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28 Jul 2012 - 18:5588329
How to remove pencil markings?
I seem to always fail to remember that pencil doesn't come off fabric easily, yet I'm always doing my markings in pencil and never learn my lesson because usually I just sew over it and the markings go inside a rolled hem.

But this time I used pencil to mark out some detailing ready for painting on duchess satin and while most of it is painted over, some still lies because I didn't want it to be there.

Is there an easy way of getting rid of the markings? As vigorous rubbing out with an eraser only does so much and apparently scrubbing with water doesn't work either.

If it helps - it's just a standard HB pencil so nothing special about it. I've done quick googles but a lot of them say soak in liquid soap and then chuck it in the washing machine - but I don't want to machine wash it. So I just want personal advice from people here.

Help a silly person that doesn't learn from their mistakes please!

28 Jul 2012 - 21:0088336
Something I've found that works well on alot of stains is unscented baby wipes. Actually, my mum swears by them. They've been really good at getting things out of the fabric sofas. It's better to use the unscented kind just to stop the fabric from smelling. Also it perfume might have an effect on the it as well.

28 Jul 2012 - 21:5688337
Might be worth trying a putty eraser, never know, it might work.

Because it's duchess satin though I can understand the fear of ruining it. You could try water and those cotton ear buds maybe?

I've started using white watercolour pencil for all colours except white, it's easy to get off due to it being watercolour.

Also rolled hems are awesome.

29 Jul 2012 - 13:4188352
Ahh, you two are awesome! Thank you so much!

I'm going to try the baby wipes method as I actually have some as my parents use it on our fabric sofas too! I don't know why I didn't think of that. Then I'll try the putty rubber method if that doesn't work as I know I own quite a lot, I love that stuff!

I'm going to try on scrap fabric for the different methods first, but thank you both as I would have never thought of them myself. I'll post again for a desperate cry of help if nothing works, hopefully one of them should though!

P.S. Watercolour pencils sound like a great idea! I need to invest in some for future projects...

Last edited by CrystalNeko (29 Jul 2012 - 18:51)
05 Aug 2012 - 00:0088765
I know this is a bit late, but I was in a fabric shop this week and bought a fabric pen which fades within 24 hour. It really does work! Very useful

I like big Boats, I cannot lie - Isabela

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