~Mary Ellen’s Best Press – Notion Review~
How to use Mary Ellen’s Best Press, Does this notion really work?
When you want to add some stiffness to your sewing project, how do you do it? Starch, sizing or do you use Best Press? This revolutionary product was designed several years ago and continues to be a top seller in quilt and fabric shops the world over. So what makes it so special and is Best Press really worth the added cost compared to traditional spray starch?
Where does Best Press come from?
It is manufactured by Mary Ellen! Hence the name, Mary Ellen’s Best Press. She is quiet a lady with an amazing history, be sure to read more on her website.
When did I discover Best Press?
When I was working in a quilt shop, back in the early 2000’s we were still using spray starch. Then one day the store owner went to Quilt Market, an industry show which happens twice a year featuring new and innovative products. She came back with a bottle and we were in love.
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How is it sold?
You can find Mary Ellen’s Best Press in sewing and quilting shops the world over, so ask your local store. I have also included several links below where you can find them here on line. It comes in a variety of sizes:
Sometimes in 6 oz
32 oz (actually 33.8 oz)
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Best Press Fun Facts
- It’s advertised as the Clear Starch alternative
- Bottles are spray and not aerosol so it’s environmentally safe
- It’s acid free and water based
- There are no clogs or flakes compared to traditional spray starch
- The bottles are clear so you can tell how much you have left
- There is a special stain shield which protects fabrics and helps resist wrinkles
What’s the difference between Starch and Sizing?
- Starch is used to add stiffness and Sizing gives the material a nice hand and body
- Starch is usually vegetable based where Sizing is plastic based
What’s it smell like?
There are nine different scents which are heat activated.
- Lavender Fields
- Citrus Grove
- Linen Fresh
- Caribbean Beach
- Cherry Blossom
- Tea Rose Garden
- Peaches N Cream
- Mint Splash and,
- for those who prefer no scent, try Scent Free!
There is also two seasonal scents:
How do you use Best Press?
According to the instructions, spray onto fabric and iron away. But, in the years I have seen this used there seems to be two common methods.
- Spray front of material.
- Smooth Best Press into fibers with fingers and hands.
- Turn fabric over and press.
- Repeat on other side.
- Shake bottle well.
- Spray onto material and let set for about 10-15 seconds (allowing Best Press to soak into fibers).
- Press directly onto the side with the Best Press.
Which is correct? I will let you decide.
What else can you use Best Press for?
- If you are machine embroidery enthusiasts you will appreciate this. After hooping a t-shirt the hoop often times leaves Hoop Burn. If you hang the shirt up, spray with Best Press and let hang for about 5-10 minutes and it will help remove the Hoop burn.
- I have been know to use it as a room deodorizer.
- I have also been know to use for a quick perfume.
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