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As most of you know I love to embroider. I usually use the old school method of transferring my design by tracing it using a light-box and Pigma pen. With all the embroidering I’ve been doing, I thought I should really take advantage of the tools we offer at CT and see what other options there are out there, that I may actually find more useful. So I tested out the Iron-On Transfer Pens by Sulky of America.
To use them you trace the lines of the design on the opposite side of your design template (using a light-box or window with natural lighting is still necessary). Then you take the design template and put it on top of the fabric you are going to embroider on and iron over the paper (*If your print out uses a wax based ink, protect your iron by placing a clean piece of paper or a thin piece of muslin between the iron and template).
The ink that you have just traced on the underside of the design transfers to the fabric. The pen itself has a relatively fine tip, but it’s necessary to watch the thickness of your lines as you draw because once ironed on, the lines seem to get a little thicker. So depending on how thick you embroider, this might be an issue for you or you may just need to be wary of this. In my case, I embroider pretty thick generally, so it wasn’t a problem and the design didn’t show when I was all done. But just something to be aware of.
*The pens do state that you can reuse the design over and over, but my colleague also used these and did not find that to be the case exactly. So just keep in mind, if you're using the template more than once the ink transfer will be less and less noticable and you may need to retrace on the back side of the design.
I found I really did like these pens and plan on ordering some, I think they will definitely come in handy and there was definitely more ease in using these than in the old school method. I also like how they come in a four pack of black, brown, blue and red, which are the most common colors that would be embroidered or the best at camouflaging a number of colors.
This project is a belated birthday gift for my friend, I copied a photo of her pups for the design. I'm going to frame them and send off this gift to her soon, and I can't wait until she gets it! I think she will be touched, at least I hope so!
So, if you have any interest in trying these pens, now is a great time since they're on sale, 40% off right now. Get yours before they're all gone!