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Thread: Pencil Used for Quilting Didn't Wash Out--Help!

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    Senior Member angiecub's Avatar
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    I've only done a few quilts and recently learned how to machine piece. On my most recent quilt, I used a regular (mechanical) pencil with the quilting stencil. When I was done with the quilt, I washed it, and the pencil didn't come out! Has this ever happened to you, and if so, what did you use to "get the lead out?" Thanks for your help.

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    Don't put it in the dryer!

    Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, very wet. I use it all the time on my mechanical pencils. It works.

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    i will have to try that trick

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    Have you tried a bar of fels naptha soap on the dampened markings? Works well on stains on old linens.Also no dryer pab

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    That's why I bought a Fons and Porter pencil and it is absolutely wonderful! Love the white one too for dark fabrics. (Note: I just ordered the refill leads and bought a 9 mm mechanical pencil from Wal-Mart - think I got three for $4 - and saved a lot of $$$ that way!)

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    Thank you, everyone, for your comments. Right now, it is soaking after spraying Oxy Clean on it. If it still doesn't come out, I will have to pick up some of the suggested items tomorrow and try again.

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    I agree with purplemem - don't put it in the dryer. This is good advice for all stains. The dryer will set the stain.

    Spray the pencil marks with Shout. Then re-wash the quilt.

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    what is the best washout pencil/marker for fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    That's why I bought a Fons and Porter pencil and it is absolutely wonderful! Love the white one too for dark fabrics. (Note: I just ordered the refill leads and bought a 9 mm mechanical pencil from Wal-Mart - think I got three for $4 - and saved a lot of $$$ that way!)
    That is a wonderful idea. Thanks for that tip.

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    I had that happen recently and used Awesome cleaner. You can get it at Wal-Mart or Dollar General. Test it first to see if it will damage your fabric. But this did work for me. Good luck.

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    This has been a problem for generations. In a museum I saw a gorgeous pieced and appliqued quilt that dated from the mid-1800s. The quilting designs were marked with graphite pencils and plainly evident all those years later.

    Jan in VA

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    I got this "recipe" from a quilt class many years ago for taking out pencil marks. I have even taken just the rubbing alcohol diluted with a little water- works like magic!

    1 part water
    3 parts rubbing alcohol
    1 or 2 drops dish detergent (Palmolive , Joy NOT Dawn)
    Apply mixture and scrub gently with a soft toothbrush- follow by washing or wiping with a cloth

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    I hope you get the marks out! I have only marked one quilt with regular #2 pencil but I heavily starched the top before marking so the marks came out no problem. I read once that if you heavily starch your top before marking the pencil marks are really on your layer of starch not on the fabric. It worked for me.

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