After all my talk of spending a quiet Halloween at home, my husband and I decided to go out for dinner. We had a lovely meal and brought home dessert from a second restaurant. Both places shall remain nameless because I don’t want to unfairly cast a dark shadow on anyone, but I have what I can only assume is food poisoning. I didn’t die, like I thought I was going to, but I’m definitely not back to myself yet either. Sitting is progress from laying down though, so I’ll take it. I’m going to keep it a little low key today, even though I’m very excited about what I’m going to talk about. Before I start raving, I want to be clear – this is not a sponsored post, and I’ve had no contact with Sublime Stitching other than ordering this product. I just want to talk about these pens because they are fabulous.
Ever since I started offering my pencil-shaped coffee cup sleeves in my Etsy shop, I’ve spent weeks before Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Week and the close of the school year embroidering names. Lots and lots of them. I’ve been using the same set of iron-on transfer pens the entire time, but I’ve never been completely happy with them. They work a bit like a paint pen, so sometimes you get too much ink and sometimes not enough. Even though I use a fairly large size of embroidery thread, it sometimes doesn’t cover as well as I’d like. The longer I use them, the more squished the tip becomes and the fatter that line gets. I realized it was time for something new.
I’ve admired the embroidery designs in the Sublime Stitching Embroidery shop for a long time, but I’d never really looked at their tools. When I came across these pens, I couldn’t wait to try them. Unfortunately, they were completely out of stock. I signed up to get an email when they were back in, then quickly forgot about the whole thing.
A while later, how long I couldn’t say, they announced the pens were back. The timing was perfect, as I was just about to replace my pens with the same brand I’d been using. I decided to give the Sublime Stitching pens a whirl instead. I’m already very glad I did.
These pens have a hard, fine tip. I use the same method I always have, printing out my design on printer paper and tracing it on the back with a light table.
The lines are perfect – fine, but very visible, and the pen glides nicely on the paper. My biggest concern was whether it was possible for those tiny lines to deposit enough ink onto the fabric. It didn’t seem likely, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did they transfer beautifully, but I didn’t have to hold the iron on them as long as I did my old pens.
I got solid, consistent results, even ironing two dozen designs in one session.
I love working on these. I know the thread is going to cover, and I don’t have any faint spots to worry about.
The one thing I can’t comment on at this point is how well these will hold up over time. My transfer pens take a beating, so I’m hoping these will be up to the task. We’re off to a great start!
On an unrelated note, I’m re-launching my newsletter tomorrow! I’ll be publishing monthly instead of randomly, as I was before. I’m planning to fill it with interesting content, in addition to shop sales info, while keeping it an easily readable size. Be sure to sign up before Black Friday!