IN QUEST OF THE PERFECT QUILT MARKING TOOL
Do you have trouble choosing the right marking tool for your quilts?
If so, you are in good company…
As we discussed on Open Line Friday, Does the Perfect Marking Pen Exist…choosing a marking tool for fabric is always a challenge.
Many quilters like the blue washable markers–but we’ve all heard some horror stories of the ink returning to spoil a quilt. I gave up on these markers years ago…every time I reached for mine–DRY! Keeping a supply of working blue pens was just impossible–and too expensive…
Thus began my search…
A good marking pens for quilt MUST be:
- Easy to see
- Easy to erase
- Strong–not too breakable…
- Reasonably priced
The Dritz Chalk Cartridge Set
Go-to marker for all types of marking. (Slightly thick line–can be sharpened.)
With several colors in the package, it is easy to see.
Removes easily with light brushing. Occasionally requires a little water to remove.
Rarely breaks and comes with a sharpener.
Price: $12–lasts forever.
The Clover Pen Style Chaco Liner
The perfect choice when drawing straight lines, especially when using a straight line stencil. (Does not mark well on curved lines.)
Available in three colors. Easy to see.
Easy to remove with light brushing.
Price-$7. Lasts a long time. Refills available.
Fons and Porter Mechanical Pencil
Great when fine lines are required.
Comes in two colors. Easy to see.
Easy to remove with white eraser or by rubbing with a damp cloth.
Breakage–this pencil does break a bit–otherwise it might be “The Perfect Quilt Marking Pen”.
Price- $12. Lasts a long time–though some waste of leads due to breakage.
Pilot Frixion Pens
Highly recommended by many quilters.
Many colors–not white. Easy to see especially on light fabric.
Removes readily with STEAM!–though a light trace remains–which removes easily with laundering.
Does not break
Price – $12 for a pack of five. (Best Value)
Clover White Marking Pen
Fine white line–takes several seconds to appear.
Easy to see especially on dark fabrics.
Iron to remove. A faint trace may remain even after laundering.
Price-$7. Lasts a long time.
Light. Can be hard to see.
Easy to remove with brushing.
Like most sewing notions, YOU need to be the judge for YOUR projects, YOUR temperament and YOUR budget.
What are YOUR favorite quilt marking pens?
I’d love to hear!
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