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Re: Spray Starch
They will eat ink off stamps and holes clear through fabric.
(they can destroy a thousand dollar stamp pretty easily) We
are pretty lucky here in the desert.  I guess they don't like
the dry climate so much.  Boric acid and roach stuff seems to
help keep them away I remember from San Diego.


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What sort of insect is it - we don't have anything like that in uk - no
poisoness insects, fierce animals, and only the odd poisoness snake, and
they keep well away from habitation.

Sally at the Seaside~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk
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We do have silver fish (what I think Taria was referring to), Sally.
You have been lucky not to get involved with any!  In my experience they
like dark, damp places eg old, built-in cupboards!
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Maybe Sally is lucky enough not to have seen them.  Here is a bit about
them:
  http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/entomology/factsheets/silverfi.html

Yuck!
Taria


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yuk - fortunately are new to me - yuk!

Sally at the Seaside~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk
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Re: Spray Starch
Try my recipe for spray starch for all your pressing/piecing needs. Produces
a super flat stable quilt: Dissolve half a teaspoon (or 1 teaspoon - you can
always dilute it) of regular Argo cornstarch (in your cupboard probably) in
a few tablespoons of cold water in a heat proof 2-cup measuring pitcher like
Pyrex. Add boiling water to make one cup, stirring constantly. Then add cold
water to the 2 cup line. Let cool and use in a pump spray bottle. Shake it
every time you spray. You may have to dilute it a little if it is too thick
or builds up white flakes. Lasts a week or so as there are no preservatives,
no chemicals, no nothing that harms us or the environment, and it's
practically free, except for the spray bottle! Don't starch fabrics for
storage as it will attract critters such as centipedes, and mice. Works
especially well for quilt backing fabric so the quilt will move freely.



This info is from Diane Gaudynski's webpage.
http://www.dianegaudynski.net/tips_october.htm it's at the bottom of the
page.  There are so many good tips on her site that I should just have given
the link so you have to read through them all!  :-)  hummmm  I see she
doesn't say to keep it in the refrigerator, but I do think she told us that
in a class.  Or to mix up a fresh batch when needed.  I know it's not to be
stored at room temp for very long.




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Re: Spray Starch
Mickie,
when I want to use spray starch I use regular liquid starch, diluted to
the strength I want, in a regular spray bottle.  Lots less expensive
than the cans, and I can have a very heavy or much lighter starch as I
choose.  Do keep the mixed liquid in the fridge though, because it can
go moldy if left out for any length of time.

Pati, in Phx
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Here in the Swamp, we would have to be creative about cooking or diluting
starch.  The well water is so loaded with stuff that the starch would
possibly discolor the fabric. A good reason to drink beer.  Don't know if
beer would work with starch or not.  Polly


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Aren't 'carbs' a starch?......so with the proper quantity and combination of
starchy pretzels *with* the beer even the gators wouldn't give a flippen
hoot if the iron ever got plugged in.

Val



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