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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2005 02:22:55 PM »

I bought a washable pen (for drawing my embroider patterns on) at Micheal's, in the quilt or sewing section. It's great, and washes out completely. The only problem is, they only came in light blue, which is not so helpful when drawing on dark fabrics or denim.
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2005 02:31:50 PM »

You can buy transfer pens that are washable and are usually pretty easy to find at fabric shops. They are called "washable transfer pencils." I've only seen then in darkish colours (mines blue) so they don't work for dark fabrics but they do wash out as they claim.

« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2005 07:17:56 AM »

there are also dressmaker's pencils.  These are washable too and they come in pink and white so they can be used on the colors that the blue doesn't work for.  I have always found them in the notions section of the fabric store.

« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2005 10:14:44 PM »

Be sure to stop by the quilting section.  I got my water-erasable marker at Walmart for 1.59 (I think).  It's an aqua blue ink.  After you embroider, you can rinse the fabric or wipe it with water.  Be sure to wash off the marker FIRST before actually machine washing the item.  For some reason, it stresses that on the instructions....Good luck!

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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2005 04:25:23 PM »

does anyone know of a better was to transfer white lines on to dark images. i have been using the sulky white ink iron transfer pen and i think it sucks compared to the black. i don't know if i got a bum pen or what, but it is a major effort to get it to work.
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2005 01:25:48 PM »

I'm glad to hear people rave about the pens. I almost bought one once (must have something white to use on all those black tshirts crying out to be embroidered) but changed my mind since the one and only customer review was less than positive.

I am a fan of transfer pencils. The red ones work great as long as you keep it sharpened. While they say they're permanent, I have never found this to be the case. Any stray bits of red have always come out in the wash for me without doing anything specials whatsoever. One time I even accidentally ironed the transfer on the back of a garment rather than the front. I dropped it in the washing machine and it came out without a trace.

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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2005 10:36:49 AM »

I have two sulky pens, a black one and a white one, and I am extatically in love with the black pen.  The white one not so much, it has almost the consistency of white-out, and feels like a completely different product.  The black pens are so great that I use them to put designs on shirts on their own (sans embroidery)! 
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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2006 10:01:39 PM »

Okay, I have decided to jump head-first into a larger embroidery project than I have before.  Basically, I want to use a page from a colorbook I purchased at the toy store tonight and hot transfer pencils.   However,  I have questions.   

I have Aunt Martha's hot transfer pencils and need to know if there is a special paper I have to use for them?  Or can I just use my everyday copier paper?    Any advice on using the pencils? 

I'm basically wanting to try and stitch the following image on a solid colored fabric and maybe turn it into a pillow or frame it. 

I just want to use the Geisha herself and exclude the background and foliage.

I got the image from a Dover Publications Stained Glass coloring book.   I thought the images with their thick outling seemed ideal for embroidery patterns.   

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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2006 10:03:49 PM »

i have a transfer pen not pencil, that said, you should be able to draw straight on typing paper, lay it pencil side down and iron. i always draw stuff out, then trace over it with my transfer pen and iron, very easy!

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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2006 10:04:18 PM »

what a great idea!  im of no help but i'd love to know what you find out (waits with you)!

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