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Thread: Input please on Pilot Frixion gel pens for marking

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    Input please on Pilot Frixion gel pens for marking

    Today at my LQS, I was told the above are fantastic to mark your tops for quilting. The LQS carries them but believe you could find them in any office supply store. You can mark you fabric, then either erase or what was suggested is to take a hot iron to the marking. I know, completely different than anything we've been told in the past. The iron removes the marking and it only comes back if the fabric is so cold it could freeze. I bought a couple but I'm a bit skeptical. Will fool around a little on some scrap.

    Anyone else heard of or used these pens? Thanks.

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    They're great pens!

    However, be aware that while the hot iron removes the ink ... sometimes there is a bleached line on the fabric (both dark and light fabrics) as a result. TEST it as you would use it ... with the identical fabrics and treatments, and make your decisions.

    I love the ones I have, and most of the time, I use them on the back side to mark fabric, so the bleaching isn't really a concern for me.


    And yes, they are the same pens as you can buy at Staples. I bought a pack with several different colours, for a lot less than the individual pricing would have been at the LQS.
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    love em. Use them all the time and have not had a problem. A blow dryer also makes it disappear or the dryer will do it.

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    Love them, too. I've been told that once the fabric is washed and dried that the lines won't reappear in the freezer (LOL). Better price buying multiples at Staples than LQS. I really like the blue one.

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    I use these pens all the time and love them--so far have not noticed any bleached out lines and use them on dark fabric all the time. And can't see the black ones on light fabric after using the iron on them. And yes, they are much cheaper at Staples or other office supply stores. So far have not seen them at Walmart tho.

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    I also use the pens and love how easy it is to iron off the marks....I have seen the lines left on darker fabrics, but don't think it is bleaching the fabric as it does wash out....always test fabrics with the pens to make sure there are no issues....I found them at the LQS in lots of colors, but would love for them to make one in white or at least something that shows on black/dk. brown fabrics.....am quite sure they never imagined their pens being used to mark quilts!

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    I use them all the time. I love them!!!!

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    There have been many, many threads here about them, you could do a search to investigate whats been said in the past. I won't use them. My concern is what remains in the fabric even after you "iron" the ink out. I prefer to use pens specifically designed for marking fabric.

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    The do come back if you use them on light fabric no matter how much you iron them
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    I think these are great pens. I use them in quilting, embroidery and appliqueing. I know there has been some issues with the designs coming back. My opinion is that if it gets that cold I'm not caring about a few marks on my quilt and neither will anyone else. I also have heard about them leaving a line on Batiks so I'd probably be more careful there. I won't quilt using them and normally go to Office Max to get them; there are so many colors which really helps in the quilting field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    There have been many, many threads here about them, you could do a search to investigate whats been said in the past. I won't use them. My concern is what remains in the fabric even after you "iron" the ink out. I prefer to use pens specifically designed for marking fabric.
    These are designed for fabric. Some of those pens designed (blue) for quilts have their issues. If you get them too hot rather from an iron or leaving them in your hot car it'll set them in. If you don't soak them (most just rinse) they'll come back and if you've ironned in the meantime they may be permanent. If you get them the least bit wet your design is gone which can be a pain. Sometimes I use both depending on what I'm doing. I soak my fabric in water (hot if not the blue pens) sometimes with soap and then iron them when almost dry. Never had a problem
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    Your best bet is to buy one and test it yourself, that is what I did. I posted under Quilt in the freezer. I love them for drawing Red Work embroidery patterns because I stitch over the line and then erase any bits showing with the iron. I also like them for small sewing items. They definitely have a place in my sewing room. Would I use then to mark quilting lines on a quilt going to a show? Probably not but I have seen on major quilt blogs where others do. Frixion pens are like asking if you pre-wash fabric or not, it is a personal choice.

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    I love the & use them on a lot of my quilts.

    A question- I have found the 3 pack of red, blue & black at Staples. Is there a silver or white available for marking on dark fabrics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    My opinion is that if it gets that cold I'm not caring about a few marks on my quilt and neither will anyone else.
    See, this is the part that most people think I'm talking about when I say I won't use the pens because those marks don't entirely disappear. I'm not worried about the marks coming back if I send my quilt to the North Pole and it gets cold. I'm worried about the fact that because they come back, there is obviously some ink still on/in the fabric, and nowhere does it say they are acid-free and archival quality! I'd much rather use my Sewline fabric pencil, which is designed specifically for fabric use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    These are designed for fabric.
    I respectfully disagree. Who told you this? When I found my first Frixion pen 4 or 5 years ago, I did a LOT of research about them. I searched the internet and contacted the manufacturer. They were never designed for fabric. The manufacturer might be marketing them as such NOW, since there's been such chatter about them, but that still doesn't mean they were originally engineered for this purpose and contain acid-free ink.

    But, to each her own. If you want to use them in your quilt, by all means do so. As I said, I still prefer to use products that I KNOW are safe.

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    They have less chemicals in the ink then in the fabric printing process. I use them, even for writing on paper.
    Got fabric?

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    I love mine, I did notice a line on the fabric when I had used a black one, but I had left the project several weeks, thought that was why and I haven't washed the project yet, I usually use the red one but am pressing as I go and haven't had any problems.

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    I just discovered these last week! My friend told me about them, and then we found some at a quilting/sewing garage sale. I used it on a darker batik and did notice a thin line that looked like bleach. It's small and not noticeable unless you know what you are looking for.

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    I was told by a company rep that they react differently on Batiks versus quilting cottons. BUT - can't remember what the difference is!!! I think the comments about white lines was the reaction on Batiks.
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    While I am aware of the problems with using Frixion pens, I confess that I use them often, usually on light fabric. So far, I have been pleased. I purchase mine from Staples. I do test them on a scrap of fabric before using them and do not use the on fabric that has a bleach line when heated.

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    The white line goes away with washing. At least the lines on my batiks and dark fabric did.
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    Since i wash my quilts when i'm finished, anything left after the heat causes the markings to disappear, is then washed out when after going thru the washing. Lead pencils were left in quilts for years and years and years. One word of warning though. If you live in a warm climate and you keep the quilt in the car, beware that your markings will disappear!! (says she w/ experience )
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    Quote Originally Posted by gotta-sew View Post
    love em. Use them all the time and have not had a problem. A blow dryer also makes it disappear or the dryer will do it.
    I'm a big fan of them, too!!
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    You are 100% right about then coming back on some light fabric.


    Quote Originally Posted by Up4BigChal View Post
    The do come back if you use them on light fabric no matter how much you iron them

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    I've used the black pens for several years and LOVED them. No problems at all.

    I got a pen for darker fabrics (Frixion) that was more like an orange marker. The markings would not come out of the dark green Hoffman fabric on a Grinch quilt. Very disappointing. (of course I did not test since the other pens worked so well. Lesson learned.

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