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« on: April 28, 2004 02:47:14 PM »

I found this awesome item on Joanns website the other day and wondered if anyone has tried to use it. It is a pen that you use to trace your needlework pattern on regular paper and you then iron it onto your fabric. I think this is the coolest item i have seen in a while and I can't wait to try it out!!
So has anyone used this item before? what were the results? and was it easy??

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2004 05:59:35 PM »

I'm so glad you asked this question...I got one of these pens last weekend, and it works Really well. I got three patterns out of the one transfer. The one thing to be careful about is that the pen goes on heavy at first (you have to hold the point down to get the ink to run), so just, like, scribble with it a bit until the line becomes more stable, more fine.
Yeah, I am completely psyched about this pen. And -- don't get me wrong, 'cause I love me some Jenny Hart -- but I doubt I'll ever buy patterns again.
Let us know how it works for you!
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2004 07:23:35 AM »

I've never used the pens but I got a pencil at JoAnns that does the same thing.

I used tracing paper to trace my design, then turned it over and traced my tracing with the pencil on the reverse side. I got 3 transfers out of one tracing, and may have been able to get more (didn't try.) The thing I don't like is that once you transfer it, it's permanent, so you have to be careful to cover the transfer lines with your embroidery, because it won't wash off.

Are the markers permanent?

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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2004 07:36:41 AM »

I am pretty sure they are permanent, but I know the pens come in a lot of colors so I guess you could use the same color as floss so it won't be as noticable.
I am going to hunt these down today, I am sure they sell them somewhere- my Joanns doesn't have them.

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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2004 12:08:28 PM »

I bought one of the pencils (about $1.50) from Longs drugs, but you could probably get them wherever they sell sewing supplies.  It works pretty well but you have to write darkly with it to get it to transfer.  
I will say that it is a great deal for the price.
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2004 08:39:55 PM »

you can buy them online, i just ordered a couple::

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2004 01:02:04 PM »

i bought a black one and a white one at michaels ... tho they were in two separate places. also, i just saw this online at http://personalizedsupplies.com/transferpaper.htm

it's paper you can print on with an inkjet printer and then use as an iron on!


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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2004 08:41:29 PM »

I have been using these transfer pens for years.  I would be lost without them.  I use them both for embroidery and for fabric painting.  I usually use my own original designs,  and this assures that if I want or need repitition I can do it with great accuracy.

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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2004 09:21:28 AM »

I tried the pencils, and I hated them. They're red (at least the only ones I've seen are red) and they only show up on really light colors. And it takes forever, rubbing back and forth with the pencil, to get the transfer done. I also really stink at using the dressmaker's carbon. So I only use the pens, and I ADORE them. They work really well. It's as easy as using any old regular marker, and the patterns show up REALLY well. The white is definitely not as good as the black, but the black shows up on most fabrics but navy blue and black. They also have green and red markers that I've seen. I would definitely not waste my money on the pencil and go with the markers. LOVE them!


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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2005 06:29:18 AM »

I have an embroidery question (really it's my mom's question)...

Is there such a thing as pen or paper that will allow my mom to tranfer embroidery patterns onto fabric that is washable?  She doesn't want traces of the pattern left on the finished product.

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