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by Angeline
(EXline Iowa)

Do you have any recommendations for marking tools to use with stencils?

What is your favorite and why?

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Jan 14, 2018
Marking Tools
by: Rebecca

Great question.

There are so many tools out there for marking on the fabric. Several are excellent for use with stencils.

Just to name a few, there are fabric pens, fabric pencils, and chalk.

All of them have their draw backs. For instance, chalk tends to be messy for a lot of people. While, pens aren't as fast for marking as chalk and the stencil can move while using it.

Personally, I like the idea of chalk used with a pounce, but I never seem to be able to find it when I need it.

I usually resort to a regular #2 pencil. There are plenty hanging around because all 4 of my kids are in school. ;)

This method is just as easy as a fabric pencil and usually washes off well. It is particularly excellent with dark fabrics. The pencil marks are invisible once the item is washed.

When I'm using it on lighter colored fabric (especially white) I make sure to use less pressure when marking, for fear that it won't wash away completely.

I'm eager to see what other people prefer! I'm always interested in other views and experiences to learn more.

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