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Has anyone used the Sewline Mechnical Pencil
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Date: 11/20/13 9:15 AM

Forgive me in advance if this is on another thread. I recently started to quilt. I just finished my second quilt top. My first quilt wasn't really nice, but I still finished and paid to have it quilted on a long arm. My second quilt top turned out better, and I decided to free motion quilt on my Babylock Symphony machine using a stippling pattern, wasn't the best, but I understand it takes practice so I will try again. My question...I decided to put a design in the board of hearts. I have a template I am using. I purchased the pink fabric mechanical pencil with ceramic lead and tried to use it. I went thru an entire package of lead just going around 3 sides. The lead kept breaking and then when the lead got 1/2 used the pencil would not advance or keep the lead so I could us it. It would fall out. Has anyone tried this product and used it successfully. Sewline Mechanical Pencil
I was so frustrated with the pencil, I want to throw out the window.....

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Date: 11/20/13 9:37 AM

I have not used this pencil, and thanks for the heads up it's not so great!

I have been using a chalk pencil and I love it. The biggest drawback for me is that you can't clean the marks with water like the fabric ink pens, so you see them the whole time you are quilting once it's on there!

When I use the ink, I clean as I go because the marks bug me. But then you have a damp quilt.

I have used the chalk pencil with a stencil and it worked great!

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Date: 11/20/13 10:10 AM

I have the sewline trio pencil and I use the white, pink and graphite lead. I donít think it is very sturdy, I feel that when I push too hard, the pencil will break. But so far it still works.

You have to be very careful with marking, test it before you mark the quilt. The graphite lead did not wash out, the pink did; I have a different brand I use and the orange does not wash out either, though the other colours do.

I like using the blue water soluble marker, but you have to be careful with that too, it must not be exposed to any heat otherwise it will set and never come out again, and you have to wash the entire quilt after finishing it in cold water without any soap or detergent whatsoever; I have not had any troubles so far.

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Date: 11/20/13 1:27 PM

What pencil do you use (brand), maybe I should try it. I haven't tried to remove, I will cry if it doesn't come out. Thanks for the heads up.

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Date: 11/20/13 1:42 PM

I have used the sewline pink mechanical pencil, did not like it at all, broken lead and some of the pink did not come out without almost scrubbing the fabric. I also used the glue pen they have and I wouldn't buy that again, too expensive for what it is.

I use the blue quilt marking pens and as pointed out by Katiki you need to test on your fabric. Cat really has the best method remove it as you sew. Just water, no heat until the marks are removed. Chalk is good but it smears but I use it occasionally.

FMQ takes practice, I figure in a few more years I'll be better it is a process. Best of luck, each quilt gets better and the mistakes we notice, no one else will.

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Date: 11/21/13 0:47 AM

I like using Marking Magic spray with stencils.

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Date: 11/21/13 2:33 AM

I use the normal pencil colored one for marking things like HSTs and flying geese, and it seems to come out better than pencil. I don't think I would ever consider trying it on a quilt top because of the amount of fabric.

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Date: 11/21/13 2:50 AM

Wow. You guys are scaring me. Half the turtle quilt was done with some kind of pink chalk and I might swallow my tongue if those don't come out.

But recently, I've been using the Pilot Frixion pens and the marks iron out with just light pressure which gives me some perverse entertainment and a deep feeling of satisfaction. I have red, pink and purple pens.

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Date: 11/21/13 8:43 AM

A word of warning on those. I used them on a blue background fabric and when I ironed over it, it left white mark. Luckily I had just use dots to mark thing so it wasn't real noticeable. Always if quilt were to be in freezing temps those marks will pop right back up or so I'm told. I like them for marking embroidery design placement as chances are the design is going to cover the markings anyway. As with any marking method test test test.

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Date: 11/21/13 9:04 AM

Those marks do come out when you wash the quilt, but it does make it not great for wallhangings or any quilt that isn;t going to get washed.

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