Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Chalk powder for a Pounce Pad

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Chester, NY
    Blog Entries

    Chalk powder for a Pounce Pad

    I have recently been marking stencils using a Pounce Pad. I am just wondering if the chalk powder would have any damaging effects on my sewing machine. I find that once I learned to somewhat manage the chalk powder, it is such a simple and fast way of marking my quilt. A damp sponge magically whisks away the chalk from my quilt.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Lived in San Diego now retired in Eagar, AZ.
    Blog Entries
    first of all, if you trace your stencil onto freezer paper and then sew the design thru the paper without any thread in the needle, you will have a small pinpoint of chalk that is plenty to see the design but will not leave the large amounts on top of the quilt like the stencils will, remember, most of them were made to get a pencil point into... if i think i will use the new stencil again, i cover it with clear Contact paper (cheap laminating) and second? The chalk is on the top of the quilt and only a very small trace amount would ever get thru the quilt to the machine... I have never even seen any chalk residue on my machine after doing an entire quilt, and I would, if it was there, because I clean thoroughly before and after every quilt and sometimes in the middle, if it is large.

  3. #3
    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Southern California
    I have never had a problem with the pounce

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Elkhorn, WI
    I haven't heard of any problems with it yet, but I want to know if you can offer any tips for marking through the stencils with the chalk. I hate the stuff but I want to like it.

  5. #5
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Are you pouncing the quilt and then machine quilting it? If so, I think I would vacuum the open areas and the vents when I was done. I would think that chalk dust would be the same as any other dust in your machine. DO NOt use canned air!

  6. #6
    Super Member RkayD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    I can't see that it will harm anything if you dust and clean your machine regularly. Use a scrap piece of dampened batting to wipe of the chalk. Also check into a product called "Sew Clean" its an all natural cleaner that removes almost everything with no damage to the fabric.
    A bed without a Quilt is like a Sky without Stars..Sew On!

  7. #7
    Senior Member ncredbird's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Greeneville, TN
    Just wondering if anyone has improvised and used anything other than the pounce for this purpose? Was wondering if you could use flour, chalk for a chalk line from your DH workshop, or dusting or baby powder. I have an old powder puff sitting idle that I could use for the pounce but wondering about substitute for the chalk. Ann

  8. #8
    Super Member soccertxi's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Glendale AZ
    I don't use pounce chalk a whole lot, but love it when I need it! I put a small amt of the chalk in a round container and dip one of those foam brushes in it. I find I use alot less, I still can see where i'm going, and I dont' have a huge amt of chalk flying around the room! (my usual round container is a left over sour cream container ...or a glass custard cup)
    Beth in AZ
    Innova 22' with Lightning Stitch and Pantovision
    Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. Mark Twain

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Laughlin NV
    I have used corn starch thru a stencil (machine needle holes) pounce style on small quilted items in a pinch. Still use and wash the items and machine is still purring along fine. Have never done a large quilt this way.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Several years ago there was a vendor on the quilt show circuit who demonstrated using the chak pounce powder
    They would stencil the design and then spray with hair spray to hold the chalk while hand quilting.
    The Magic Chalk pounce powder stays on longer than the regular chalk powder.
    However, the suggestions are good that the machine should be cleaned out after using as the powder will collect in the mechanism of the machine.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.