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Thread: pens used to write on quilts

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    what do you all suggest: I write with a fabric textile pen ( says does not wash out) on my labels that I add to my quilts..I really don't think they wash well ( on one quilt it has about disapeared) even tho I do all the proper prep ......do you think a regular sharpie pen is better at holding up during washes? what about those Laundry pens? are they better?

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    I have no problem with the pens .You could try the laundry pen on a scarp and wash it a few times to try it.

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    I find the Sharpies tend to bleed - I use a Pigma pen #5 or #8. Some say you can use the gel pens but I haven't tried those.

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    I also use the pigma pens and heat set them and never a problem washing out

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    Right on Dodie pigma pens are the best!!!!!!

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    Another vote here for Pigma pens and heat setting. :D I've heard really bad things about using Sharpies on quilt labels, though I do use them in non-fiber arts.

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    You could write what you want in a very light pencil stroke and then hand embroider over that. I have done that for some of my quilts and it came out really nice.

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    I use pigma pens too and find them fantastic!

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    What is a Pigma pen and where do you but it? Does Office Depot carry them. Thanks Deb :lol:

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    Pigma pens use pigment based ink instead of dye based ink. They don't bleed through thin paper or fabric and are archival. Here's the maker website: http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/Pen-Archival

    I did not see them on the Office Depot website, but you can get them at Joann's, at most quilting shops (local and online), and at art supply stores. I get mine from Dick Blick for the variety of colors and sizes he carries. http://www.dickblick.com/zz207/02/.

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