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Anyone ever tried this?
Wed, Jan 21, 2004 12:40 PM
Posted by Jackie
To mark the center of my fabric, I've used a double-ended felt tip pin for years. I purchase the pin at Wal-Mart. One end is Disappearing Ink (purple) on one end and Mark-B-Gone (blue) washable ink on the other. I marked the 10 square grid (the bold lines on charts) all over my fabric. The grid was a fantastic help and I've done it on several projects since then.
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    Reply from  Anita
    Wednesday, January 21, 2004 4:39 PM
    I'll look into the felt tip pen at my local Wal-Mart. Your Wolves design picture is very nice! My husband and I always frame my pictures ourselves since it can be very expensive having them done elsewhere. Go to top
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      Reply from Jackie
      Thursday, January 22, 2004 9:46 AM
      Yep, my honey & I will be making our frames from now on as well. Back in the 80's I lived in Salem, Oregon and there was a local frame shop with very reasonable prices (had a 14x17 piece framed for under $40 in an oak frame). Then I moved back to rural Kansas and a local shop charged me $70 for the same size piece (The "Children Learn What They Live" piece in my gallery.) OUCH! Go to top
      • Reply from Nancy in FL
        Friday, February 6, 2004 12:01 PM
        Again, sorry to be late to this discussion. The "sticker shock" for local framers here was too much for me! I've been doing well with a suggestion from several years ago on another board: most framers will cut the mat boards for much, much less $ (mine reduces the price a lot if something in their "scrap bin" is suitable). So I find a standard frame that work first - sometimes at a 2nd hand store or garage sale - then get the mat(s) cut. Sometimes even buying an inexpensive framed print in order to get the frame shape/size, etc. works, too.
        It's wonderful that you will have yours custom made for you! That would be my first choice, too. Go to top
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    Reply from Myra
    Wednesday, January 21, 2004 9:04 PM
    I too loved my Mark-B-Gone pen then it betrade me.
    I wash a project in Oxie Clean which did a wonderful job on getting it clean but all the Mark-B-gone maks made a stain. They turned yellow and nothing I tried got them out. Now I went back to Wal-Mart and looked on the back of the package of the Pen and it does say not to use with an oxygen base product so I can blame Mark-B-Gone nor can I blame OxieClean. I guess I should have kept the package it came in. I just wanted to warn you and everyone out there use one or the other not both.
    Myra Go to top
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      Reply from Jackie
      Thursday, January 22, 2004 9:36 AM
      I always rinse my projects in plain water before washing them, and then use Dawn dishwashing soap. (Until 5 years ago, I used Woolite until I read that wasn't a good idea!)

      How do you like the Oxy Clean (other than the problem w/the Mark-B-Gone)? Go to top

      • Reply from Myra
        Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:23 PM
        I loved what Oxy Clean did to my projects. It was clean and to me a little bit brighter. Maybe it was brighter because it was

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      • Reply from Nancy in FL
        Friday, February 6, 2004 11:54 AM
        Sorry to be late on this discussion but...
        Anyway, I wash my projects in dishwashing soap as well. I use Oxy Clean with my regular laundry and really like it (it's gotten out stains that I was sure were hopeless) but might try it with my next finished xx project, too. Go to top
  • Reply from jacky
    Sunday, October 22, 2006 8:37 AM
    also try having two hemming pins with a piece of ribbon or twisted thread (thats on mine)position one at the vertical middle and the other one at the horizontal line till they meet for me it's easier to do this Go to top
  • Reply from Sandy O
    Monday, October 23, 2006 6:55 AM
    Nice tip - not heard of it before. I usually run a piece of thread vertically and horizontally on the fabric in long running stitches and then pull it out when I am finished. Another thing I tried this weekend is stitching on evenweave linen and to seal the edges I ironed them with webbing. It worked like a charm. I have also found that ZOUT will get out most stains on any fabrics. Go to top
  • Reply from mary
    Friday, November 3, 2006 7:46 AM
    yes, i have that, i use it for almost the same i also use it for my quilting it is really nice, you don't have to worry about it staying on ad markin up ur project,,,mary Go to top
  • Reply from Jennifer
    Thursday, November 23, 2006 9:12 AM
    Wow, marking a grid! Too bad you didn't patent that one because I was looking through a catalog last night and found this "new" product to use to mark 10 x 10 stitch grids onto aida. I thought it was amazing until I read the description. It is basically a spool of red thread and one must do all the counting and then simply stitch an where the corners of the grid blocks are. Your idea sounds quicker and less work to remove the grid marks. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing. Go to top