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Thread: Pilot Frixion Pens

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    Senior Member MoMoSews's Avatar
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    I just have to thank whoever commented on a post about using the Pilot Frixion Pens for marking designs on fabric. THEY ARE AWESOME!! I bought some at our local Staples store. I have used the red one on all colors of fabric and ALL the designs I marked came right off with a little ironing. Halleluya!! Yep, thats right...the gel just dissappears!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoMoSews
    I just have to thank whoever commented on a post about using the Pilot Frixion Pens for marking designs on fabric. THEY ARE AWESOME!! I bought some at our local Staples store. I have used the red one on all colors of fabric and ALL the designs I marked came right off with a little ironing. Halleluya!! Yep, thats right...the gel just dissappears!
    I heard about them in time to do some "stocking stuffing" for Christmas. The gals were excited to get them. I could only find blue and black. It's good to know there is red too.

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    Thank you for sharing this :D:D:D

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    These look interesting, so I read some reviews on Amazon. What I'm wondering is whether or not the chemicals in the ink remain on the fabric. Reviews said the ink disappears when exposed to heat, but reappears when it becomes cold. This makes it great for kids' "secret messages", but maybe not so great for marking a quilt?

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    Good to know, I'm looking for something to make dark fabric :-)

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    I will be going to Staples tomorrow, Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Featherweight did once. i bought some buthaven't used themyet.

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    Hmmm... Interesting. I have some or school and they work well on paper. I will have to try it on some scraps. They have highlighters, too!

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    how neat

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    You are right Nativetexan. I have red, blue and black. Our LQS carries hot pink, purple and I can't remember the other colors. I LOVE them!!!

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    So, does the ink reappear or is that just an ole wives' tale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com
    So, does the ink reappear or is that just an ole wives' tale?
    none of mine has reappeared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    These look interesting, so I read some reviews on Amazon. What I'm wondering is whether or not the chemicals in the ink remain on the fabric. Reviews said the ink disappears when exposed to heat, but reappears when it becomes cold. This makes it great for kids' "secret messages", but maybe not so great for marking a quilt?
    I haven't had a problem with anything reappearing. I quilt in the basement and it stays chilly until I run the fireplace.

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    Going to pic some up today...I hope they are just fabulous to use! Thanks for the tip!

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    If you freeze the quilt, below 14F, it will re-appear. A quick tap with the iron, over 140F, will remove it once more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    These look interesting, so I read some reviews on Amazon. What I'm wondering is whether or not the chemicals in the ink remain on the fabric. Reviews said the ink disappears when exposed to heat, but reappears when it becomes cold. This makes it great for kids' "secret messages", but maybe not so great for marking a quilt?
    When I read this I had a sample with ink markings. I had marked the fabric with the date for thirty days to make sure that age didn't change the properties. I tossed it in the freezer to see what getting it cold would do and all of the previously heat erased markings have returned.

    This was discouraging because I had hoped to find the perfect marking method.

    Joy

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    Hmmm...good info...I am going to take note and get some of these...it's hard to find a good marking pen that works..thanks..

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    I guess if I decide to freeze my quilt that I will get the iron out and iron the marks out again. I have not had any
    markings come back and it has been very cold around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I guess if I decide to freeze my quilt that I will get the iron out and iron the marks out again. I have not had any
    markings come back and it has been very cold around here.
    This may sound "dumb" but under what conditions would your quilt "freeze?"..I don't know girls, but if it's so cold your quilt freezes, I don't think I'd be worried about the markings...:)..couldn't resist..:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    This may sound "dumb" but under what conditions would your quilt "freeze?"..I don't know girls, but if it's so cold your quilt freezes, I don't think I'd be worried about the markings...:)..couldn't resist..:)
    Shipping it back to the customer in the winter would be my concern.

    Joy

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    This may sound "dumb" but under what conditions would your quilt "freeze?"..I don't know girls, but if it's so cold your quilt freezes, I don't think I'd be worried about the markings...:)..couldn't resist..:)
    Shipping it back to the customer in the winter would be my concern.

    Joy
    Never thought about shipping but see your point...especially in areas where it's below zero....:)

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    My concern is about what the chemicals that are left in the quilt might do to the fabric. Even if you can't see them, the fact that the markings come back when cold indicates there are still chemicals in the quilt even after the markings have been "erased". If the chemicals are acidic, they could be gradually eating the fabric along the marked lines.

    Does anyone know if the re-appearance of lines in the cold ceases after the fabric is washed? That would indicate to me that the chemicals wash out, in which case the pens would work for me since I always wash my quilts as soon as they are finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Does anyone know if the re-appearance of lines in the cold ceases after the fabric is washed? That would indicate to me that the chemicals wash out, in which case the pens would work for me since I always wash my quilts as soon as they are finished.
    I'll iron my markings out again and toss it in the washer and see what happens.

    I had so hoped that these were going to be the perfect marker. I did auto body design and, while I can do nothing freehand, I am very good mechanically. I was looking forward to some very nice designs to work with.

    Joy

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    This may sound "dumb" but under what conditions would your quilt "freeze?"..I don't know girls, but if it's so cold your quilt freezes, I don't think I'd be worried about the markings...:)..couldn't resist..:)
    Shipping it back to the customer in the winter would be my concern.

    Joy
    Add a note "If you should see a marking on quilted area simply touch with hot iron and it will disappear"

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    DO NOT USE THESE PENS!!!

    On another site, a test was run with washing the test piece. The marks were able to return after washing. The chemicals do not leave your fabric.

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