Do you use Mary Ellen’s Best Press? When it first came out and everyone was raving about it, I refused to buy it because I’m
cheap . . frugal . . .well, I just couldn’t figure out why it cost so much more than an 87¢ can of Fabric Finish that had been working perfectly fine for me. Then I was at a retreat and someone had brought some. The fragrance was Lavender Fields. Because of my love affair with lavender, I no longer cared how much the Best Press might cost . . I had to have it! I bought a spray bottle of the Lavender Fields and then I bought a gallon refill. As far as the cost, I doubt it really ends up costing a lot more than that 87¢ can I had been using, even though it’s more than longer 87¢ these days. When I was using the canned spray, I’d go through a can every few weeks. The Best Press works better and one 16 oz. bottle that sells for about $8 – $10 will last me probably 6 months.
When I was going to sew at the new house earlier this week, I grabbed my spray bottle of Best Press and it was almost empty so I grabbed my gallon jug and a funnel and took it with me too. The thought occurred to me that I wouldn’t have Best Press here but I had several cans of the Fabric Finish upstairs in the laundry room. Once I began sewing, and using the Fabric Finish, it just wasn’t Best Press. I knew I had a couple of spray bottles of the Caribbean Beach scent and remembered exactly where they were in the house in MO and remembered seeing a box that had some of the things that had been sitting in the cabinet with the Best Press so I began digging.
Finding that little bottle sure made me happy! If you’ve never used Best Press, you might want to give it a try. It’s fantastic stuff! I’ve made my own starch, used Fabric Finish, starch in a spray can, starch you make up yourself from a mix, used a spray concoction that had lavender oil, water and some kind of alcohol . . maybe vodka . . and nothing compares to Best Press. For years I’ve heard we shouldn’t use starch on our fabrics because it can attract bugs who love to eat starch and fabric. I thought Best Press had been advertised as not being a starch but on the website, I see that it’s a “crisp, clear spray starch”. Whatever it has or is . . I’m hooked and can’t sew without this stuff.
Since a corner of the Halloween quilt is peeking through in the picture, I’ll show it to you with the blocks all sewn together.
The borders, straight and pieced portions, are all cut and loaded in the car so I’ll work on this if I get time while at the house today.