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Posted on: 11/30/04 5:57 AM
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A couple months ago I purchased a package of Uni-ball Gel Impact pens as recommended for safe check writing. The experts said the ink in these pens could not be removed in "check washing scams" [stolen checks from mailboxes, rewritten].

I got to thinking, if this ink wouldn't wash out of paper with acetone by scammers, it shouldn't wash out of fabric with detergent. So, I decided to conduct an experiment.

I ironed some freezer paper onto the backside of some plain fabric [for ease in writing], and wrote on it with one of these pens. I ironed over half the writing, or heatset. Then I put the fabric by my washing machine so I could put it through many wash loads to see how it held up.

Good news! The ink is not fading on either side, so heatsetting the ink with an iron isn't even necessary. But also, it doesn't hurt anything if your iron does touch this ink.

These pens write on fabric so much easier than the special permanent fabric pen I bought. A package of 2 costs less than $5 at Walmart.

This is a nice way to make a handwritten label for the back of a quilt, to show who made it, when, where, etc. Fold the edges under to clean finish, while the freezer paper is still attached, for an easier fold. Press, then peel the paper off before sewing onto the project.

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Cornelia said... (6/5/08 4:13 PM) Reply
I just bumped into this. How cool! You've taken all the "what ifs" out of the process. You've got to get the prize for thinking outside of the box.
Tammy S said... (1/28/05 5:46 PM) Reply
Thanks for another great way to personalize my creations. When making scrubs or custom garments, I will put my phone number on them so my customer will never lose it.
pandoula said... (12/9/04 3:00 PM) Reply
Great tip (both for checks and labels.)
Georgene said... (12/8/04 9:26 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for this tip. I went out and bought a bunch of these in many colors, including some cool metallics. I used ribbon for my labels: the grosgrain was OK but the satin ribbon was awesome. What a great way to personalize a gift! Thank you , thank you...
AnneM said... (12/8/04 4:24 AM) Reply
I might even have a package of this at home already! Thanks for sharing this info.
JDpenelope said... (12/8/04 3:40 AM) Reply
Thanks for this great tip. Will definitely use it!
GayleC said... (12/4/04 8:03 PM) Reply
I am so excitd to see this tip! I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much
SewVeryTall said... (12/3/04 4:54 AM) Reply You're all very welcome.
Astrostitcher said... (12/3/04 2:58 AM) Reply
Thanks SewVeryTall, for this and all your other great tips. We should call you SewManyGoodTips! Keep 'em comin'.
candyo said... (12/2/04 9:52 AM) Reply
Thank you for the tip!
sissie said... (12/1/04 9:30 PM) Reply
Thank you Want a good tip thanks for sharing
kathi s said... (12/1/04 10:14 AM) Reply
Great tip- thank you!
SewVeryTall said... (12/1/04 4:46 AM) Reply
Thank you all for the nice responses...and to think I almost didn't write this up because I figured no one would be interested...I'm glad I did :)
Diana M said... (11/30/04 4:26 PM) Reply
Great tip!! I think it'll work for something as simple as size tags --oh, oh -- and for those "handmade by Grandma" labels that are ridiculously expensive.
PegL said... (11/30/04 12:10 PM) Reply
This is really great to know information! Thanks for the tip!
Mary Stiefer said... (11/30/04 10:05 AM) Reply
great tip
Jackie M said... (11/30/04 8:18 AM) Reply
Cool -- I'd love to add a handwritten touch to the tags I put in my custom-made dog coats ...
Hope K said... (11/30/04 8:17 AM) Reply
Thanks for this tip! I appreciate your rigorous testing, and I'll check to see if I have any of these pens lying around the house. I do have to make a quilt label soon.
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