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    OK, My baby girl is getting married in June. She does not want a sign in book. She wants me to make a quilt for everyone to sign. She said she don't want something she will put away, she wants something she can see all the time. I am going to cut the squares, iron them to freezer paper and tape off where I don't want anyone to mark on. My question is can anyone tell me which ink pen/marker is the most permanent and will write smooth on fabric (not get stuck) It would not be washed all the time. It will be a bed quilt. But I don't want to have them sign it and the 1st few times it is washed the ink fades or smears.

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    Pigma pens are supposed to be the best. You can get them at Hobby Lobby in the art supply area. Get the broadest tip you can get. I got what I thought was broad, and it was really fine. You can also get a good selection online.

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    I thought I would need fine for signing. I would think a broad tip would make it hard to define the name. I am planning to get some and try it out myself. But there are so many out there I wanted to get suggestions first. Thanks tfrankum.

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    I have not tried these, but it might suit your needs!
    Dritz Quilting Fine Line Permanent Ink Fabric Pen Black at Joann.com

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    Even a broad Pigma pen isn't like a broad tip marker. They are all very fine, but the finest ones tend to feel like you are scratching rather than writing and an everyday person that doesn't write on fabric will hate those fine tips. Get the biggest Pigma you can find or a Sharpie specifically for fabric.
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    Don't forget to heat set before piecing together.
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    Vonnie by heat set do you mean put it in the dryer? Also should I wash the fabric before?

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    Heat-set mans you iron the fabric with writing on it using a cotton setting on the iron. Whatever you use, make sure the pen is made for fabric. I used a Sharpie to make labels for my quilts years ago when I first started quilting. 15 years down the road and those labels were a mess, yellow 'halo' developed around all the writing. It was unsightly. I ended up re-doing them using Pigma pens.
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    Thanks MarianneK. So the Sharpie is out. I went to the site from Preeti and read that article and she said that the Gel Roller for fabric is better after 2 washing than several others including the Pigma pens. 2nd was the Perma Writer II. I just wonder what they will be better 15 years down the road. I guess I will never know. But I do thank you for posting about the Sharpie. I will not use them.
    Last edited by Crystal; December 4th, 2014 at 12:37 PM.

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