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    I hand quilt and have tried using different washable pen, chalk pens etc. to make the designs. The washable pens are good but if you don’t get it off in 2 weeks it’s almost impossible to remove. The chalk works good but I’ve had to wash and soak at least 3 times and even then you can still see some color especially on the very light fabrics. I’ve thought about using a very hard pencil, like a 7-8 or 9H. Any suggestions?

    #2
    I've used dressmaker's pencils and don't have issues with it coming out. One it took me 4 years to hand quilt. Mark's came out on the first wash.

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      #3
      where does one get dressmakers pencils??

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        #4
        Do they come in different colors?

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        • Momofmonsters5
          Momofmonsters5 commented
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          I have a silver one, not sure. I sew clothes too so I use it to mark on patterns too. Sounds like washable markers might work too, probably would show darker with those.

        #5
        I have used Crayolas washable pens without any problems. They come is assorted colors.
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        • Monique
          Monique commented
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          I have used those as well. I also use the special mechanical pencils with white and black leads.

        #6
        so far, what I've found on dressmaker's pencils are one's I've tried before. not good reviews for most. Was hoping for something new and good.

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          #7
          The General's (brand) chalk pencils from FQS are very good and come in white, silver, blue and pink. I never had a problem with them not washing out, but had the opposite prob. I am also a hand quilter and if you mark too big of a section with these the chalk will rub off from moving and re-hooping so you have to work in sections. My last quilt I used Crayola Washable markers and they worked great. Took me 4-5 months to quilt and all the marks came out in the wash w/o color catchers. Someone on the forum rec these and said she had left her marks on 5 years and they still came out so I decided to try it. Only color I did not use was the yellow bc I thought it was too hard to see it.

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            #8
            I used the Crayola ultra washable markers on my most recent quilt, and had some trouble getting the marks out (especially the black). I finally used some non-chlorine whitener (Mollie’s Suds) and it came out cleanly.

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              #9
              Look for "tailor's chalk".

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