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    Do I really need a marking pencil or tailor chalk to do my markings for my sewing lines, or can I just use a #2 pencil? :?

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    if you're sure it will wash out use anything you like, I've never had trouble with pencil and often use them

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    Are they sewing lines that will show up later? I use a pencil or even a pen sometimes to mark the lines for my half-square triangles, but those marks will never show. If there is a chance of being seen, such as a quilting line or an actual sew-on line on the right side of the fabrics, you will want to make really really sure that the marks will come out.

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    are you marking the front or the back of the fabric?

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    I used a pencil years ago, and it did not wash out

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    I use pencil all the time and I never had a problem. Make sure to mark lightly. Also, after I wash the quilt, I check it closely to be sure the lines are gone. If they are not, I put some laundry detergent (liquid kind) directly on the places that still have marks and rub gently (like you would on regular laundry to get out stains). Then I rewash and check it again. The most I've ever had to wash was 3 times and that was because I marked too heavily. Once the marks are gone, toss it in the dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    are you marking the front or the back of the fabric?
    The front

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    When I use pencil, I use a mechanical pencil with a very fine lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmg
    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    are you marking the front or the back of the fabric?
    The front
    If it is a quide for quilting then yes you need something that will come out.

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    I use the Treasure Marker from www.cottagemills.com....look under notions. It's a "pencil" that you can use the black graphite or switch out and use the white soapstone. I've used it for a year, always washes out and haven't had to sharpen it yet! I LOVE this thing...in fact, I have one on order for a quilting friend!

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    Do a trial block and see what happens. It may work for you or you may hate it.

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    Bic makes a mechanical pencil that is so cheap, it wipes out very easy. I got a bunch and use them all the time.

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    I used a pencil before and had problems with not coming out. So for a little expense I bought the disappearing ink pens. You can buy blue which comes out with a spritz of water or the purple disappears within a few hours. Worth the money for me. Takes less time than trying to "erase" pencil.

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    I have used pencil but only where it won't show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    if you're sure it will wash out use anything you like, I've never had trouble with pencil and often use them
    I have used pencil too

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    thanks for this information on the marker

    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I use the Treasure Marker from www.cottagemills.com....look under notions. It's a "pencil" that you can use the black graphite or switch out and use the white soapstone. I've used it for a year, always washes out and haven't had to sharpen it yet! I LOVE this thing...in fact, I have one on order for a quilting friend!

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