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    Cleaning Quilts

    What is the best method to remove pencil markings from a quilt? I started marking my quilt and then decided to have it machine quilted so now have unwanted markings. Thanks

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    I have had luck using penicl eraser. If the quilt is not sandwiched yet, you can spray the marks with prewash and wash the top.

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    I hate using erasers on my stitches. i soaked some pillow shams with Oxy Clean and rubbed the marks too. worked.

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    I have *heard* that pencil markings wash out. I'd love to know if that is true or not.

    Edited to say - I have also heard of someone who purchased an Amish hand quilted quilt, and the pencil markings were still on it. She inquired and was told that they were always sold that way, and it was up to the purchaser to get them out when she washed the quilt. Again, this is only hear-say.

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    I've used a white art eraser before and it worked fine.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Take a piece of the backing fabric (scrap) and mark some pencil marks on it. Try everything you can think of to erase them and see what works best. Some people use a Mr Clean magic eraser but I'd only use that on white in case it bleaches it. Some swear by a mild mixture of water and dawn clear dishwashing soap. If you type in removing pencil marks from a quilt in Google you might get some other suggestions. Always try suggestions on a scrap first and not on your quilt!

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    Good luck let u's knew what works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Poke View Post
    What is the best method to remove pencil markings from a quilt? I started marking my quilt and then decided to have it machine quilted so now have unwanted markings. Thanks
    there is actually a white rubber "Fabric Eraser" that works better than pencil erasers which are made for paper. make all future markings with a fine line mechanical pencil which comes off easiest of all pencils and is easiest to cover with the quilt stitches. Do NOT get the pencil wet or it will be much harder to get out and much of it will NOT come out...

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