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Thread: Hate my pouncer

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    I bought a pouncer and I have tried to transfer a pattern onto my wall hanging and it worked ok, but when I touch the quilt to work on it the lines disappear completly. When I popped the knot through half of the pattern went up in smoke. What am I doing wrong??

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    Sounds like you are hand quilting.
    It works well on machine quilting.
    I like dissappearing ink but you must not let it sit all day or it will be gone.
    Wash out markers work well too.

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    I worried about the washable markers not washing out if I took too long to finish. Yes I am hand quilting.

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    Try spraying your design lightly with sizing or spray starch after you mark it. Let it dry for a few minutes before you start working with it. It works very well on my chalk markings. Not a good idea if you won't be washing your quilt when it's done though.

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    Thanks I will give it a shot.

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    K I just use a regular HB pencil for marking hand quilting designs (unless it's a really dark fabric then I use a white quilter's pencil) and it works fine - doesn't fade even if something takes months to finish and always washes out no problem. Cheap too! :D

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    Direct sunlight will set the blue marker made to disappear with water. Learn that lesson.

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    I am agreeing with you right now. I just used the pouncer to mark a project I am trying to work on and I can't see the chalk very well. This is the second attempt/failure. I think I wasted my money!!!
    I do know people that love them.......

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    I'm a little worried after reading this. I bought a pouncer about 3 weeks ago (haven't needed to use it yet). I might try and take back :(

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    I love mine. I do spray the quilt top with a little water before I "pounce" it and it seems to work just fine.

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    Sorry, I love mine too and hand quilt w/mine...try a spray of hairspray when you mark the lines....I understand what you are talking about for hand quilting, but, the hairspray should help....otherwise mark you lines for hand quilting w/sewline pencil...I find pounce to work amazing for me when I machine quilt...it is quick and I can remark at any time....so sorry you having a hard time....try hairspray!! SKeat

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    i prefer the pounce powder that has to be ironed off. i've never had a problem with the lines disappearing.

    i roll my quilts up and put them on a frame and by the time i reach the bottom of the quilt those lines are still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Sorry, I love mine too and hand quilt w/mine...try a spray of hairspray when you mark the lines....I understand what you are talking about for hand quilting, but, the hairspray should help....otherwise mark you lines for hand quilting w/sewline pencil...I find pounce to work amazing for me when I machine quilt...it is quick and I can remark at any time....so sorry you having a hard time....try hairspray!! SKeat
    Hair spray before or after the pounce Skeat?

    I will give it a shot again. I was dissapointed with the results so far.

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    I hate my pouncer as well but I do love the chalk. I was watching a program with Marilyn Badger and she has a wonderful tip for using the chalk powder.

    Get the super cheap foam brushes. Dip the brush into the powder and sweep across your stencil. Lays down a beautiful chalk line. Once your stencil is done LIGHTLY spray hair spray or adhesive over the chalk lines to "fix" to your fabric.

    I use it on my machine quilts and it works everytime. If your chalk starts "bouncing" just give a VERY LIGHT MIST of water and that should re activate your hair spray or adhesive and calm down the dust.

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    I pounce my lines....then spray:) Now when I pounce...I actually wipe the pounce across the stencil...then I hairspray:)HOpe that helps...:)Skeat

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    How are you using your pounce pad? You don't actually "pounce" with it. You rub it kind of like a chalk eraser. Spraying it first, with water, was a good idea from littlehud.

    Lots of great info here ladies. Thank you. I learned something new. Awesome. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Yeah the name is defiantly misleading. I read the directions and do swipe it across the pattern like it instructed. The pattern goes on quickly and off just as quickly.

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    I also use the pouncer with the chalk that has to be ironed off. I've used it for small projects and it works great. I have not tried it on a large quilt though.

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    some people spray the designs with hairspray, then wash the quilt. not sure that would be good on the kind you iron to make the markings go away though.

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