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    Stupid mistake

    If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. I was going to do some appliqué on a quilt for someone special. I used a supposedly washable felt pen to freehand the ‘branch’ for the flowers in a similar color. The pen marks are behind the stitching and very visible (bright lime green).
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    I tried spritzing water on it to remove the marks...nothing happened. Then spray-on stain remover. The marks on the bottom have faded some, but not these. I can’t wash it because it’s not bound or quilted.

    The only thing I can think of is to pick out the stitches and do the stitch over in a darker and slightly larger stitch, unless someone has a better suggestion. I tried to upload a pic but it just wouldn’t go.

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    I wouldn't take out the stitches but add more to them with a light green to camouflage the marked lines. I would do one and see before taking out all of them.
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    Oh dear! Try adding more stitching in a darker colour. Try couching some wool or trim over the line?

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    Stitching over sounds better to me. I’ll just make the ‘branch’ darker and a bit thicker.

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    Club Soda worked one time for me with a permanent pen.
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    A couple good suggestions above.
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    Can't offer any better suggestions, but maybe your pic was too large to post. If you size it down to around 400x600 it should work.

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    Can you contact the manufacturer for some suggestions from them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I wouldn't take out the stitches but add more to them with a light green to camouflage the marked lines. .
    This is what I would do. The lighter green woven through the darker green will give a nice stem color look.

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    I took a class from Sandra Leichner and she sometimes uses two or more rows of stem stitch next to each other. Sometimes she uses a single thread wrap stitch to combine the two stems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippysmom View Post
    If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. I was going to do some appliqué on a quilt for someone special. I used a supposedly washable felt pen to freehand the ‘branch’ for the flowers in a similar color. The pen marks are behind the stitching and very visible (bright lime green).
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    I tried spritzing water on it to remove the marks...nothing happened. Then spray-on stain remover. The marks on the bottom have faded some, but not these. I can’t wash it because it’s not bound or quilted.

    The only thing I can think of is to pick out the stitches and do the stitch over in a darker and slightly larger stitch, unless someone has a better suggestion. I tried to upload a pic but it just wouldn’t go.
    I would like to know the name/maker of the marker - so I never buy on.

    Try double stitching over the lines
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    was this a quilt marking pen? i wonder if oxyclean would take it out. could you wet it and rub with oxyclean?

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    Jamie Wallen of Quilter's Apothecary says he used a product called Sew Clean on a quilt where he'd accidently used a Sharpie marker and it did come out. But he doesn't say whether it was days later or immediately after the mistake.

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    I had a similar issue when using Crayola Washable Markers. I water spritzed and nothing happened. Then I read the directions and it said to use soap and water to remove. Could that be the problem?

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    It's certainly Not a stupid mistake. It's more one of trusting too much. One thing I learned from this I guess is to do a fabric test first. There are a lot of good suggestions already made. Good luck and hope you don't have to pick out stitches.
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    Hair spray will get out ink, so maybe try that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momsbusy View Post
    I took a class from Sandra Leichner and she sometimes uses two or more rows of stem stitch next to each other. Sometimes she uses a single thread wrap stitch to combine the two stems.

    Hmm, this sounds like a great idea. I think I will try it and see if it looks okay. Thank you all for the wonderful tips!

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    Rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl) often works well to remove inks. Wet with the alcohol then blot to remove the ink. The alcohol with evaporate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippysmom View Post
    Hmm, this sounds like a great idea. I think I will try it and see if it looks okay. Thank you all for the wonderful tips!

    I did it! Just stitched very close to the original stitching and it came out fine!! Great tip to know in the future. Thank you, everyone!!❤️

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