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    The Guild President

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    Has anyone used Pigma markers to make quilt labels? Should they be heat set prior to washing? My label faded almost completely after just one regular washing. I used 100% cotton fabric is that the wrong thing? When this one is dry I will be doing some un-sewing.


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    Following. I have these pens and use on labels, but haven't washed the quilt with labels yet.

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    I used to do a ton of swapping around the world. we signed blocks with Micro Pigma pens. i used a .05 size. not to scratchy. it doesn't say to heat set but I always did after dry. mine are still fine. well the ones i did and the ones I remembered to go over on the received blocks i got. good pens!!
    and cotton fabric is fine. have fun.

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    Thanks! I will try again and heat set prior to washing.


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    I use the pigma pens and yes, you do have to heat set them. I have also found that the writing holds up best over time if you write on fabric that does not have starch or fabric softener on it prior to writing on it. If you do not pre-wash your fabrics, make sure you at least prewash the label fabric. This is because the chemicals in there also keep the ink from really penetrating the fibers and so will start to fade over time with washings and dryings. Hope all this helps you some!
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    Here’s a sample piece I did with several different pens. This is after 15 washings. I had several friends do signatures, heat set them, left them to sit for a few days, then washed them 15 times. One thing to take into consideration is the pressure you use when writing. The lighter the pressure, the more likely it is to wash out. Sharpies were actually the worst. Apparently, the ink will come out of anything but your clothes and your skin, lol.
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