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    Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

    I just got a Fons and Porter white fineline ceramic pencil. I am so disappointed! It barely makes a mark at all, and to get anything to show, even faintly, I have to go over and over and over the same area. Did I just get a lemon? Do I need to return it for a "fresher" one? If all of these markers are this way...what is out there that makes a fine line and actually works? Bummed! It wasn't inexpensive. SIGH....

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    Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

    Yes, this one you have to ise a bit of pressure and/or go over it. But I love it. It comes off really easy too. It did take me a wile to get used to it. I got mine from Leah Daus site, but same product so I dont think that makes a difference. Have them send a replacement see if it works any better
    Karen
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      #3
      Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

      I have one and it works just fine with normal pressure. I suspect you got a "lemon."
      When life throws you scraps, make a quilt! :icon_bigsmile:

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        Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

        I only use the white on dark fabrics and it worked fine. Is it the lead for the mechanical pencil or a separate pencil by itself?
        pat.

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          #5
          Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

          try running the pencil over a piece of fine sand paper. sometimes the lead will have a coating on it
          Dolores :lol::icon_heh:

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            #6
            Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

            I didn't like it, either.... I have vision problems, so I need good, visible lines.... Every time I tried to get a really visible lone, it broke...


            Sandy from Cincinnati


            AKA Kermit

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              #7
              Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

              I just bought the Fons and Porter one too - and I was so unimpressed. I couldn't get the darn thing to make a mark. AND IT WAS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN ANY OF THE OTHERS ON THE MARKET (stupid me thought it would be better).

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                #8
                Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

                Are you using it on light colored fabric? I think they are designed for medium to dark tones.

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                  #9
                  Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

                  I have a Bohin. Looks about the same. You can buy replacement leads for them. You can find a refillable regular mechanical pencil and use the white leads in it. Bic has a rather nice .9mm pencil.
                  Amazon.com: BIC Velocity Mechanical Pencil, Refillable, Thick Point (0.9 mm), 12 Pencils: Office Products
                  Which Chalk Pencils to Use for Quilt Marking
                  I bought yellow leads for the Bohin.

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                    Re: Disappointed with Fons and Porter White Pencil

                    I often use a sliver of white soap for marking on dark fabrics. No problem washing it out, and when the line gets too thick I can shave it down with a box cutter. A great way to re-purpose those used-up soap slivers! I also have the Bohin pencil. The green lead is GREAT for almost any color fabric (but green ) and washes out fabulously.
                    Last edited by cindirae; March 1, 2014, 01:49 AM.
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