As I said in my last post, I prefer to make my own starch and my favorite recipe the is one from the last post because it takes the wrinkles out of the fabric without leaving anything but a nice smell behind, but sometimes, I need a little more stability. When I am piecing anything on the bias or sewing with more delicate fabrics, I really want the fabric to act more like cardboard than fabric during the actual sewing process. The best way to achieve that is to make Liquid Solvy!
An added bonus is I can make this with the left over Solvy bits that I pull off of a machine embroidery project or if I have a little piece too small to use on the end of a roll. Here is the recipe:
Liquid Solvy Recipe
3/4 – 1 cup of Solvy ‘bits’
4 cups of distilled water
1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol (optional)
Quart mason jar
Either put your scrap Solvy Bits in the mason jar or cut up pieces of Solvy off the roll to add to the jar. Heat up 4 cups of distilled water. You want the bits to be small, so you can “chop” them up with a rotary cutter. As I mentioned in the last starch post, distilled water deosn’t have any minerals in it so it won’t leave any extra deposits on your fabric.
I heated mine up on the stove but not to the boiling point.
Pour the water into the jar with the Solvy bits.
Use a chopstick to very gently stir the mixture until all the bits are dissolved. DON’T SHAKE IT! If you do, the mixture will foam up and the foam doesn’t go away (ask me how I know 🙂 )
Let the mixture cool down if you need to, and then pour it into your spray bottle. If you decide to add the rubbing alcohol, your Liquid Solvy will last longer and you won’t need to refrigerate it to preserve it.
I tested the Liquid Solvy next to my other homemade starch side-by-side on a very wrinkled piece of fabric.
Both starches did a great job and getting out wrinkles.
The vodka based starch did not change the feel of the fabric at all. It just took out the wrinkles. The Liquid Solvy left the fabric very stiff, which can be an advantage when piecing, especially when sewing on the bias.
In a thicker mixture, liquid Solvy can be painted on, and is a wonderful stiffener for thread bowls and thread art, too.
So now you have two recipes for starch. Which one do you think you will try? What kind of starch do you like? Let’s chat about it in the comments! I would love you hear what you think and what you use.