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Thread: advice on using pounce pads please

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    Has anyone used the 'iron off' pounce pads to mark their top for quilting and if so are there any drawbacks please? Don't want to spend money on something that is going to leave a mark that comes back to haunt me later.

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    I have one and tried to use it a couple of times, It marks the design fine if you get real close to look at it. Problem is it does not show up dark enough for me to see it unless it is on black or very dark fabric. Was looking for the powder in other colors but not found any yet.

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    You use it like an eraser and rub it over the stencil.
    You don't pound it. I like it as you can mark as you go and don't have to do the entire quilt.

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    i use it often and have no problems, most of the time i use a small sponge bruch to apply it though because using the eraser applicator works best on a hard surface and i mark after it's on the frame, and if yo don't iron it off it comes right out in the wash

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    i use it often and have no problems, most of the time i use a small sponge bruch to apply it though because using the eraser applicator works best on a hard surface and i mark after it's on the frame, and if yo don't iron it off it comes right out in the wash
    Thanks Kathy. Having seen a demonstration on the Golden Threads website, I think that this might be just the thing for a newbie like me.

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    Personally, I find it to be a huge p.i.t.a!! You have to really "pounce" the chalk onto the template and when you start to sew, the chalk comes off and the lines are so light you can barely see them. I am using it now on d-i-l's dark purple quilt and it shows up great until I start to quilt then slowly vanishes. Could be because I'm left handed, or maybe not. Anyway, I usually wind up tracing the design with a water soluble quilters pen so I can see the design.
    Oh, and the left handed remark is because I hand quilt.

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    I was told to get different colors you can use colored sidewalk chaulk mixed with the white powder chaulk. Has anyone ever tried that?

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    I have one and I love it. All I do is pat it to the stencil a couple of times until the powder comes out and then rub it all over the section that I want to mark and then quilt it and I have pressed it off. It will come off in the wash or you can use a damp cloth, not wet, just damp. Love mine but want to find the powder in diffrent colors so I can mark the light colors. I will no doubt buy a new pounce thing also, then I'd have one for lights and one for darks. They do have the dark available I do believe I saw some at joann.com site Have a great day, Huggies, Fay

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    i like the iron off...not fond of the regular. I have a longarm and it bounces off (the regular) before I get it quilted.

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    i have no problems with it. i mark an entire quilt top and load it onto the long arm frame and it doesn't wear off.

    the iron on is great for everything but light fabrics and for the light fabric i use the glow in the dark iron off and just turn on the black light and i can see the lines without any problems.

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    I've been using it for years and really like it. The most common mistake people make is thinking that you pounce with it. You don't. You rub it across your stencil and it leaves the pattern markings on the fabric. The only thing I have a problem with is that it only comes in white. So it doesn't show up well on very light colors. Other than that it's great and I've never had a problem ironing it off. It goes right away, unlike some other products I've tried and never been able to remove after I'm done quilting.

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    I have seen blue powder for it, also, in our LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I have seen blue powder for it, also, in our LQS.
    I think that is just in the regular pounce, not in the iron off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maine ladybug
    I've been using it for years and really like it. The most common mistake people make is thinking that you pounce with it. You don't. You rub it across your stencil and it leaves the pattern markings on the fabric. The only thing I have a problem with is that it only comes in white. So it doesn't show up well on very light colors. Other than that it's great and I've never had a problem ironing it off. It goes right away, unlike some other products I've tried and never been able to remove after I'm done quilting.
    Me too! That's the key, not pouncing but rubbing!

    I have mixed cinnamon into the white powder to us it on lite fabrics, makes the quilt smell pretty and won't stain

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    try using a cheapo foam brush in stead of the pouncer. I like it alot better. I just dip my brush into the chalk and swipe just like the pouncer. You use alot less..and there is alot less chalk flying around

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi
    try using a cheapo foam brush in stead of the pouncer. I like it alot better. I just dip my brush into the chalk and swipe just like the pouncer. You use alot less..and there is alot less chalk flying around
    Wow! That sounds like a great idea. You are very clever.

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    After reading your post, I did as you said. I rubbed the pounce pad across my quilt and the dang thing came out perfectly!! Told you I have my blond moments! LOL!

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    I love mine ~ only make sure you don't have the steam setting ON when ironing it off... ask me how I know! oops! It did eventually come off, but it was flannel, and steam made it a little sticky. A good wash with double rinse worked for us. Other than that, I use it all the time, as I make my own stencil designs... Cannot live without mine!

    BTW there are a couple sellers on eBay that sell the blue and yellow chalks!

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    The original question related to the "steam off" pounce or Miracle Chalk.
    The manufacturer has not yet found a color that can be added to the "chalk" that will disapear with steam They say they are still working on it. The quilting world is waiting for the color.

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    For the regular chalk pounce. I have seen it demonstrated by pouncing and then spraying with hair spray to fix the chalk until the piece is quilted and washed. I don't remember if it can be brushed off and not have to wash or it must be washed out. Regular pounce chalk - and even the colored chalk will bounce off in the work. And I would not recommend some colors because they may not come out.
    If chalk is used then I recommend that as much of the surface chalk left be removed with brush or dry terry cloth before washing because chalk will cake and may be more difficult to remove.

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    Great advice now to buy one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    Great advice now to buy one!
    Exactly. Seems just the thing for me.

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    Save your money. I finally gave mine away after I didn't have any luck. I mark before putting it in my frame and it was gone before I could start quilting. It pounced right off before I knew what was happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maine ladybug
    ... The only thing I have a problem with is that it only comes in white. So it doesn't show up well on very light colors.
    It also comes in blue, for example ...
    https://www.softexpressions.com/software/notions/Pounce.php#blu]https://www.softexpressions.com/soft...Pounce.php#blu[/url]

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    I bought 2 of them, one blue and one white. The instructions it say to rub it on not pounce it on. Don't know why they call it a pounce.

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