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Old 12-17-2014, 12:14 PM
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I have heard a lot of talk about the Frixion pens. I have never used them. Well last night I bought my first one. I do like how it rolls and marks, but I saw that the "ink" goes clear when ironed.. it doesn't go away. Then I googled and I found where some woman said the markings come back when the quilts get cold. I live in Indiana.. its going to get cold. What have your experience been with the Frixion pens? I am now afraid to use them. Do they wash out so that the markings don't return when the temperature drops? I don't want the markings to come back.. I will just stick to my washable markers if that is the fact about the Frixion pens
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:15 PM
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I just tried one, too and I was impressed with how easy it was to iron and make it go away. I was told that if you wash the quilt twice, the marks go away. I sure hope they do, it's cold in Iowa too.
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:44 PM
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If I were try the Frixion pens, I would mark several types of fabric, iron, throw in washer and dryer, put in frig, wash, iron, etc. to see if the marks re-appear or not. I'm at the point where I want to test for myself -- especially marking products.
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:48 PM
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I heard that a quilt arrived at a quilt show with all its markings showing. Apparently the quilt was marked with one of those pens, and was mailed/ travelled in the cold and all the marks re-appeared. The quilter had a note on it asking if someone could please run an iron over it if the markings appeared. The person unwrapping the quilts said we don't have time for that! And the quilt was hung with the markings showing.
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Old 12-17-2014, 01:27 PM
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I have also heard that if you iron the quilt after it's quilted, the gel ink will actually melt from the fabric into the batting and won't reappear when chilled. haven't tried this yet, however.
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:21 PM
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I tried hand washing samples and the marks did come back in the freezer. I do use my Frixion pens for small sewing projects but not on my quilts. Frixion pens can sometimes leave a "bleached" mark on dark fabrics also.
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:27 PM
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I am glad that I asked, good info. I don't think I am going to use this, at least not on the project I am working on. This is too scary for me to try
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:34 PM
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I, too, just bought my first friction pen. Tested on the scraps of the fabric I wanted to use it on. Ironed off and then put in the freezer. Marks did come back only lighter. I am wondering if the marks fade over time. I was told that they do go away after washing several times. I bought mine at the LQS and wonder if the ink is somehow different in pens made for quilters.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:08 PM
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Looked at these pens in Staples. Are they the ones in the red packaging that say "erasable" on them? I am willing to try them, but don't know if these are the ones you are talking about. Thanks!
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I got one of these. IMHO, a waste of my money. used on a wall hanging made in a class. Class was 12 sessions in the middle of winter, average night time tempt about 35 to 40 Every time I took my project out of the house to class, all lines and marks showed up again. Would not have been to bad if it had not been an embellishment class. Some lines still show because I could not get under some of the beads, an ribbon work. I played with the pen, at 42* lines showed up. Tried washing marked fabric, 100% cotton, and blends, with everything I could think of, including bleach. Lines kept returning, and some develop light lines that never went away. Went back to the way I was taught, a sliver of hand soap washes out every time. Gave the pen to DGD to draw pictures with.
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