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Extra pan

Cut away the outer skin of the potatoes. One need three or four potatoes. Don't wash 'm, but boil 'm in a pan with water.
When all soft and mushy, sif them. Don't throw away the water (nor potatoes) but collect the water in another pan. Let it rest for half a day. Remove the excess water gently. The goo on the bottom is your starch. Leave a bit of water in the pan and mix it with the starch. Let your fabric rest in it for half an hour.

The advantage is that it won't loose threads easily when cutting the fabric, but the disadvantage is that your clothes smell of potato and you have to reapply the starch after every time washing your clothes.

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    May 25, 2014, 10.50 AMby tupppi

    Isn’t normal starch you buy in the supermarket the same thing without the potato smell? And you can add a tiny amount of Epsom salts to make it silky and smooth, but be careful as too much can destroy fabrics. Instructions are on the packets.

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      Jun 23, 2014, 09.22 AMby Astrid van der Spek

      It is, and I don’t recommend the use of epsom salt. It does destroy the fabric, no matter how much you add… It’s magnesium sulphate, which is corrossive no matter the ammount.

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