In my last post I stated that I had marked my row quilt top using different products. I used the Clover White Marking Pen and Sewline pencils in white and black. After I quilted my quilt, there were two lines running the full length of the quilt top I decided not to stitch. Those lines were made with a Sewline black pencil.
I really should have taken a photo of the quilt when I took it out of the washing machine. Sadly, I did not. Perhaps my expectations were too high… but…
I really thought that all of the marks (and extra lines) would disappear in the wash. I used Quilt Wash in a front loading machine, ran the delicate cycle with a medium spin. The white marks were gone, yeah!! The black marks were not, so sad.
According to the literature, Sewline marks should come off by erasing, washing or dabbing with a damp cloth.
1) Erasing removed most of the mark but not all — while I was marking the top, I made a few marking errors. I “erased” but it did leave a significant shadow. The residual lines did come out in the wash.
2) Washing removed the white lines — both from the Clover White Marking pen and the Sewline white pencil. All of the black lines from the Sewline pencil remained.
3) Dabbing with a damp cloth is a method that I not try. After taking the quilt out of the washer I did try wetting the lingering lines thoroughly and rubbing – no impact.
With all laundry stains, my go-to product is Fels-Naptha. I ran the bar over the lines gave them a little rub and they were gone. I tossed the quilt back into the washer and it came out great.
Will I use Sewline again? Absolutely! I just need to know the product limitations and how to deal with them.