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Posted on: 3/28/03 4:59 PM
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Gel pens are wonderful for marking fabrics when precision is important (as in Sewing Workshop patterns). The tips are very fine and just a slight touch will leave a marking. Be sure to test them on a small scrap of fabric first though to be sure the pen does not bleed to the other side.

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Sew it seams said... (11/10/03 10:51 AM) Reply
Great idea Gigi. I was just at Costco last night and saw a huge set of gel pens for 9.99. I wish I had remembered this tip then, but I'll get them next trip.
moonfleur said... (10/6/03 8:14 PM) Reply
I was doing this from the get-go. Recently decided to get a "real" fabric pencil--- and found it worked nowhere as great as my Gelly Rollers!
Debspuncturedthumb said... (5/11/03 4:13 PM) Reply
Great tip! I've been known to use pencil or those fine tipped markers in a similar manner but on lighter colored fabrics. Also, tailor's tacking in brighter contrasting threads is another good method. I think gel tip pens for children since they are likely washable (and many child art supplies state this) would maybe give assurance even prior to a wash test of choosing these pens for marking!
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