Marking Sewing Patterns With Disappearing Ink Pens

There are 2 basic types of disappearing ink pens used for marking sewing patterns. These are not your everyday felt marking pens, but pens designed for the sewer.  One type of pen is made to disappear on its own after 3 or so days, so you need to consider this when you mark your pattern.  The other type of marking pen is made to disappear when moistened with water.

Both of these types of pens need to be tested on fabric before they are used on the specific fabric.  This will tell the sewer what to expect as an end result.  Some ink is set with an iron, so make sure you read the instructions and test you pen before use.

1. Identify the marking spot on you pattern and pin down straight through the pattern and fabric layers.

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2.  Open back the fabric pattern to expose the pin marking.  Select the pen you wish to use.

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3.  Using the fine tip of your marking pen, mark a dot at the exact location where the pen entered the fabric.  When markings are completed, remove the pattern from fabric.

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Always keep the caps tight on your pens when not in use!

There are other methods and materials used to mark fabric, this is just one method which is often used on cotton and cotton blend/washable sewing projects .

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