Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pilot Frixion Pens

I'm one of the pattern testers for the 1912 project (this year is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking) and recently made up a Princess Slip from the 1912 La Mode Illustree, a French fashion magazine.  Since I was making it in muslin and not for a finished garment, I thought this would be a good project to test the new marking pens.  The marks are supposed to disappear with heat, reappear if put in the freezer at 14 degrees F or less, and completely disappear in water.  Here are the pictures of my results so far.  I haven't tried to freeze it - my freezer is full!

Black Frixion lines on bodice back
After using a hot iron on lace placement lines, they disappeared.  I avoided the fold line with the iron. 
Spritzed with water - no change.  After the slip was completed, I put it in the washing machine on warm.  All the marks disappeared.  Obviously, since the pens are new, I have no idea what will happen over time.  I won't use them for a while, probably years, where they will show - just in case - but I purchased them to mark turn lines on applique.  I also have an orange and a green Frixion pen but haven't tried them yet.  
If anyone is interested in seeing my comments on constructing the slip (yeah, I know - so not quilting!) you can see the post here.


  1. I've wondered about those pens, thank you!

  2. I am so impressed that you are a pattern tester! I just found my "Titanic" tickets that I had from going through the exhibit. It was amazing to see all of the recovered artifacts.

  3. I haven't purchased the Frixion pens yet. Probably will eventually, but they scare me so I've been waiting to see what the braver gals, who have used them, have to say.

  4. I love the Frixion pen and use it all the time. HOWEVER!!! I just found out that if I use it on a darker fabric (red), when you iron it away, there is a WHITE mark left. It's as if the pen was bleach! So, be careful. Try it out on anything darker than off white.

    I found out because I used it on a customer's quilt, of course. :-(


  5. BTW, I love your quilts!! :-)

  6. Frixion Pen marks can be very quickly removed with a hair dryer instead of ironing.


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