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

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

    Any preference? Pros and cons? THX

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    I use Sewline and like it a lot. Haven't tried the other brand.
    You always have to make a test as some colors might not come off on some fabric.
    Hasn't been a problem for me as I haven't used it where it will show.

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    I, too, use Sewline and have not tried any others (F&P or Bohin). I only use the white and grey leads and have had no problems with the markings coming off (I use water, not an eraser, cuz it does less stretching to the fabric). Been using it over 2 years and recommend it often.
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    I LOVE the Bohin pencil, I use all the different colors, green probably the most, then white or graphite, yellow if I need it. Truth to tell all I used was a mechanical pencil until I used one; now I have about 3.
    After 2 years with the same signature I have been requested to remove it. Bye

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    I use F & P, white and grey. Love them.

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    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.

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    I use the Fons and Porter also, I love them!!!
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    I use F & P, white and grey. Love them.
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    I have both the Sewline and F&P and I can't tell the difference. I like them both!

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    I have noticed that it is now hard to find the colored lead, probably because I and others have had trouble getting them to wash out of the quilt. I have both brands and it is so much easier to mark the quilt with them.
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    I have a Fons & Porter pencil that I refill with Sewline leads (because that's the brand the LQS where I work carries now. They are interchangeable.) I have green, white and pink leads and switch them out, depending on what color fabric I'm marking. We use the Sewline pencil at the shop and carry all colors of leads, plus the separate eraser and refills.

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    they are the same F&P, Sewline, Bolin, Collins However, i never recommend colored leads because too often they don't come out of the fabric - only white and perhaps the graphite color. I suspect they are all made in the same Factory in France.

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    I have a Sewline. But I took a applique class with Ami Simms and she gave us an inexpensive Bic Pencil and it had the Sewline pencil lead in it, so save yourself the money of the pen and just stock up on lead for it. The pencil will say 0.9 mm on it and that is the same size as the lead from Sewline and Bohn, not sure about F&P. I really like them, haven't had trouble with markings not coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OHSue View Post
    I have a Sewline. But I took a applique class with Ami Simms and she gave us an inexpensive Bic Pencil and it had the Sewline pencil lead in it, so save yourself the money of the pen and just stock up on lead for it. The pencil will say 0.9 mm on it and that is the same size as the lead from Sewline and Bohn, not sure about F&P. I really like them, haven't had trouble with markings not coming out.
    The F & P leads I have are 0.7mm. I bought a generic pen for the leads also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble View Post
    I LOVE the Bohin pencil, I use all the different colors, green probably the most, then white or graphite, yellow if I need it. Truth to tell all I used was a mechanical pencil until I used one; now I have about 3.
    I have the Bohin as well and use it with the white leads. Otherwise still just use a regular old mechanical pencil and have never had issues with either washing out.

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    I have used the ceramic lead in regular mechanical pencils. The only difference I have found is that the Brand pencil holder has a short "sleeve" around the tip of the lead which gives it a bit more strength. I didn't try and find a pencil holder like the "brand" but am sure it is out there. It took me a bit of time to find the right mm tho. But in a class we used the substitute successfully.

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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.
    No wonder all their emails now are pushing F&P everything. Ahah.
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    I have both F&P and Bohin. I like them both equally. My LQS sells several colors of refills. Haven't had any problems with either one.
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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 am sad to hear that F & P has bought Keepsake Quilting. I have been disappointed with F & P quality so would now hesitate to continue patronizing Keepsake, where I used to want to live someday!
    "Only those who know enough is enough can ever have enough." Lao Tzu

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    I have the F&Porter Mechanical Pencil and loved using the white to mark a quilt. Only problem was refilling -- it took me forever each time as the lead would not stay down--every time I would press on it to mark, it would retract. Finally the lead would never stay down so I gave up and bought another. I wrote F&P about the problem but never received a response. Keep meaning to take it back to Joann's to see if they would replace it without a receipt. Other than that I loved it. It didn't leave any residual marks on the quilt but I only marked one days worth at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwayslearning View Post
    I am sad to hear that F & P has bought Keepsake Quilting. I have been disappointed with F & P quality so would now hesitate to continue patronizing Keepsake, where I used to want to live someday!
    Why would that have any effect on the quality of goods at Keepsake? Their fabrics are all name brands, they put together their own kits using those name brand fabrics, their sales people and website people are some of the very best in the business, and other than possibly limiting the choices in notions, I don't see why you suddenly won't shop there. I never buy F&P and I don't plan to start, but I'm certainly not going to stop my frequent visits to Keepsake Quilting unless/until they give me a concrete reason to do so. They're innocent until proven guilty in my book.
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    I use the Sewline and love it. I have had no problems removing marks.
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    I love my Bohn

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    F & P Keepsake.

    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 F & P bought out Keepsake Quilting. When did that happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jac View Post
    I didn't know that F & P bought out Keepsake Quilting. When did that happen?
    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.

    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.
    Last edited by ghostrider; 06-26-2012 at 07:49 AM.
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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.
    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.

    But to answer the question, I've used the F&P pencil and like it. I bought a pack of the gray leads to interchange when needed.

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