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Thread: Marking a quilt with new pen.

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    Hi Everyone,
    I was reading another thread about ink pen ruining a quilt and I thought I would share a new product on the market by pilot.
    It is an ink pen that is a nice sharp point in black ink that disappears when you are finished by heat. You just iron it and it is gone!
    I found it at the last quilt show I went to in july when I was buying a large embroidery project. It is amazing! I bought it from a quilt shop booth. Now I am not sure of the name of it, I think it was the blue petunia. But I have thier card upstairs if you can not find it locally.

    Here is a pic of what they look like. I think they were five bucks a piece. (Now.. don't look at my stained grout, I live in the country where the wind blows sand in all the time.)

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    I should mention that they say it is a friction removable pen. But the lady showed me with an small clover iron how to take it off with heat.

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    This will be great if the marks don't make a ghost appearance after several weeks. I had that happen before.

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    Have you stitched with it yet? When you sew over the markings does it stick to the threads, how well does it disappear off the stitch line?

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    In reading the reviews on Amazon on these pens it mentions if You leave your "math Homework in a hot car" It will disappear but you can remedy this by placing it in the freezer. So I think if your Quilt was stored where it was cold the marks may come back. Just a FYI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    In reading the reviews on Amazon on these pens it mentions if You leave your "math Homework in a hot car" It will disappear but you can remedy this by placing it in the freezer. So I think if your Quilt was stored where it was cold the marks may come back. Just a FYI
    In other words, don't store your quilt in the freezer!!!

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    I would test it, iron it out, throw your test in the freezer and see what happens. If it does reappear after the chill, try washing a sample after ironing and freeze it. Better to be safe than sorry.
    I am watching to see if this will really work, cause if it does, I need some of those!!!

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    I too, am very hopeful that this a solution to marking, have been waiting for THE 'miracle pen' that marks easily and disappears without a trace when you are done with it!!!!

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    I have a friend out in MI looking for those. I am hoping she will find me a couple of them. Glad to hear they really do work.

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    Thanks quiltzilla for the links. On the first one I saw they have a five pack multi-colored. Cool! For redwork and bluework those would be perfect!

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    I bought a three pack of the FriXion pens a couple of days ago. The colors of the pens that I bought are orange, pink and purple. I played with the to see how well the worked. The orange and pink disappear completely when heated, but the purple does not. I am hoping to get the black FriXion soon. I'll let you know how they work once I know. It is fun to put things in the freezer to bring back the color.

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    Ohhh... be careful to keep these away from your other pens - wouldn't want someone to accidentally write a check with one of these!! Otherwise they sound interesting, will have to watch for them.

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    i got some at Walgreens.

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    Walgreens has them? That is good to know.
    I have only bought the black and it works fine.

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    I got some at Walgreens and then bought red, black and blue at Staples. 3 for 5.49. I also bought the first one at a
    quilt show last month. paid 4.00 for it.

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    i had one of the blue water-disappearing pens ruin a beautiful old pink and white quilt, every since then i will not use anything except pencil and chalk, and i test every time. i try to not have to mark my fabrics, if i am doing applique or hand piecing i mark at 1/8" instead of 1/4" then i know i have to stitch exactly 1/8" inside my mark. i still have the line to follow but if the pencil is not going to come out it is not going to be visible. those new pens are cool looking and if i see one somewhere i will probably buy it and try it. i do not use them ever on my quilts but i will try it for something else, like a table runner or something.

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    If you wash the quilt after it is done quilting, won't the marks wash away?
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    whooo boy finaly a great fabric marking penset if they dont ghost, then they will turn the fabric marking world on its bum.

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    I read on a tip section somewhere that if you mix a small amount of Bakinbg Soda in a spray bottle with water, the blue dissappears more effiently than with just water.

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    My question is if you mark the quilt. Do you have to iron the quilt with in a few hours/ minutes? Or can it be left in for a week or 2? I have a sick husband and some times I have to leave my quilt for a week or more and not get back to it. Any in put?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingWithMissy
    My question is if you mark the quilt. Do you have to iron the quilt with in a few hours/ minutes? Or can it be left in for a week or 2? I have a sick husband and some times I have to leave my quilt for a week or more and not get back to it. Any in put?
    I haven't left any on a project for that long. I think I would pretest on a scrap of what I am using to be sure.

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    Hi, My friend told me about this pen. It is a Pilot Frixionball .7 (I think that is the size of the tip) and I googled it and found Walgreens and Costco carry them, so I am sure other stores do also.

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    I left the ink in fabric for over 3 months and it ironed out completely....believe me I was a little worried when I realized that it was still on the fabric after all that time. I too have tested it by washing the fabric to see if it washes out and it has on every piece that I have washed. However, if you are concerned about this, always pre-test...it takes just a few minutes to mark, iron, then swish in a little water and detergent. It can save you lots of anguish later on.

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    There have been several other discussions on threads here with regards to this pen. It is always advisable to test any product on scrap fabric the same as your project. This includes having the scrap fabric pre-washed and treated the same manner as the quilt. The advisement says that the marks go away with heat, but some have reported that they can reappear when cold or moisture is applied. It is not certain at this point whether washing with soap and water will fully remove the ink from the fabric. So always pre-test on your project.

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    I was reading about these pens on a blog....do not remember which one...sorry
    This quilter marked the fabric with the black marker, ironed the fabric and the marking disappeared, then she put it in the freezer and the marking reappeared. She washed, iron and froze it once again and the mark came back but not as dark. I would like to beleive that this marker is the anwser to our marking whoas but I am not ready to jump on the wagon.

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