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    Question Label using black pen

    What type of pen or marker do I need to use to write on the backing for a growth chart? I don't have a way to make an embroidered label so I am just going to write who it's for and that I made it for him and the date. Thanks for the info! ps the backing is cream colored muslin and it does have iron on batting inside of the front panel (which is really cute with a tall necked giraffe) and the backing.
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    Would love to see a picture, I'm thinking of making one for my GD. There are many fabric markers that are permanent. One is micron pigma. I highly recommend the Zig Millennium because I tested many different markers
    for a wedding signature quilt I was doing and after many washings the zig marker stayed sharp without fading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat13 View Post
    Would love to see a picture, I'm thinking of making one for my GD. There are many fabric markers that are permanent. One is micron pigma. I highly recommend the Zig Millennium because I tested many different markers
    for a wedding signature quilt I was doing and after many washings the zig marker stayed sharp without fading.
    Thanks for the info. This is an item that probably will not ever be washed.....maybe dusted though. What about a laundry marking pen? This year I am trying not to buy ANY items I don't absolutely have to in order to use the notions, fabric, etc. that I already have accumulated....which is a tremendous amount!! I need to use what I have if possible. I guess I should have asked if that would work. What about a regular magic marker? I would love to post pictures but it seems so complicate that I have never tried to. maybe I will with this one.

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    I think just about any marker that is permanent will do the trick for you. I'd look for a permanent marker with a tip size that you want and go from there. You could test on a piece of scrap fabric. I have a Sharpie brand (I think) that I've used in that fashion. To the best of my knowledge it's holding up fine through at least several washings. I just wrote on the back of the quilt as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I think just about any marker that is permanent will do the trick for you. I'd look for a permanent marker with a tip size that you want and go from there. You could test on a piece of scrap fabric. I have a Sharpie brand (I think) that I've used in that fashion. To the best of my knowledge it's holding up fine through at least several washings. I just wrote on the back of the quilt as well.
    Thank you NJ quilter. I always like to hear how someone else has done something. I guess I will go practice with what I've got on hand. Thanks again!

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    I would not recommend using a Sharpie. They bleed on fabric, making the markings less than crisp. I imagine markers would bleed too. Be sure to test anything on a sample before committing. Pigma pens are designed not to bleed.

    Do you have black fabric and iron-on fusible handy? Why not create fusible black lines out of black fabric or any other solid colored fabric? Mark lightly with a pencil, then iron on the fusible mark. You could even sew the lines permanently in place, provided you have used a sew-through fusible.

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    micron pigma pens are permanent, acid free, archival quality- do not run, fuzz around the edges or fade- good for writing on fabrics, fine or medium points in a variety of colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    micron pigma pens are permanent, acid free, archival quality- do not run, fuzz around the edges or fade- good for writing on fabrics, fine or medium points in a variety of colors.
    my main problem is I live in a really small town and have to drive 45 minutes to get a new pen. I guess I was trying to use what I have here cause I probably am not going anywhere I would be able to find something till next week. But I guess I will have to wait until I can buy something else. ummm,,,always a hitch or two huh? Thanks for all the info. I think it best not to use the sharpie then as I surely don't want it running. good information on here!

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    I also use a Sharpie pen to write quilt labels and have been very satisfied. I suppose it bled a little bit, but didn't mess with the ability to read the label.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Why not do some practice pieces with what you have on hand and see which one looks best to you. I don't see why the laundry marker wouldn't work for you. There are so many ways to do things. Just see what works for you. I love your plan to use up items that you have on hand!

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    I use Pigma pens and faberic markers

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    After you decide which pen you will use (practiced first) make sure you iron it to set the ink. You could make a separate label (as a test) and then sew to chart????

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    I woud do a label separate and hand stitch it to the quilt. That way if you screw up the writing you can do it again. I would try a Sharpie with a fine tip. Bonnie hunter was talking about doing labels for her quilts and I like her idea. She uses a square of muslin that she folds in half to make a triangle. She sews the 2 raw edges into the corner of the quilt when she machine stitches the binding on. She then hand finishes the binding onto the back, writes her message on the triangle and hand stitches the bias fold to the quilt back.
    If you go to Youtube and watch her QuiltCam from last week, she was doing one for the baby quilts she was doing the binding on.

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