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I think having the right fabric marker for your sewing project is pretty important. There are a lot of different types of fabric markers out there, and it’s a good idea to pick the one that will work best for each sewing project.
A word of caution though – there’s one type of fabric marker that I would suggest you NOT use on your fabrics. That is colored fabric chalk. I bought a box of these fabric chalk markers when I first started my business, I’ve probably had them 14 or 15 years.
The marks that I make with the white chalk markers from this set will disappear if I rub the chalk off, but the colored chalk marks don’t come off the fabric.
I once used the blue chalk marker to mark some buttonholes for a client’s shower curtain, and I was horrified when the blue marks wouldn’t come off! So, lesson learned, always test your fabric markers first on a scrap piece of fabric to make sure the marks will disappear.
My Favorite Fabric Markers
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I’ve created a short video showing the three fabric markers that I love to use for my different sewing projects, and then they are listed below the video.
- Disappearing Ink Marking Pen by Dritz – This marking pen uses air & water soluble ink. So, the marks that you make on your fabric can be removed right away with a wet cloth, or they will disappear on their own in 24-72 hours. I use this type of fabric marker if I’m going to be marking and sewing my project all in one day. Once, I used this type of marker to mark my pleats for some draperies, and then after a couple of days went back to complete the project. Unfortunately, my marks had already disappeared! Oops!
- Mark-B-Gone Marking Pen by Dritz – This fabric marker uses only water soluble ink, so your marks on your fabric can only be removed if you wipe them with a damp cloth. Great for projects that you can’t finish right away.
- Clover Pen-Style White Chalk Marker – I love this white chalk marker because it has a wheel that makes it glide over the fabric very easily. It’s great to use for dark fabrics, and wipes off very easily.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at different fabric markers today! Do you have favorite ways that you like to mark your fabric?