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Thread: Micron Pen???

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    Super Member Ms Grace's Avatar
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    Today I got a Micron pen to do the writing on my labels.
    It said waterproof & permanent, BUT I did a little sample square and held it under running water, with a light scrubbing to see if it would
    fade or not.
    Well, it did. :shock: :cry:

    Is there a secret to making this REALLY permanent enough to hold up through multiple washings?

    I'm currently working on a scrappy pink quilt for my DD, 6.
    I wanted to do the label with the pink Micron pen, but now am worried about the writing staying there. :roll:

    HELP!!! :cry:

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    Did you heat-set the fabric with a hot iron BEFORE putting it in water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Did you heat-set the fabric with a hot iron BEFORE putting it in water?

    :oops: Well, nooooooo :oops:

    With a dry iron I suppose.
    These are the pens that I bought. Are they the right kind?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product

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    I use only Sharpie pens. They have a very fine point pen that comes in all kinds of colors, and I know they are permanent. They have gone through my washer many times and stay bright and sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Did you heat-set the fabric with a hot iron BEFORE putting it in water?

    :oops: Well, nooooooo :oops:

    With a dry iron I suppose.
    These are the pens that I bought. Are they the right kind?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product
    Don't feel bad I did (or would that be didn't?) do the same thing. You have to heat set with an iron with Micron pigma pens. Not a bad idea with sharpies either. I have used sharpies as well and they didn't fade they bled! just as bad. But if you iron them that seems to set the ink. Ya think they would put that on the packaging for the micron pigma pens seeing as they are marketed specifically for writing on fabric!

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    Thanks for sharing the ironing tip with us!!

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    I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing.

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    Yes, thanks for the ironing tip. :-)
    Will try that tomorrow.

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    Today I tried a new sample patch.
    This time I did heat set with a dry iron first. :roll:
    Threw it in the wash with a load of towels I was washing.
    It came out fine. YEAH!! :thumbup:
    Thanks for the tip.

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    I have always used Sharpies (mainly because they are cheaper), and I've never had a problem with bleeding. I heat set all the writing, with a dry iron on the hotest setting for that fabric.

    One suggestions In order to keep the fabric from shifting around while you are writing on it, you can do one of two things. (1) place a piece of extra-fine or fine grit sandpaper underneath the fabric while you are writing or (2) iron freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric. If I'm doing all the writing, I use the sandpaper. If I'm doing memory blocks for other people to write on, I use the freezer paper, and cut it so that it's at least 1/2 inch smaller than the block. That way, the signer won't write all the way to the edge, whcih would be lost in the seam allowance when the blocks are sewn together. Of course, if the area they are writing on has a border around it, you don't need to worry about this.


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