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From: dmoses
Date: 10-01-2003, 05:26 PM (1 of 3)
What is the best instrument to use to make permanent, well-defined markings on fabric, and is there a special technique for getting it nice and neat?

I want to write words on fabric, but the lettering has to be small.

Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: Amazing
Date: 11-08-2003, 01:49 PM (2 of 3)
Quilters use pigma pens to write cloth labels for the quilts. They come in several colors and also writing tip sizes. The best place to check is at an art supply store.

I was also given a caligiphy (sp?) pen that I have yet to try.

Ask at the art suppy store as to what is permanent on fabric, do you need to set it, (either heat or some mordent).

Office supply stores also carry pigma pens and other permanent ink pens with various tips and colors.

Another possible source for permanent pens would be scrapbooking stores, but again let them know you want to use them on fabric.

And, finally, is the fun part...experiment.
User: Amazing
Member since: 07-25-2003
Total posts: 2
From: Amazing
Date: 11-08-2003, 01:54 PM (3 of 3)
Forgot the tip.

Iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric before you write on it.

On the back side of your fabric, place the freezer paper shiny side down, and press with a hot iron, just long enough to make it stick. If your fabric is delicate, use a lower heat.

Particularly make sure the corners are sticking.

When you have finished writing just peel off the freezer paper.
User: Amazing
Member since: 07-25-2003
Total posts: 2
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