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Thread: Pencil on fabric

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    So I have heard if you use hair spray it will come off, does this work if you have already washed it and if not what now? How do I get ot off?

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    If it went through the laundry, I'd say it was pretty much permanent. Sorry... :-(

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    Mr Clean Magic Eraser will get it off! I just used it and it worked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Mr Clean Magic Eraser will get it off! I just used it and it worked!
    I have one, I will give it a try. Should I use it wet or dry?

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    wet, very wet

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    i use magic eraser - although, i will admit i use it before washing. I use it dry - making sure the quilt is on a hard surface - table...

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    now I thought ppl marked their quilts with pencil and it came off???? and now u say it might not???? i'm so confused!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    now I thought ppl marked their quilts with pencil and it came off???? and now u say it might not???? i'm so confused!!!
    I use pencil all the time. Sometimes if I've marked with heavy lines, I've had to wash it twice but never more than that.

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    I didn't know pencil would not come out easily.

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    I use pencil all the time.. I do try to keep the lines fine and I use a soft gum art type eraser to remove it.

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    I hope it comes out ok - I never use pencil now for that reason discovered artists washable pencils they come in a variety of colours and will always come out either by sponging off or putting through the wash

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    I would shy away from pencils :wink: there are many other washable pens on the market :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Mr Clean Magic Eraser will get it off! I just used it and it worked!
    Thanks. I needed to hear this.

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    I use crayola brand washable marker both the scented and unscented. Sofar so good. I make sure not too iron over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janedee
    I hope it comes out ok - I never use pencil now for that reason discovered artists washable pencils they come in a variety of colours and will always come out either by sponging off or putting through the wash
    tell us more!

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    I used pencil on my first quilt, a table runner, and the marking did not come out. Luckily I did not like the thing anyway so was not heartbroken. I have no idea why I chose the fabrics. A woman in the small group I was with at the time even asked that question.hehe

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    I use the yellow mechanical pencils--the pencil, not the lead it yellow, bought in a package at WalMart, in the stationary aisle. The lead is very thin, and with light pressure will make markings that disappear during the quilting. Have never left the markings on a quilt for a long time, perhaps it makes a difference if the markings are fresh.

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    I use the yellow mechanical pencils--the pencil, not the lead is yellow, bought in a package at WalMart, in the stationary aisle. The lead is very thin, and with light pressure will make markings that disappear during the quilting. Have never left the markings on a quilt for a long time, perhaps it makes a difference if the markings are fresh.

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    I use a mechanical #2 pencil with the thinnest lead. So far, so good, no problems. Good luck removing those marks.

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    I haven't used it yet, but there is a new pencil on the market called Sketch and Wash".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippy
    I use pencil all the time.. I do try to keep the lines fine and I use a soft gum art type eraser to remove it.
    I use a mechanical pencil, very fine lines and always wash afterwards. Never had a problem with the lines staying on the fabric.

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    the reality of removing marks is.........what might work for you doesn't necessarily work for me. Many factors such as: washed or unwashed fabric, type pencil, pressure put on marker. Regular pencil has wax in the graphite that makes it difficult to remove. Some have more than others. size of marked line - sharp vs wide line.....
    So the botton line is to always test before marking to make sure.

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    I have started using pencil and eraser. It is better to use cheap pencils and I forget what size lead they are. I use the cheap retractable lead pencils that you can get at the dollar store, etc. Very light pressure but I have erased darker lines too with a little more effort. I have used the blue disappearing markers but had trouble with the blue coming back after being washed.

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    Baby wipes work wonderful for removing pencil and marking pencil lines

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    i left some pencil markings on a quilt top for about two yrs and soaked it in Oxy clean and also rubbed the lines while wet. they came out. good luck.

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