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Thread: I have found a great pencil for marking fabric

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    Senior Member DottyD's Avatar
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    Smile I have found a great pencil for marking fabric

    AT LAST I have discovered a very nice pencil for marking fabric. It is called Prismacolor and I have a silver
    shade (753 metallic silver) It really glides on the fabric - uhmm I do not know if it washes out - as I haven't tried.!
    It is very nice to use though in places that won't be seen --- seams etc !!

    DottyD. England, UK. Where the Olympics are just SO exciting !

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    if the lead has wax in it, which I believe it does, then it won't wash out.

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    Holice .... what suggestions do you have for a marking pen/pencil that is not permanent and has a thin marking line? And ideally, that it disappears and/or is removable without washing.
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    I use three or four pencils
    I have had good luck with the newer ceramic mechanical pencils. I use the white lead one on black batik and it brushes out very well.
    Also.....the Multi-Pastel chalk pencils made by General Pencil Co. They can be found usually (if not in quilt shops) in the art pencil sections of most craft stores. I use the white and light gray and sometime the dark gray. I avoid any chalk pencil that has color in it, especially the yellow. My theory is that a colored pencil might have a lot of color pegment in it. I also use the black washable graphite from General. The name is Sketch-n-Wash. It has a thick lead but sharpens good and will also rub off and erase even on white and off white fabric.
    Now having said this......there are other pencils on the market that indicate washable. Always test before using to make sure they perform as you want. There are other colors in the mechanical ceramic pencils but I have not used them due to their color. I also use the soft white erasers but be sure they don't have any petroleum in them. The A-1 from General does not have oil so doesn't smudge. I als use the pink pearl rubber eraser as it leaves a clean erase.
    I also use the lint brush found usually in the pet department of the stores. It is a black oval plastic type material. This is working well as a brush and eraser.
    With any chalk type pencil, I do recommend that as much of the surface chalk be wiped off before washing as chalk will cake. I used the dark gray Multi-Pastel on a light tan fabric and had to spray with spot remover to get it all off but it did come off. I also recommend sharpening often as it keeps the points sharp and less breakage in the lead.
    The Multi-Pastel is chalk and clay. The clay gives stability to the chalk. Quilters have also said they occasionally put the chalk pencils in the freezer to re-hyderate the chalk and makes it easier to sharpen.

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    Have no time for quilting. I am watching the Olympics. Did I see you in the stands?

    Quote Originally Posted by DottyD View Post
    AT LAST I have discovered a very nice pencil for marking fabric. It is called Prismacolor and I have a silver
    shade (753 metallic silver) It really glides on the fabric - uhmm I do not know if it washes out - as I haven't tried.!
    It is very nice to use though in places that won't be seen --- seams etc !!

    DottyD. England, UK. Where the Olympics are just SO exciting !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    Have no time for quilting. I am watching the Olympics. Did I see you in the stands?
    Ha Ha !!! No, I wasn't there !! I would have LOVED to have been at Wimbledon - but lots of controversy - re tickets and I have been incensed at how many empty seats there were !! I would also loved to be at the Athletics and the Diving and Syncronised swimming - all very exciting !!
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    Have you tried the "frixion" ballpoint pens from Pilot - can get on Amazon - you can erase the line; you get rid of the line with heat from an iron. The line will reappear if you put you fabric in the freezer - so I guess what people are saying is that the line can reappear if it is really really cold. I love these pens because they glide onto the fabric without any snagging and punching up of the fabric. They come any many different colors - I think there are 8 pens in package for about $18 US. I am sure they have them in the UK somewhere.

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    Thank you Holice ... for all the info!
    You've made me really think about the pink and yellow chalk rollers that I've been using. Maybe pretty isn't such a good idea!!

    I'll check out the art supplies next time I'm near a store that might have them and see if I can have some luck!
    The ceramic mechanical pencils ... would these be art supplies? drafting? or?


    Petey ... I have the Frixxion pens too, and really like them.
    Most of the time, I use mine for marking the wrong side of fabric.
    However, you may find that they bleach out fabrics.
    I know I have had that happen on both dark and light.
    So as Holice suggests ... test test and test again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DottyD View Post
    Ha Ha !!! No, I wasn't there !! I would have LOVED to have been at Wimbledon - but lots of controversy - re tickets and I have been incensed at how many empty seats there were !! I would also loved to be at the Athletics and the Diving and Syncronised swimming - all very exciting !!
    DottyD.
    Me personally? I'd have liked to be in that motorboat with David Beckham... LOL!
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    I guess I'm just old school but I just use a really sharp #2 pencil. I have a chalk marker that DH bought me but I just don't like it as well. I can get a really light, thin line with just a plain old pencil.
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