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    Question about Crayon Ultra Washable Markers

    I have read the many testimonials on the Board about how great these are to use for marking. I have bought a pack and wondered if it matters which color I use. Is one color better than the other or do they all wash out equally?

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    Interesting question, look forward to other's answers. I have only been brave enough to try the purple on 2 quilts and it washed out perfectly.

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    I marked a white piece of cotton fabric with all the colors and then ironed it. All the colors came out when I washed it. Someone told me Amazon sells the Ultra by color in packages. Some colors I don't use so being able to buy all blue would be nice.
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    A couple of years ago, I gave the markers a try through an experiment. I took yellow T shirts and drew a detailed logo on the back of each with the black marker filling in the spaces. The design was as large as a piece of paper. After we used the shirts once for a skit, I washed them with no special treatment. Poof all the black was gone...not a smidgen of color showed. My biggest regret....I didn't save the design...it was a clever idea if I do say so myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I marked a white piece of cotton fabric with all the colors and then ironed it. All the colors came out when I washed it. Someone told me Amazon sells the Ultra by color in packages. Some colors I don't use so being able to buy all blue would be nice.
    Aren't you sensible? I just went ahead and marked blue on blue for a 'trial' on the quilt I'm working. Your way sounds so much better!
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    I did the same thing..I marked 2 pieces of white muslin with all of the colors, and ironed 1..then let them sit for a week. I washed them and they all came out white without a trace of color anywhere. My new bestie LOL

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    Always pays to do a small test on your own fabric. I do. I've never had a problem with them.
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    ​I would test on some scraps. I wonder if white on white fabrics might react differently?

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    I haven't tried every color but have had good luck with the colors I have used. I have read some reports of some people having a bit of difficulty with the orange.

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    I love them! I have never had any problems with them not washing out. Try them you won't be sorry

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    I have used the blue and the green on my own stuff with no problem. But I used the green on a friend's baby quilt and it would Not wash out! After many panicky attempts to get it out with water, with spot cleaning with blue Dawn, I finally called the friend and explained and asked if I could wash it in the washer. I had already quilted it and made sure that the edges where sewn down and then stuck in the washer. I took 3 washings with Grandma's Stain stick being the final effort that got it out. I do not know what was happening with it--but she did tell me later than she had starched the fabric first. Won't use again .
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshorttimer View Post
    I have used the blue and the green on my own stuff with no problem. But I used the green on a friend's baby quilt and it would Not wash out! After many panicky attempts to get it out with water, with spot cleaning with blue Dawn, I finally called the friend and explained and asked if I could wash it in the washer. I had already quilted it and made sure that the edges where sewn down and then stuck in the washer. I took 3 washings with Grandma's Stain stick being the final effort that got it out. I do not know what was happening with it--but she did tell me later than she had starched the fabric first. Won't use again .
    Good to know. I'm a starcher. I usually stick with Sewline pencil (white and black only).
    If I had to use a colored marker of any kind I would test first.
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    I did a test, and the blue was the only one that washed out completely. I may have only hand washed it, though, and not machine washed it. I'll do another test one of these days.

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    I have used Crayola's fine tip washable markers on light muslin fabric, marking quilting lines in blue, purple, gray, and yellow. (There are many more colors in the pack which I have not yet used). I have had no problems getting any of them washed out. Yeah!
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    I did have a small problems with a green one...one tiny part about a quarter of an inch long refused to wash out. Otherwise I love these markers! Going to check out Amazon to check out a one color pack.

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    I used the color closest to the fabric, just different enough to see.
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    for something cheaper and less stressful - sharpen a bar of soap to a point (good use of used bars) and use the soap to mark - comes out of all fabrics when washed.
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    I've had success with all of the colors I've used. I can see that some fabrics might react differently so I'm suggesting for a person to test marks on the scraps of the fabric you intend to mark to be certain which colors will wash out of that particular fabric.

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    I purchased 2 packages on Amazon a few months ago and have been using them successfully since. I have had no residue that comes back as I have read in other places. In fact am using one this morning. I think they are great no matter what color you are using. The white against a dark color is sometimes more difficult to see but it does work and does the job well.

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    If fabric isn't washed first then the color may interact with a chemical in some fabrics to make it hard to wash away. Always test on a scrap of the same fabric first.
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    I started using these for marking when using my rulers and have found they do wash out. I always color test on a scrap of fabric I am using to make sure it will come out but have had no problems so far. I did find that the red and orange markers are a little harder to remove (requires 2 wash cycles) but they did come out. The biggest problem I have had is if you rest marker on fabric to firmly it will saturate more color into fabric so I have learned to have a light touch and not let marker rest on fabric even for a nano second.

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    I have used the markers for a long time. Love them. Since I wash my quilts, I have never had a problem. But, along with the All-free detergent I add some Oxy Clean. Marks come out every time.

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    I have been using them for about 2 years now. I iron, starch, use hairspray when I am using the pounce chalk in some places ... markers in other places - all on the same quilt … leave for weeks on end, and they always wash out. I have used them on cotton, silk and denim … never had a problem.

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    Wow! Thanks for all the input. Sounds like by and large all the colors will work. Can't wait to try them

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    I love them. When I first start cutting out a project I cut a square of each fabric I am using and mark all the colors on it. And I use a very heavy touch, sometimes going over each line several times. I leave that on my ironing board, and when I am pressing blocks I press that square. It’s not unusual for it to get pressed 20 - 30 times. I wait until I am ready to mark my quilt before I wash the marked squares. I never prewash fabric and I always wash my quilts when finished. Using this square shows me what I can see best on the fabrics and which one washes out the best. Usually the only problem I have is deciding which one I see best. This method also lets me change markers for the different fabrics.

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