Updated: Jul 26
Over the years I have struggled to find the perfect marking tool. I am a sucker for anything that looks like it works, so, I have a tendency to purchase just about anything that helps. Below you will find some of the tools that I use and think work well.
Nothing in this world is perfect or works perfectly. Some of these items have shown marks after removing them. I am in no way saying you will not have any problems. I am saying I have taken a chance on these and most of the time I am able to remove the markings on my quilts.
The Hera Marker
I like this tool because it leaves no marks that I need to remove.
A HERA MARKER is a traditional Japanese tool used for marking fabric by making an indent on the fabric.It leaves no residue (no chemicals), works on any fabric weave or color, and disappears completely after quilting or washing.
I have some vision problems so I am not always able to find my markings. But it is a great tool.
You can find more information on the Hera at: http://baltimoregardenquilts.blogspot.com/2018/02/how-to-use-hera-marker.html
When I use the Perfect Piecer Ruler by Jinnie Beyer, which I use often, I need a small diameter marker. The Sewline Trio lead is .9mm. Which makes it perfect for using with the Perfect Piecer. It has three colors, white, black or a tracer point. Refilling can be a bit tricky.
Marks can be removed by a block eraser or by washing the fabric in warm water.
I absolutely love these! And yes, I have heard tales that they have left marks. When I really need to see my marking these are wonderful. Once I am done I just use my iron and the heat makes the ink magically gone. You can erase the markings with a block eraser as well.
A tip from my friend Juliet in France, they work well for recording passwords as you can erase them easily.
Bohn Crayon- Mechanical Chalk Pencil
If you only need one color for marking this white .9 mm chalk pencil works great for small holes and narrow lines.
I like to use these when I am making bags. Once done a quick rub removes the chalk
Easy to use marker. Refill powder available. The case is leak-proof. Available in four colors: Blue, Pink, White, and Yellow.
Test the marker first on a piece of scrap fabric to be sure that the lines and marks can be erased (Do not use on fabrics that are not washable)Pat the powdered ink to erase lines and marks. Wash fabric with mild detergent to remove any persistent marksIroning or dry-cleaning may make the marks permanentInsert the body firmly into its case when not in u