Starch Story

When working on applique projects, it can sometimes be helpful to starch your fabric, either starching an entire piece of fabric or the edges of a shape you wish to turn under. It used to be that we were told to always wash out that starch but sometimes this is not practical. I wrote to Faultless and asked about this. My preferred starch, for clothing and projects, is Faultless Premium Starch. Here is the reply I received from Renee. Use your own discretion.

Some of our Faultless ironing aids [the Heavy, Lavender, and Lemon scents, etc…] do contain natural corn starch. Corn starch may be a preferred food source for silverfish and other pests.  Some critters might make a meal of almost ANYthing, but ironing aids formulated without natural starch are especially suited for items you want to “starch and store.”

Here are some ironing aids we manufacture that do NOT contain natural corn starch:

Faultless® Premium Starch

Magic® Premium Starch

Magic® Sizing

Faultless® MAXX Starch



Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

Posted on May 29, 2016, in Product Information and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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