia???

I dont spray too much, I spray them without saturating them.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:41
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Default Re: What starch to use in Australia???

I am in Australia. I don't starch my korkers as I like them soft but if you really want to you need to go to Spotlight or similar place and get "Craft Smart" Fabric Stiffener. It is like glue and you water it down.

Put it on after you bake the ribbon. Remember that red will run and to use separate dowl for red.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:49
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Default Re: What starch to use in Australia???

You don't have to starch them if you bake them long enough and at the right temp. Sometimes you have to play around with your oven to see what works best for you.

I think starching is a personal preference
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:08
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Default Re: What starch to use in Australia???

well I just did a whole batch with this starch that I bought yesterday and baked them and see how they turn out. I do like mine soft as well bu always worried about them possibly losing their curl.
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