Have you seen the new Frixion Pen by Pilot? It’s a new pen that erases with heat or friction. Use it to mark your fabric and simply iron it and the marks disappear, as if by magic!
Or do they?
I purchased a few to try and I was amazed at how easily the marks disappeared with the heat of an iron. So I wanted to try it on an entire quilt top for free motion quilting..but
…after reading a few articles I was a bit more skeptical.
Several sources said the marks that disappeared with the heat of your iron would re-appear if the quilt gets cold enough.
For example, they told the story of a woman who used the pen to mark her quilting lines. After ironing and thinking the marks had disappeared, she entered the quilt in a prestigious quilt show only to find out that the marks hard re-appeared during shipping through cold climates.
So…before trying to mark quilting lines myself, I thought I’d give the pen my own little research test before using it on an entire quilt top.
Here’s what I found out!
Here’s my little test strip. I drew several lines (pressing down lightly & pressing down hard) with the Pilot Frixion Pen (black) on a piece of scrap Moda Solid White cotton fabric. (Note: The writing on the right was done in permanent ink.)
Then I ironed it. No problem! ALL the lines disappeared as if by magic!
BUT they began to re-appear after only 10 minutes in my freezer…
Here’s the same test piece only 1 hour in the freezer–all the marks have re-appeared!
I let the test strip sit at room temperature for over an hour, just to see if they might fade again. Perhaps just a bit, but they’re still there.
So I ironed the test piece, & the lines disappeared again–just like the first time.
So I wondered what would happen if I washed the test piece in hot water with mild soap and then dried it with the iron, and put it in the freezer again…?
SUCCESS–the lines did not re-appear after an hour in the freezer — or after being left overnight in the freezer.
So the bottom line is this: USE WITH CAUTION!
1) Only use the pen where you won’t see it (back side of square when marking corner to corner to make half-square triangles, or marking seams to line up your sashing, or in the seam allowance of a patch, etc.), OR
2) Be sure to wash the quilt before giving it away, selling it, or entering it in a quilt contest!
Jane, Mulberry Patch Quilts