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Thread: New Fabric Marking Pen

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    Junior Member SandraQuilts's Avatar
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    I went to a retreat this weekend with some friends. A few had just gone up to Paducah, KY and came back with some neat stuff. One of the things I LOVE is this new pen. A friend sold me one of her extras, they come in different colors, for $3.00.
    It marks very easily on fabric, like a roller ball pen, and then irons off like MAGIC!~
    No instructions came with mine, I don't know where she got it, except somewhere in that area. There is what a appears to be an eraser on the end, but the best way to remove is by iron.
    Thought I'd share.
    OH!~ written on it is: remove by friction
    PILOT Ball FriXion
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    I can read "Pilot", but what else does it say on the pen? Can these be purchased in Staples or are they unique to LQS?

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    you can search this forum for information on this pen. its been out for over a year now and their is a lot of controversy regarding this pen.

    some say its ok to use and others say its not safe.

    i have see many blog posts about this pen where people made samples and the markings never went away.

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    do not use on dark fabric, it absolutly ruins them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I can read "Pilot", but what else does it say on the pen? Can these be purchased in Staples or are they unique to LQS?
    I'm sorry, I don't know. I wrote all I know. I will try to find out. It works great for me and I love it. I'm very behind on things, so was thrilled to find this.

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    you can buy them at many office supply stores for a lot cheaper then what the LQS charges.

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    I got mine at Staples at the back to school sale and they were really cheap. I haven't had any trouble with them, so far. No dark colors, have to remember that. My pens are black anyway so I guess that doesn't matter to me.

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    FriXion

    http://www.google.com/search?q=FRIXI...=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe=

    Also if you enter Frixion in the search block at the top of the message board you will get lots of threads to check out here.

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    Had NO idea or I'd not have even mentioned it.
    I'm always so behind on everything. Should have known ya'll had already covered this... still kind of new here.

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    BEWARE!! The pen marks will disapear with heat, but if it gets cold (like up north), they will reappear! We did a test at a LQS. So DON't use it to mark your quilt for quilting.

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    The marks come back when subjected to extreme cold weather. I tested it by ironing away and then placing in the freezer. The marks came back. I then ironed away and washed the sample and returned to the freezer. The marks still came back, but not as vivid. The pen has it's place like marking half square triangles, but I wouldn't use it on an area that would show.

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    Here's a link to the posts on this forum
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/search....Frixion&u=&s=0

    The posts sound like that old nursery rhyme,
    When it was good it was very very good, but when it went bad it was horrid
    Both great results and disasters.

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    I have tested every pen I could find, and haven't been happy with any of them. I am getting ready to test a chalk pen I recently bought and hope that it works better than the others. It is new and I got it at the LQS. I didn't buy the actual pen only the refills. They fit in a mechanical pencil that I already have. I wouldn't try those pens since the marks return in the cold. I wonder if you are supposed to erase the marks since there is an eraser on the pen.
    Sue

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    I think it is wonderful for marking a sew line or cut line, so I will use these. I won't mark a quilt top, as I have great luck with a chalk or light pencil mark.
    I don't get hung up on detail, as my quilts will be washed and washed and loved, none will ever go in shows or museums. So... I thank ya'll for your input.

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    These pens are fine to use for marking fabric for me. Many quilt bloggers have tested and retested them. One blogger, a chemist, tested the pens on fabric with starch, no starch, washed, ironed, and frozen. I forgot all the results but the chemical analysis showed the pens do not harm cotton fabric. Quilt bloggers are in the thousands online and one bad product, the news travels in seconds to millions of followers. Same with a great new product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    These pens are fine to use for marking fabric for me. Many quilt bloggers have tested and retested them. One blogger, a chemist, tested the pens on fabric with starch, no starch, washed, ironed, and frozen. I forgot all the results but the chemical analysis showed the pens do not harm cotton fabric. Quilt bloggers are in the thousands online and one bad product, the news travels in seconds to millions of followers. Same with a great new product.
    That was my gut feeling. I live in the south where the cold is not a factor and don't plan on having a quilt show in my freezer. lol
    I think it is fine for cutting and sewing lines. I think the pioneer women would have flipped over this! Lord, we are so spoiled, aren't we?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    you can search this forum for information on this pen. its been out for over a year now and their is a lot of controversy regarding this pen.

    some say its ok to use and others say its not safe.

    i have see many blog posts about this pen where people made samples and the markings never went away.
    ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie-susie-susie
    I have tested every pen I could find, and haven't been happy with any of them. I am getting ready to test a chalk pen I recently bought and hope that it works better than the others. It is new and I got it at the LQS. I didn't buy the actual pen only the refills. They fit in a mechanical pencil that I already have. I wouldn't try those pens since the marks return in the cold. I wonder if you are supposed to erase the marks since there is an eraser on the pen.
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    Please let us know how the chalk pen tested out. Thanks.

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    yep i bought two but never used them. i don't care for things that iron off. i'm scared they will come back and on a quilt i'd be extremely upset if they did.

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    I'm using them. I love them.

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    IMHO, it's fine if you don't plan on putting your quilt in the freezer.... :-)

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    I have 2 of these, haven't used them yet! got them at my local fabric store. 8-)

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    I have them and love them - touch it with an iron and its gone. Also, there is an eraser on the end of the pen and you can erase lines too.

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    I LOVE these pens. So what if the lines reappear if frozen. Usually am cutting along a line so I don't care. They have a fine point and this is something I cannot get from other pencils and chalks.

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