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Thread: Question about pens for hand embroidery marking..... help please.

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    Question about pens for hand embroidery marking..... help please.

    I bought a pattern called Aunt Bea's Parlor which is a hand embroidered quilt that I saw here on the QB and fell in love with. The pattern was $15, which is steep to me. Then when I opened it up, you are supposed to trace it with a macron pen onto your fabric. What's up? I googled macron pens and they say they are permanent ink. The pattern says use black. I don't mean to be disrespectful, but will this really work??!! Will my thread cover all black marks? I am an excellent embroiderer but this makes me a bit nervous. I don't want ANY black showing and would actually prefer that all of the ink washed out. Any other ideas? I wanted to take a few blocks with me on vacation next week- so am hoping for an answer soon from someone who knows. Thanks!

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    Funny I should be snooping on this thread. I am currently working on some blocks that I used the clover marking pens that you mark on fabric with and they still washed out when I put water to them to see if I should finish them. This is what I would use or there is one out by Zip that works nicely as well I use on my quilt marking. This is what I do. there is not reason you can't and I am with you, just in case I don't hit the line perfectly this takes away the scare of it showing.
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    Oooohh thanks! I'll go check out clover tomorrow. I couldn't stand to see black peeking out from underneath.

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    I used my Frixion pen to write on a lap quilt that I wanted to put Red Work on. It erases with a hot iron and they are about $2 at Staples. Before I start a controversy, yes I know the marks will come back in the freezer. Since I don't plan on freezing my lap quilt, or flying it to a show in a cold shipping container, it worked great for me. If you decide to go with a water solvable pen, make sure to check if your floss bleeds when wet.

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    I use the Sewline Fabric Pencil and have had no problems with it. As was stated, test fabric and thread first.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I used my Frixion pen to write on a lap quilt that I wanted to put Red Work on. It erases with a hot iron and they are about $2 at Staples. Before I start a controversy, yes I know the marks will come back in the freezer. Since I don't plan on freezing my lap quilt, or flying it to a show in a cold shipping container, it worked great for me. If you decide to go with a water solvable pen, make sure to check if your floss bleeds when wet.
    I'm with you .......I love frixion pens!
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    I use the washable graphite pencils from Fons Porter.

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    many times micron pens are stated as supplies to use for embroidery because you can get a fine tip pen- they do not bleed (fuzz around the edges) and it is (assumed) your embroidery thread will cover them. if you would prefer a marking tool which will wash out there are tons to choose from- i love the fine tip marking pencils with the ceramic leads- fons & porter, dritz & sew line all have ones out- the leads are fine -thin, i've found them in pink, green, white & lead colors- and they wash out- or are erasable. i tend to stick to pencils or chalk for most of my marking-regardless of whether it's for embroidery, quilting or tracing appliques- i've just had the best luck with pencils-
    i've over the years spent money on this (disappearing ink) marker - or that one- generally they seem like a waste of money-to me- they either dry out long before i think i've got my fair share of marking out of them- or they don't come out as well as i thought they would- so i don't tend to spend money on markers if i want the marks to come out.
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    Thanks for this info. I recently bought a pattern and was wondering the same thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    I'm with you .......I love frixion pens!
    Me, too! I've been told that after the friction marks are ironed out, then washed, that they won't come back. The freezer thing is funny!

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