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Topic: The big thread of transfer questions (pens, pencils, paper, other)  (Read 41767 times)
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« Reply #150 on: June 16, 2008 12:55:22 AM »

I have one of those red transfer pencils, and my first experience with it was exactly the same. Well, my first try came out waaaaaay too light. My second try came and crystal clear.... only I scorched the hell out of my fabric, and burned my carpet too (just say YES to ironing boards  Wink ).

Recently I gave it another go and kept checking very carefully to see how much had transferred. I got it right this time and the project is finished now with no hiccups. So I would advise you to do the same. You can probably use the same transfer you have traced already, because you didn't really 'use' it before, it's still got life in it.

So my advice is, use the same transfer (hopefully you didn't throw it away or rip it up in frustration!), iron it for longer but keep checking it to see how much has transferred and that you're not burning the fabric.

Good luck!  Cheesy

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« Reply #151 on: June 16, 2008 08:36:16 PM »

If you reverse the image and print it out on a Xerox machine, or laser printer you can iron it on with a dry HOT iron.

The printer has to use toner ink to work. If you have an ink jet printer at home just reverse the image, print, hand take it to a local Kinko's or copy shop.


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« Reply #152 on: June 17, 2008 01:53:26 AM »

make sure you don't use steam, it will not transfer well or at all... I did this and was like wtf? it worked before, turned off steam, and got it.
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« Reply #153 on: June 17, 2008 02:06:02 AM »

I use interfacing, I iron it on the back sew over it than rip it out. Its hella cheaper.
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« Reply #154 on: June 17, 2008 10:25:37 AM »

Could you trace it directly onto the fabric? I have used a wash out quilt marker and it works great. Completely disappears with water once the embroidery is done.

I have marked 2 small pieces of scrap fabric to see how long until the marking becomes permanent. The package stated it could become permanent after 2 weeks. So I'm letting the fabric sit and I'll see how it does.
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« Reply #155 on: June 17, 2008 12:23:11 PM »

I understand your frustration, it was overwhelming for me when I first wanted to transfer a pattern that was no iron on.  There are sooo many options yet when you go to the craft store it is hard to find where they are located and the salespeople usually don't know what you are talking about.  Crafty gurlllll suggested to Chacopy to me which is available from www.clover-usa.com, but I have found it at my local Hancock Fabric Store for $4.25  It is super duper.
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« Reply #156 on: June 17, 2008 10:04:40 PM »

If you reverse the image and print it out on a Xerox machine, or laser printer you can iron it on with a dry HOT iron.

The printer has to use toner ink to work. If you have an ink jet printer at home just reverse the image, print, hand take it to a local Kinko's or copy shop.


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WOW THIS IS A GREAT HINT! 

If you want this the same direction don't forget to flip the image in a program before you print and copy so it looks like the artwork if that's what you're looking for... I've forgotten to flip, that bites!

If it were me, I would just print out the design and hang it in my window on a bright and sunny day then tape up my thin cotton fabric over it and trace with my water erasable fabric marking pens, then start to embroider. 

I have used my red transfer pencil on one project before, not only is it really light unless you press hard, but that also frustrates me because the pencil kept breaking and I was just losing the pencil more from sharpening...

Look for the sulky permanent ink iron-on transfer pen (in black ink). Found this at Michael's Crafts in the area near supplies for making T-shirts.


or DMC makes an embroidery transfer pen of blue water soluble ink (found this in the embroidery section of Joann Fabrics, however, the same thing is on the notions wall for sewing, like near the pins, sewing kits, needles, etc. Dritz makes these too.)


or for black or dark fabrics, Clover makes a white marking pen that is also water soluble pen that reminds me of those gel ink pens, this can run like $7 for one pen, expensive, but I know Joann Fabrics has the 50% off coupon every once in awhile dealie, this helps on crazy priced items like this.  (Found this in 2 places, in Joann Fabrics, it was in the quilting section near the hoops and quilting notions, and also in Michael's Crafts in the quilting notions section, near needle threaders and cutters.)


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« Reply #157 on: June 18, 2008 03:23:07 AM »

I have used them......  If you do not have sunny day but have glass table top put a light under it (light box affect).  Then tape your project down and fabric on top and trace again.  This way you won't break your tracing pencil.

Or maybe something like this:
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/quilt/msg0701244913779.html

http://www.canadianhomeworkshop.com/weekend/tracingbox.shtml
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« Reply #158 on: June 18, 2008 10:37:52 AM »

I've also printed my designs with an inkjet printer on photo paper then wet the back of teh photo paper to transfer. It makes really clean lines if you don't soak the paper too much (use just enough for the ink to start appearing on the fabric). It also washes out.
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« Reply #159 on: June 18, 2008 05:50:12 PM »

Transfer pencils have never really worked for me. I would suggest either a sulky pen or sulky water soluble paper.
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