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Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball Pen Set - Black, Pack of 5

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That’s what I was thinking. Could we use a capful of the ink remover in the wash? Test the fabric would definitely be the right thing to do. I really love these pens, but i do test for the fabrics to see if they shadow. Most batiks do. I hope Pilot will not work on creating something for us quilters. :)

I like to use them like you do. Only when hidden under or in seem lines on the wrong sides. They make great marks where things need to match or where. You need to stop sewing, but on the wrong side of the fabrics and outside the quilt. If you’re not familiar with Frixion pens, they are a line of pens and highlighters made by Pilot that are heat erasable. Frixion pens make a crisp, clear mark which goes on smoothly and easily with no skipping. After quilting, you simply steam the ink lines away and poof, they are gone! This seems like the Holy Grail of marking methods for us quilters. It is important to note that Pilot did not design the pens for fabric and did not test them on fabric while developing the concept. FriXion gel pens include pens with 0.38, 0.4, 0.5, 0.7, and 1.0 mm tips. Most of the pens are refillable, and refills are offered in different tip sizes. You can try different ones without having to buy a new pen. As with most pens, the larger the tip size, the more smoothly it writes. Pilot FriXion Gel Pens Oh Madeline all is not lost! If they’re not going to be shipped around or in the cold they’re great. Always test for ghosting too. The reason they are so popular is because they go on so beautifully without skipping and leave a visible, thin mark. Great article, Thank you so much for writing it. I use them at cutting lines and also when I do embroidery and they will be covered by the thread.Thank you for your comment Ruth-I thnk they have their place, we just have to be aware of their limitations. The marks will reappear if the quilt gets cold (anything below freezing I think-I did not confirm the specific temperature) unless the mark is completely removed with an ink remover. Even after a thorough steam of the marks, they will reappear in the cold. This is part of the inherent chemistry of the ink combination. They were made to have the versatility of a pencil and allow the user to erase mistakes. I think some shop owners are not aware of their issues. Keep in mind though, there are all kinds of applications in the quilting/fabric world for which they are useful. Thank you for your comment Judy!

I wonder why then, quilt shops and everybody recommend these pens for quilting?? If they were NOT made for fabric, what were they made for? What else would you use them on and use heat to make them “disappear”? What would be a good product to recommend a new quilter like myself if you are needed to mark on your quilt. I am not AS accomplished as many of you and require some guidelines sometimes but i am scared to death to use anything at all, not sure what really is best or ok. TRY EITHER ALCOHOL OR HAIRSPRAY, BOTH WILL WORK BUT WHEN YOU APPLY IN IT MAKES THE INK SPREAD AND LOOKS PRETTY SCARY. NEXT APPLY DAWN OR JUST WASH AS USUAL AND IT WILL COME RIGHT OUT. Interesting perspective Susannah-drafting! The manufacturer tells the customer to steam the ink off. I never tried the cool iron which is a great idea. You still have the ghost mark problem though… And I love that your quilts are for snuggling and garments for wearing!! Yes Cindy, it has certainly taught me to beware of anything I put on my quilts, even if everyone else is using it. Thank you for your comment.Thanks for the info,, I’m a new quilter and I love these pens , but I don’t what marks showing up later.. what would be a good way of marking or a different making pen… thanks for any info… Yes Beth, please do share. THank you for asking. And those faded marks are the “ghost” marks from the “invisible” ink. Yikes! It really is something to consider Desmond-thank you for that perspective. I actually didn’t think too much about archival issues until the Frixion pen issue. Also, collectors are finding some of the art quilts that incorporate Tyvek are disintegrating When I teach “Methods of Marking for Quilting”, I reserve extra time just to explain the Frixion Pen.

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