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Old 09-16-2012, 08:02 AM
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With all the mixed information out about the Frixion pens, I wanted to get the definitive answer for myself. I used my black Frixion pen to mark the pattern on a lap quilt for my Redwork. The fabric was starched and ironed before cutting out the blocks but not washed. I drew the pattern (a couple of times before I got it right) did the Redwork, constructed, quilted and ironed the quilt to remove the black marks.
I washed my quilt in the regular top load washing machine on gentle with a sprinkle of Tide and fabric softener in the dispenser. I ran it through a brief wash/rinse cycle. I put the lap quilt in the dryer to almost dry and blocked it to finish drying. After it was completely dry, I loosely folded it and put it in a large bag with the top open. I put my bag/quilt in the chest freezer for 3 hours. The Frixion marks are just BARELY visible. If you didn't know they were there you probably wouldn't see them. I will throw the quilt in the dryer today to remove the faint lines.
I will be using my Frixion pens again as I need them. If I ever (not going to happen)was sending a quilt to a major competition in a airplane cargo hold(very cold) I might be concerned that a judge might notice the faint lines while judging.

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Thank you.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:14 AM
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Just backs up what people are warning us about. I won't use them on quilts. Thanks for reconfirming my decision;>
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I really have to get some of these. I keep forgetting to look for them until I see something posted about them. Since I'm pretty sure that none of my quilts will end up in a freezer I'm good. Will be nice to have something that last but does leave when you want it
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I have't read about any warnings other then posts from a few people on quilting boards. Mosst haven't used the pens or researched the pens to know anything about them. Lots of professional show quilters blog about these pens and how great they are. If fabric can handle the harsh chemicals used in manufacturing, it can hold up to a non toxic marking pen. The whitish marks left on dark fabric do go away. At least the ones on my quilt did.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:03 AM
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thanks for sharing your experience
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Candace View Post
Just backs up what people are warning us about. I won't use them on quilts. Thanks for reconfirming my decision;>
Ditto, especially when there are so many other products on the market that are specifically designed for this purpose and actually wash out.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:15 AM
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Is it the cost of Frixion pens that make them so appealing? I've never used or bought one.
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Though remember your fabric was not washed first then starched and ironed.

This isn't the same as using on a prewashed not treated piece of fabric.

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You don't need to use them. There are many marking pens to use but all have as many cons as pros. Many antique quilts have visible marking lines and every thinks how great to be able to see the quilter's markings. Why wouldn't future generations think the same about the non toxic pen marking we use today?
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