Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Several of our guild members, including myself, have discovered pens made by Pilot. They are called FriXion, by Pilot and can be found at stores such as Office Depot and some stationary sections in some stores and now, the fabric and quilt shops are carrying them.
We discovered them at a recent quilt show. They weren't developed for fabric, orignally, but as an erasable pen for paper. Not sure who discovered they were great for marking fabric, but they are absolutely the greatest. Mark in any color, on white fabric even. Touch your iron to it and the marks are gone, completely. We love, love, love them!!
I have been told they don't seem to work as well on batiks. I haven't tried that theory out, as yet. I would imagine if that is the case, it probably has to do with the wax processes the batiks go through to get their patterns.
Try them, you will be impressed
There has been a lot of discussion about these pens on another quilting board that I belong to and several members there have had trouble washing them out and say that they require scrubbing and multiple washings and then they still don't all come out and have a tendency to smear on llight fabrics. FYI.
This has been a topic on many other Quilt Boards and I actually did a test to see if the ink washed out. I marked a 100% cotton piece of fabric. Applied heat, ink disappeared, placed it in the freezer ink reappeared. Washed piece of fabric on my "quick wash cycle with warm water. Removed fabric, no ink. Placed it back in the freezer and the ink never reappeared.
I love the pen easy to use and from my experience washes out!!!
I just received two of these pens as a Christmas present (I told my kids I could use some quilt marking pens) and I didn't know what they were as I had never seen them. Now I do!!! Looking forward to trying them out.