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    disappearing marker pen

    I need to draw on fabric and was wondering if anyone has used these pens. When you iron over the marking it is suppose to disappear. Any info would be greatly appreciated.........Thank you , Michele

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    I used one and it disappeared after a few weeks. Or right away if you get it wet.


    My husband used it to write a check, not the signature just the amount! We sure were surprised when we got a call asking if we really intended to send a signed blank check!
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    I have used a couple different brands and they work nicely. I do, however, always test a piece of fabric first. I have used some white one and just recently started using some jell type. Sorry, I'm not at home right now so I am unable to tell you the brand.
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    It depends on what kind of pen it is. Some if you iron it will set the ink, some you get out with water and some gradually disappear in the air. OR if you are talking about the Frixion pens that disappear when ironed over there are several discussions on QB on Frixion pens(type in Frixion Pens in search box). One word of caution for the frixion pens is that on dark fabrics they can sometimes leave a faded or bleached line? The marks do reappear if the fabric gets cold enough. I do use them for my small sewing projects.

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    there are a number of different (disappearing) ink pens- the newest ones i know of are the frixon pens that when you press them they disappear- a lady at a lqs told me the colored ones leave a white line- the black one disappears.- any marking (tool) you use should be tested before using on your project---no matter what - or who recommended it- you should always test! i have ruined beautiful quilt tops because someone said---just use this it always comes out---well---guess what----not always... always test
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    I use the frixson pen all the time. (spelled wrong.. but it is the iron off one.) The only thing I have to say is test it out on your fabrics first. I had one medium toned fabric lighten up at the place where I used the black one after ironing. It didn't matter on that quilt, but like I say test on the fabric you are using.

    There are a few more colors available now too I noticed. I haven't tried any but the black.
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    Our guild uses the Frixeon (sp?) pens. Like one of the above posters said, test first. Our experience is that they "fade" really well on light-coloured fabrics, but on very dark fabrics they seem to leave a white-ish or silvery line behind (that's with ironing - I don't know what happens if you just leave it to fade with time, or wash it).

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    I have used a Pilot FriXion pen in blue, with 'Cowboy Spring' by Prim-Point Designs, which was a color with crayons and embroidery,all the marks disapeared when I set the coloring with my iron after doing embroidery. I am now working on Merry Little Christmas by Crab-apple Hill with this same pen and so far have been very satisfied with the pen.

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    I love the FriXion pens, i have used the black and yellow. Wonderful. had no trouble with them.
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    I just did a quilt using a Mark B Gone pen from walmart. It is bright blue ink and washed out in cold water. Stayed on til I washed too. So I could mark and not worry about it disappearing when I have to leave it for extended periods. But I am new to all this.....and don't have a quilting store near me so Walmart was it.

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    I use the Frixion pens and because of all the controversy I ran my own tests on them. I found that the lines mostly disappear with ironing and return when placed in the freezer. I then washed and dried the fabrics and put them back in the freezer. The ink was completely gone after washing. Not an issue for me because I wash everything after it's finished.
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    I love the Frixion pens. I haven't had any problems, but use caution as stated. You can find them at the office supply stores very reasonable. I just picked up 2 pkts of three at Staples for $7. Not a bad deal to keep them around. I also like the Clover marking chalk wheel. It comes in several colors and you just brush off.
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    I have used the Frixion pen in black to mark my embrodery lines for my quilt labels and quilting lines on one of them. The fabric was all white and the iron took out all the lines. I love the fine line they make. I am told that they might return at 14 degrees but not many of us will be putting our quilts in the freezer nor will they be going to places where they will be exposed to that temp. Since I wash all my quilts before they leave then I shouldn't have to worry about that anyway, right RoseL?

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    I love the FriXion pens & haven't had a problem with markings returning after I iron them. :-)

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    I use the frixion pens as well and love them with no problems. Even a blow dryer will errase it. Or throw the item in the dryer, marks are gone.

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    I've used the Pilot FriXion ball pen in red and blue and never had any problem with either of them. A gal in a local quilt shop told me to buy them at the stationery store, they are a lot cheaper there than in the quilt shops.
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    I have used them and have them disappear even before I am ready for the to do so. Not sure if they should do this or whether I just take too long to stitch them. lol.
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    Frixion pens are my choice-I love them! Just press and the markings disappear!
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    I use the blue disapearing ink pens but only do a small section at a time since the lines fad out fast.
    Never have had a problem using them.

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    The mark be gone pens are my choice for light colored fabrics - sometimes when they dry they will come back. To avoid this problem mix a tsp of baking soda in a pint of distilled water. Learned this trick from a chemist, something to do with the mineral content of the water. She was also a quilter.
    As for dark fabrics, I go for my tailors wax piece. Always test on a edge or something when marking a customer quilt. If there is any poly content in the fabric there will be a faint evidence of the mark. Remove this with your iron. If you don't have it, get a few friends to go in with you on a box of the stuff. I get it from Atlanta Thread and just a piece or two lasts me for years. Its the giant one. Don't buy the colors - don't come out. The company seems to have merged with another and the wax is on sale. I teach my new customers about using the wax and give them a sample piece when they first start coming to me for quilting.
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    There are situations in which the Pilot FriXion pen ink will not wash out. See:

    http://quiltingclimber.blogspot.com/...evaluated.html

    Please note that she only did a few tests. You should always experiment with your starch, etc on your fabric and your water, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marytoddliz View Post
    I used one and it disappeared after a few weeks. Or right away if you get it wet.


    My husband used it to write a check, not the signature just the amount! We sure were surprised when we got a call asking if we really intended to send a signed blank check!

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    Another vote for the Pilot FriXion pens! Magic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
    I use the blue disapearing ink pens but only do a small section at a time since the lines fad out fast.
    Never have had a problem using them.
    These are what I also use as I have to use polyester batting and you can't iron it. I have never had a problem but I only do a small area at a time.

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    I use the blue mark b gone that comes out in water, but not on pink fabrics. It will leave a mark on pink.
    I also use the purple air erase markers and have not ever had a problem with them. I don't always quilt fast enough and have to remark sometimes.

    I have used the washable markers by crayola, they made a nice bright line but one of the colors did not come out, it left a shadow where I quilted - I don't remember which color.

    I have had a problem with the blue chaco markers not coming out of fabrics so I don't use them now.
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