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Removing chalk marks

Elaray | Posted in General Discussion on

Help! I used green and blue chalk to mark on a lavender linen/poly blouse. After two washings, the marks are still there. I marked the buttonholes and placement lines for decorative stitching right on the front so the lines are very visible. Does anyone know how i can remove the marks. I really like the blouse , but can’t wear it like it is. Please help.


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  1. raven99 | | #1

    It sounds like you might have used a chalk marker that contains wax. You might try acetone or lighter fluid to get rid of the marks, but try on a scrap before you use any kind of remover on the blouse. ( I know, I really didn't have to say that!)


  2. kjp | | #2

    Before you go the route of acetone or lighter fluid, you might try Fantastic or 409.  (on a scrap first, of course).  They are a little less harsh and might take out the marks.  Or to be safer, a good old drycleaning spot remover like Afta should also take out waxy spots from tracing paper. 

    Then, for your next project:  if the fabric is not transparent, mark the wrong side and thread trace over it (baste) to mark the stitching line on the right side.  Also, a quilter's method is to use a very light pencil mark as it disappears under the stitching like a shadow.

    Good luck!  Karin

  3. Teaf | | #3

    I think these other suggestions will work for you, but if not, you might try an enzymatic pre-wash product before laundering again. For other topstiching projects, you might want to use regular cello/scotch tape rather than chalk to mark the guidelines. The cheapest, generic brand in the narrowest width works well; it sticks lightly to everything from fleece to chiffon, doesn't leave marks, and peels off easily. For curved lines, you can snip one edge to shape it.

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