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I am so mad about the black pencil from sewline. I used it to mark a quit pattern for quilting and then it does not wash out. I have the white one that comes out clean and so bought the black. I have just been searching for tips on line and find that everyone says that the black will not come out.

I used it on a quilt I made for charity and guess it will be ok, but I had started to mark a second top as well. Guess I will try to erase and wash the top and mark with something else. What a pain....Do not use sewline black on anything that will show ........................but good for marking half squares, etc.

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Comment by Lynn Staudacher on December 4, 2010 at 6:43pm
I grabbed a blue ink pen and thought is was my permanent pen I didn't realize it until I washed the baby quilt. I had blue all over the quilt. Took it to the cleaners to see what they could but it was scrapped. I know how you feel. Good lesson learned.
Comment by Pam/NY on December 4, 2010 at 11:46am
I use the F&P mechanical pencils and have not had a problem. I do not mark heavily...
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on December 4, 2010 at 10:57am
Carol Ann is so right about the blue markers--I buy mine at our Wal-mart b/c they constantly sell out. Two cautions--although you probably know them already: never, ever iron over the marks (and try not to leave them in strong sunshine), and leave the markings as short a time as possible. Also, you need to wash them out, not spray them off. I've asked for one of the F&P fabric pencils for Christmas so I'm glad I can try that one soon. I think the Roxanne ones have a waxy substance in them--plus side is that the marks last until the quilt is quilted. Minus is that they keep on lasting! I also learned on this site that when you wash the markings out of a preprinted whole-cloth quilt, you should wash it in plain water--detergent will set the markings. THAT explains a lot!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on December 4, 2010 at 10:37am
I'm sorry - it is so discouraging to use the "right" tool, only to find out it is not as advertised. Hope you can get it out... somehow. When you put so much work into something you don't need it ruined by a pencil not working properly!
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on December 4, 2010 at 9:52am
Terry, regarding the Dritz blue markers, sometimes they are "old" in the store. I try to buy them at places I think might have a good turnover of stock --not the tiny quilt shops. Also, be sure to store them immediately at home with the felt tip DOWN, like in an old coffee cup. For white I use a Fons & Porter mechanical pencil. It makes a very fine white line and comes out easily with a fabric eraser. Be sure to use their leads in the pencil. I know we have all read these instructions before, but remember to try out ANY marker you are planning to use ON A SCRAP OF THE FABRIC FIRST! That has saved me many times.
Comment by Terry F on December 4, 2010 at 8:39am
Dawn, thank you for warning the rest of us. I've even had trouble getting light blue chalk lines out. I really love Dritz blue markers, water soluble ink. They come in regular or extra fine point. Only trouble is, some of them dry out almost as soon as I open them! What's up with that??? Then I've had a couple that have lasted longer than I expected.
I've also tried a white line marker on dark fabrics, it is supposed to go on invisible, and show up when it dries. It was invisible alright, never did show up! I understand your frustration. Hope something works for you!
Comment by J.S. on December 4, 2010 at 6:58am
I'm almost afraid to use anything anymore. I've had so much trouble with markers and pencils. If anyone knows of one that really does wash out good, post it.
Comment by Shannon, ON on December 4, 2010 at 6:29am
have you tried a fabric eraser?
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on December 4, 2010 at 6:22am
How frustrating! I am so sorry. It sounds ridiculous, but I can't get the white chalk markings of my Amish style quilt--I used a Roxanne white marking pencil, and it won't come off. I've sprayed, dabbed, scrubbed with a tooth brush, and it's still there.
Comment by Lynne on December 4, 2010 at 5:18am
Dawn,, I have one but never used it to make quilts,,,thanks for the notice. I use a mechanical pencil with 05 lead to mark my quilts. When washing I make a mixture of 3 oz. water, 1 oz, rubbing alcohol and 2 - 3 drops of dishwashing liquid..NOT Dawn, as it won't work with this. Mix together and apply to quilt with a soft toothbrush. Hope this helps remove the marks for you,,, it does work well with regular pencil marks.

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