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Thread: Disappearing Ink Marking Pen

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    Senior Member katiescraftshop's Avatar
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    Has anyone ever used the Dritz Quilting Disappearing Ink Marking Pen? I bought one to draw on a small design to machine quilt around but I must say.....I'm scared. :shock: Does it really disappear or come off with plain water?????

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    yes it does but do it on a scrap to reasure yourself, don't iron it, I've heard that sets it and it won't come out. I use them often

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    I bought one and tried it on a scrap of fabric first. The mark disappeared.

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    I use them all the time for marking my hand quilting designs. And she is right, no not iron. Mine will go on purple and disappear in a few hours. I learned the hard way, I did half a quilt, and when I went back to it, all the designs were gone. LOL. I also use the blue ink. After you are done, you spritz it with water and it disappears. This way, at least the blue one stays on until you finish. Ironing sets the color. It's safe to iron once the color is gone.

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    I just used it on WHITE to mark blocks for cutting for Block Of the Month and when I spritzed it, it came right out. Was awesome - if concerned mark on a throw away piece of fabric and then spritz. FYI - I didn't spritz for 48 hours.... the first time and then a couple of hours the second time I was showing someone!

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    The best advice is to TEST FIRST on a scrap piece of fabric of the same fabric. If you've pre-washed the project, then pre-wash the scrap before testing.

    We had one member of our guild have everyone bring in their marking pens. At the top edge of the fabric sample she wrote down the name of the pen, then drew a long line down the fabric. After gathering different pen marking samples she then washed the fabric sample. The fabric sample was about the size of a placemat made out of either kona cotton or muslin.
    She had the sample edges turned over with a narrow hem sewn.

    It was very interesting to see the outcome of the different marking pens.

    This might be a good project for a guilt guild/club to work on as a group with one member making up the placement before beginning. The outcome in a picture could then be posted on their webpage and/or shared with the members so they would have the outcome as reference.

    There are also some very good marking pencils now where the lead markings disappear with just plain water.

    Good Luck with your project.

    Pam M

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    I took an applique class from a nationally known instructor who cautioned to wash the quilt without detergent and softener after it was completely finished to be certain the marking ink was completely washed out. She told us about spritzing the marks away on several quilts (without washing them) to display at a trunk show/workshop ... but when she pulled them out to display, some of the ink had reappeared ... and some of it in places wjhere she hadn't marked! She assured us that one washing in water only made sure the ink stayed away forever - it had something to do with the humidity of where she lived compared to the humidity of the (second) place where she taught. She is still laughing about this, though, so clearly she's not worried any longer.

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    I have never had a problem with the marks not disappearing -- the opposite has happened -- I've had to mark it a couple of times because I wasn't quick enough with my next step... I have heard though that the marker will also set if your fabric sits in the sun at all.

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    i used their blue marking pen and it goes away with water. test it on the fabric you want to use it on.

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    Thank you for all your advise! Dug out several scraps and it does come out with a spritz of water. Will leave the others I marked to see if it disappears.

    **** Once it disappears is it a problem to wash with detergent????

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