How to Pick the Best Marking Pencil?

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How to Pick the Best Marking Pencil

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    Every sewing project requires at least some amount of patterning before sewing your fabric pieces together. You can always draw your measurements out on your fabric with a regular pen, pencil or marker, but if you want the freedom to only temporarily mark on your fabric, using a marking pencil made for fabric is your best bet. We’re going to help you pick the best marking tool for your fabric.

    When used on the proper materials, all of the marking pencils available at Sailrite will wash or rub off when you are done with your lines and notes. The trick is knowing which pencil, chalk or marker will show up, stay on for your needed duration, and which can be removed from the particular materials you're working with. We're going to give you an overview of our different types of tools and on which fabrics they work best. After you read this overview, you can take a closer look at the ease of marking and removal ratings of each tool on all of our most popular fabric types in our Marking Pencils Comparison Chart F)6 Types of Marking Tools

Soapstone Pencil


    This natural, lightweight marking pencil is great for writing on dark, woven fabrics. The marking can be removed by gently rubbing the fabric or by washing with plain water. Since it writes in white, soapstone pencil will only show up on dark materials. The soapstone comes in a plastic holder that makes it more like a typical pencil. The stone can be sharpened and replacement stones are available.

Marking Pencil

    These pencils are the most versatile option available. Truly an all-surface pencil, the Scribe-All can be used to pattern on woven fabrics, coated fabrics, Phifertex Mesh, vinyl, window material and even metal, fiberglass and wood. Scribe-All pencils are available in two colors, black and white, and can be sharpened just like regular pencils. Marks can easily be removed using a damp cloth. These pencils, especially the black, can be tricky to remove from Sunbrella, so you may want to only use them for cut lines on that particular fabric.

Water Soluble Marking Pencils

    These pencils by Dritz come in a two-pack with a white pencil for marking on dark fabrics and blue pencil for marking on lighter fabrics. They're great for marking on non-coated woven fabrics, sailcloth and even plastic and the marks can be removed with a damp cloth. These marking pencils can easily be sharpened using a pencil sharpener.

Marking Chalk

    Marking chalk, also known as tailor’s chalk, is a clay-based chalk that’s easy to rub away and works well on woven fabrics and vinyl. It comes in a box of 12 that contains white, red, yellow and blue chalk for any color of fabric you’re working on. Each piece of chalk is shaped like a triangle for consistently sharp marking edges. This chalk is soft and does break rather easily, but even small pieces can be used to great effect. Chalk is so easy to remove that often it will fall off on its own, so it might not be the best choice for patterns that need to be made away from your sewing table and transported back.

Grease Pencils

    Grease pencils are marking pencils that are best suited for nonporous surfaces like clear vinyl and patterning material. These pencils will write on various surfaces like pottery, glass, plastic, metal, rubber, wood and paper. However, they are difficult to remove from porous surfaces like Sunbrella or other woven fabrics. Our grease pencils are available in three colors (white, black and yellow) to easily be seen on any color material. Yellow and white pencils can be sharpened in any pencil sharpener, while the black pencil is sharpened by pulling a string to reveal more of the point.

Washable Wonder Marker


    A good choice for lighter colored fabrics, the blue Washable Wonder Marker creates bright blue lines that can be removed with plain water. This marker really works best on traditional woven fabrics. However, certain fabrics can be finicky with the marker, so it is best to always test the marker on a spare piece of the fabric before using it on your project to be sure it washes away to your satisfaction. Also, be sure to rinse off the marker before laundering and to not iron over the marks as these things could discolor the marks and/or set them in permanently.

As you can see there are a variety of options for marking on your fabric where you won’t have to worry about permanent marks peeking out from your stitching. All of these marking tools are available in the Patterning category, right here at Sailrite.

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