How to Make Starch for Pleated Pants

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Learn how to make starch to iron pleated pants from a professional seamstress in this free video on ironing clothing. View Video Transcript

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Marti Sawnson

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Hi, my name is Marti. On behalf of expert, I'm going to show you how to iron a pair of cotton pants today with pleats. One of the things I'm going to be doing is starching these pants so that the crease will hold a little bit better and the cotton fabric. Most of you are familiar with spray starch you can get at the store. I have an alternative that I like to use. I like to use a mixture of cornstarch and water cornstarch you can often find in your kitchen cabinets. Take one part cornstarch and one part water and dissolve your solution. In this case, I've used one teaspoon of cornstarch and one cup of water. To begin with we need to check what are garments is made out of. These happen to be 100% cotton; that means it can tolerate high heat, it can also handle the starch which will help the fabric hold it's shape while we iron it.