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GayKennedy 02-22-2007 05:50 AM

I've always read of using soap but never have tried it, Norah. I'll have to give that a try. I haven't found anything that marks really well on dark fabrics yet and I know that would.
I love your signature saying there!!!

Boo 02-25-2007 10:20 AM

I just realized that I have no bar soap in this house at all! In the shower I use that body wash, next to the sink I use liquid and in the kitchen the same. I also used to use bar soap for a pincushion for my safety pins for ease in pin basting. Never thought about the tool I was giving up by switching to liquid soap.

barberette 02-25-2007 05:43 PM

hi, i have used soap slices for years. when i was a kid i don't think they even had marking pencils..lol.. for all you liquid soap users, maybe you can buy a small soap from a motel and use it in the shower untill it gets thin...i think it is the best and costs nothing.. also for all you sewers, if your sewing on fleece, soap is the best marking tool and it shows up great..i'm making a fleece jacket now and the soap is the only thing that i can see..suzanne

Shari 02-27-2007 06:33 AM


I have been using the Roxanne's Quilter's Choice pencils - the grey ones - for many years. It washes out and you can see the pencil mark on dark and light colors.


Irene 02-27-2007 08:52 AM

I found, on dark fabric, a left-over piece of soap (one that is very small and with sharp edges) marks as well as any marking device I have purchases. If the edge begins to dull I take my scissor blade or a sharp knife and sharpen it just as you would sharpen a pencil. Try it - you might like it.

Irene 02-27-2007 08:54 AM

Hi Boo: I will save you some of my old soap bars :)

Boo 02-27-2007 11:38 AM

Irene, no need. :lol: I have just about everything known to man for marking. I sometimes use a hera marker, which puts a crease to follow. For dark fabrics, like black, I found the neatest white pen at the shop. It doesn't show immediately but within a few seconds it leave a very thin white line that washes out or even dampens out with a rag. I do appreciate that someone is looking out for me! :D

Shari 02-27-2007 02:21 PM

Thank you - I will try it.


Sally Dolin 03-03-2007 02:38 AM

To remove the blue marks - there is a toy item available at wall mart called an aqua doodle. 2 refillable pens for about $4.80. Get them and fill them with a mixture of 1 Cup distilled water and add 1 tsp of baking soda. I put this mix in an empty water bottle and labeled it. I doesn't spoil and you won't need much. Now just go over the lines and they are gone. This doesn't push the blue into the batting. I've tested this procedure for the machine quilters group and it works! If you are desperate and don't want to go get the pens give a q-tip a try. This way you don't have to soak the quilt.
Happy Quilting - Sally

Irene 03-03-2007 01:50 PM

Thanks for the tip, Sally. I haven't had any trouble YET removing the blue marks, but you never know when!!!!

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