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Thread: Sewline Pencil or Fons & Porter Ceramic Pencil? Pls. weigh in.

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    Senior Member cny_sewer39's Avatar
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    I have not used any of them. Sorry. I will be following this thread.

    Have a blessed day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    I use F & P, white and grey. Love them.
    Me, too. Of course, I think all of F & P's tools are awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829 View Post
    Fons and Porter owns the store? So sad that a small business can't stay independent these days. Now I know why I was getting Fons and Porter related emails from KQ.
    Read my post above yours. Fons & Porter does NOT own Keepsake Quilting; both are owned by the same mega-company and have been for many years.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Read my post above yours. Fons & Porter does NOT own Keepsake Quilting; both are owned by the same mega-company and have been for many years.
    Thanks for pointing that out, Ghost. I missed that post.

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    I'd choose Sewline or Bohin. Fons and Porter I don't like at all. Try writing your name with each one and see what one you like best. Writing your name is a good way to try out any pencil or something to write with while quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    Just yesterday I went to Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire looking for a marker to use on a black background quilt. Since F&P own the store now, there was a great selection of their stuff. Someone told me once before those are great markers, but they cost about $15. I bought a different brand for about $3, since I rarely need a white marker.
    I didn't know that Fons and Porter owned Keepsake Quilting. This board is a wealth of information! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nstitches4u View Post
    I didn't know that Fons and Porter owned Keepsake Quilting. This board is a wealth of information! lol
    It doesn't. Stop this rumor...PLEASE. The ownership was explained above.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...ml#post5318131
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    I haven't used the F&P pencils but have the Sewline pencil and all the color leads to interchange. I really like the narrow line it makes instead of chalk and other disappearing pens/pencils I've used.

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    Where do you get Sewline from?
    Love Projects You Guys Have Done

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    Use the F&P...brushes right off when FMQing. Also great on darker fabrics when making 1/2 square triangles.

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    I got mine on the recommendation of one of my LQS. I have seen them at several of the other LQS that I go to once in awhile. I picked up yellow "lead" at one of them. I really do like Sewline.
    Anita in Northfield, MN

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Keepsake Quilting and her three sister shops weren't purchased by Fons & Porter, they were purchased by New Track Media, LLC...who also owns QNN TV, all the 'Original Sewing and Quilting Expos', multiple quilting and scrapbooking magazines (Quilters Newsletter, McCall's, F&P, Quiltmaker, etc), Quilters Club of America and a pile of other stuff. They are the largest crafts media business in the United States...after only 6 years.
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    The Keepsake founders retired and sold the business to The Riverside Company in 2000. New Track Media acquired it from Riverside in 2007. If you haven't noticed changes by now, it probably won't make much of a difference now that you know about it.

    New Track Media's list of products. http://newtrackmedia.com/product.html

    ETA: Rob O'Brian, the 'boss' at Keepsake since 2004 is still the 'boss' at Keepsake...and a member of this message board, as is the store manager.
    My apologies for passing on an untruth. It was a classic rumor, I guess. My sister heard it from her quilting teacher, and who knows where she got it. Anyway, the store and catalog do seem to be focusing more on kits and precuts than on yardage, but that is a trend everywhere, I think. They still have lots of great fabrics to choose from and most importantly, their personnel are still wonderful. This trip I really liked that they moved the sale room up front and had lots of great items in it. I haven't been there in a few years.
    So again: FONS AND PORTER DID NOT BUY KEEPSAKE!
    Lynn
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    I have the Sewline pencil with three colors of lead in it - pink, white, and black. I love the way it makes a nice sharp, easy to see line, BUT, I just finished a quilt where I used the black lead on a red Moda fabric and it looks like it's not going to come out. Plain water did nothing to remove it, so it's in the washing machine. I checked it once while it was filling up for the rinse cycle and most of the lines are still there. If they are still visible after this washing, I'm going to try a stain remover and wash again.

    Oh, and in case you are wondering, no I didn't iron over the lines.

    Ugh! Live and learn.

    Jodie

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    Update to my post above: After the first wash I could still see the black marks from the Sewline pencil, yikes!, so I sprayed them all with Spray and Wash and washed again. Unfortunately, I could still see them after the second wash. Thinking I was stuck with them, I put the quilt into the dryer, BUT, it came out of the dryer with no marks whatsoever! Yay!!!

    I bought a pack of washable Crayola markers yesterday and tried all 8 colors on some all cotton Moda fabric. The colors came out with plain water. I may try them on a "practice" quilt to see what happens.

    Hope someone finds my info helpful.

    Jodie

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