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    Frixion Erasable Marker

    Has anyone used these for marking a quilt for quilting and does it disappear with ironing?

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    Yes it will disappear when Ironed, it will also reappear when it get's real cold. I was told if you use steam, the kind that goes right through the fabric. it stays gone, haven't tried it yet, My iron isn't strong enough.

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    I haven't personally tried these pens, but I've read quite a few reviews. One problem is that the marks reappear when the quilt gets cold. This has happened when quilts shipped to shows get put in the airline baggage compartment, causing at least one quilt to be rejected at a show. It can also happen if you drive in a cold climate with the quilt in the trunk of the car. Another problem has been that the lines have sometimes not entirely disappeared, especially on batiks. I would personally try another option, rather than tempt fate by using these pens. They weren't made for fabric.

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    I have used it to mark a baby quilt used the blue frixon pen and it worked wonderfully. i would always try it on a piece of scrap material from the quilt. it came out like magic

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    I used it to baste a piece of linen for a cross stitch piece and when I ironed out a spot that I marked incorrectly it slowly came back and I don't think it was even cold. I will probably take a facecloth and wash out the area. Good wet steam might be a great idea too. I'll give that a try as well.
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    I use the pens quite a bit with great success ...but.....when marking on dark fabrics, it may leave a faint line....stitching will cover it, but if you mark by mistake, you will have that faint line.....washing the fabrics with detergent seems to make the lines disappear a bit more....I don't worry about the lines coming back by being subjected to cold....it takes quite a bit of cold for them to reappear....like putting a quilt in the freezer for a couple hours.....who does that?....all you have to do is throw it in the dryer and they are gone again anyway.....I've tried this, so I know.....you must always test the markers on a piece of scrap before marking your quilt top, the same as any other marking system....better safe than sorry...

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    Once washed with detergent the marks won't come back even if put in the freezer, at least on the quilts I've used it on. Too many quilters have tried the experiment of not washing, freezing, washing freezing, starch the fabric first, not starch. The marking color is non toxic and archival quality. I use them for all markings and haven't had a problem that bothers me about them but most quilting mistakes don't bother me, so test first.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 02-25-2013 at 11:20 AM.
    Got fabric?

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    best advice is not to use them for quilts even tho many have had success.

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    If I ever had a quilt to be major show worthy, I wouldn't use them due to the cold shipping issues. Since I will never have a quilt that good, I happily use them on my quilts and sewing projects.

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    I use them alot and really like them. Just be sure you test on scrap first to make sure no problems!

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    another problem reported is that on some colors of fabric they bleach out the color slightly.

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    Use it all the time have had no problems with it and find it an economical way to marking quilts when needed.

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    If you launder after ironing marks dont reappear
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    I have bought some and have not used them yet. Thanks for all the information about what and what not to do.
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    I bought a few last week and did tests. I wrote on 3 different types of fabrics. I let the ink set for about 3 hours then pressed with a very warm iron. I found I needed to use a very hot iron. So if your fabric cannot withstand a hot iron, another "heat" source is needed. I then took the fabrics and put them in the freezer. The ink did return, but not as bright. I then washed the fabrics with warm water and detergent. I dried one sample in the dryer and the other by laying out the fabric. I did not try washing in cold water(oops, I forgot), so I cannot give a honest answer if the ink comes out in cold water. After both fabrics where dry, I put them back in the freezer to see if the ink returns.
    i could not see any residual color from the pens. The satin had a faint mark, almost as if the pen point left a scar. The cotton and the poly-cotton both were clear.
    I would absolutely test your fabrics first. But for myself, I was pleased with the results.

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    A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE RESPONDED. I think I will invest in at least one of these. I do wish there was a white, but a pink might work for darker fabrics. I will probably get a pink and black. I will test on fabric first and then if my iron doesn't get out the ink, I'll put it in the dryer. I usually work with just cotton.......but I do use a poly batt in many cases......

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    When you iron, use a steam iron and hold it over the mark on fabric, don't lay iron upon the fabric or it could leave a slight mark.

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    HI use them quite a lot, HOWEVER, I did have one bag where the red pen did not go away when I ironed it...is in the lining and doesn't show, but I can see it! And on some dark purple handles I used the red one (again) on I have a white line left after ironing. I am going to try washing....again it's on the underside and really isn't major, but there!

    I have had no trouble at all with the blue, black, or yellow. Just red and me have a thing!
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    I always use steam to remove and haven't had the mark return. I love them!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj View Post
    Yes it will disappear when Ironed, it will also reappear when it get's real cold. I was told if you use steam, the kind that goes right through the fabric. it stays gone, haven't tried it yet, My iron isn't strong enough.
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    I found a three pack-black, red, blue- at Office Max for under $6.00. Local quilt shop was almost double the cost. Would like to find a light color, maybe I will spend a few extra pennies for one pen I want.

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    I use them all the time. You cannot use on satin or it will leave a mark. It's like a scar. But I always try on a sample first. But I live them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wendiq View Post
    Has anyone used these for marking a quilt for quilting and does it disappear with ironing?
    I know a few well known quilters who vendor at quilt shows and they have stopped carry them.
    Judi in Ohio

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    I played around quite a bit with this pen...hoping to find SOMETHING that i can see eaisily...just love it...however I don't use it on gift quilts...never know when the quilt will get left in a car or moved across country in the dead of winter..those lines will return.
    I have read that if you use starch the lines don't wash out, otherwise they do wash out so for now I use the pen for marking in the margins only.

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    Use them all the time. Apparently after you wash the quilt they will not come back. They do come backwhen cold but as I said washing is supposed to solve that one. haven't tried the steam idea.

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    Frixion Ink is PERMANENT

    Yes, it becomes "transparent" when ironed but nevertheless, the ink is still "there" and NOTHING AND I DO MEAN NOTHING will remove it. On the label I placed on a king size DWR marked with the Frixion pen, I clearly stated that if / when the marks return to remove them with a hot iron. Any exposure to freezing cold will cause the marks to re-appear. The pen does make very clear lines but just "be warned."

    If you don't do any pressing on the marks during the construction of your quilt, stain removers will remove most of the markings. Unfortunately, we have to "press" as we go and this causes the Frixion ink to become PERMANENT.

    Again, "Be warned."

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