It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.
Featured Tool: Frixion Erasable Gel Pens by Pilot, Item #82263, 82264, 82262
Connecting Threads Guest Reviewer: Bea Lee, avid quilter and pattern designer
What is this typically used for?
Writing on (and erasing off) fabric.
What was your first impression of the Frixion Erasable Gel Pens?
I saw these demoed at a quilt show and immediately bought a pack!
How did you use them?
You think you have to use an eraser or the eraser on the back of the pen, but NO–it’s removed by friction (and heat) which is a HOT IRON!! The man that demoed it wrote some scribbles on some fabric and then ran over it with an iron and it disappeared! it was MAGIC!!
How did using them go?
I love them! I used them when I long arm quilt. I don’t mark out everything but, for example, if I’m planning on making a feather on a border, I don’t mark out the whole spine (though I could- I just don’t). I only mark out the outer edge points of where the spine should go, so maybe 2″ from the edge and then 8″ up and 2″ from the other edge and 8″ up etc. Then after I quilt the quilt I just iron over the feathers and the markings disappear.
How long did it take you to learn how to use them?
No time at all.
What did you like best? The least?
I liked how I can erase it easily and don’t need water like other pens. I think I only had ONE dark fabric not work well, but dark fabrics are hard to mark on. There was one fabric where I had a very faint line afterwards. I have heard that if you FREEZE the fabric the lines will show up again, but I have YET to stuff a quilt in a freezer just to test that theory!
Why do you NEED to try them?
If you machine quilt, it’s great for marking
Who would appreciate the Frixion Erasable Gel Pens most?
These are perfect for:
- Beginner, intermediate, and expert quilters
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