Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pen Blue - Marking Tools - 400-4XB - OzQuilts

Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pen Blue

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Here is a Transfer Pen that easily transfers designs permanently onto fabric, canvas, stabilizers, wood or just about any surface where a hot iron can be used.

Ink glides on like a marker.
Transfer any design in 2 easy steps:
1. TRACE or draw any design onto plain paper.
2. IRON design onto most any surface where a hot iron can be used.

Make multiple copies from a single application.

Favourite Uses:

Make permanent non-bleeding transfers for...

  • Transferring Drawings to T-Shirts (can be used multiple times without re-inking)
  • Needlepunch
  • Hand Embroidery
  • Appliqué
  • Tole Painting
  • Cut-work or 3-D Work
  • Shaded Heat Transfers
  • Labels for Quilts and Clothing
  • Original Artwork

Plus, turns patterns into shaded iron-on transfers.
For use with any household iron. Works best on light or pastel-coloured poly-cotton blends.


  1. Follow directions on pen to start the flow of ink.
  2. Draw or trace design onto any smooth paper, like copy paper or loose-leaf paper.
  3. Place transfer, ink side down, against the receiving surface.
  4. Hold transfer in place and press iron down firmly. Move iron slightly to avoid light impression under steam holes.
  5. After about 30 seconds, without shifting the transfer pattern, lift a corner to see if design has transferred to your satisfaction. If not, reapply iron.

Shading Instructions:

  1. After tracing the outline of the pattern, press the tip of the pen onto a cotton swab and allow the swab to absorb the ink. Remove excess ink by rubbing the swab gently on paper.
  2. Apply ink to the pattern where shading is desired by rubbing the swab softly in a circular motion. Reapply ink frequently. Use a new cotton swab with each 3 or 4 applications.
  3. If shading is too dark, it can be lightened or erased with an extra soft white eraser.
  4. Though outlines of transfers may be used 3-4 times, shading is lighter and may need to be reapplied after each use.

Care Instructions:

This is a water-based formulation that is contained in the pen, it may be removable before it is heated, but likely not.  After heat-setting and transferring the ink is permanent.  The pens will retain their vibrancy on poly/cotton blends through endless washings.  On 100% cotton fabric, they may lighten some with washings but will not ever completely disappear.

Helpful Hints:

Works best on light or pastel-colored poly-cotton blends. Make multiple transfers from one inking. The hotter the iron and/or the longer the iron is applied, the fewer the applications. Numerous light transfers (perfect for further embellishing) can be achieved by applying a hot dry iron for only 3 to 5 seconds each time. When transfer image becomes too light for your use, re-ink the drawing and use again. Trace or draw any design onto plain paper.

  • Always test transfer pen on a sample of the receiving surface to assure precise results.
  • When transferring onto any surface where ink penetration might occur, protect surface underneath.
  • When transferring a design that won't be covered with embellishments, the receiving fabric must contain at least 35% polyester to insure permanency of ink; wait 3-5 days before laundering gently with mild detergent.
  • When outlining patterns for transfers, the image will be reversed when transferred to another surface. Important for numbers and letters: To get the transferred image to appear in the original direction, draw or trace the design onto plain paper with a dark marker or #2 pencil; turn paper over and retrace image on the wrong side with the transfer pen.
  • Another method is to trace design onto clear acetate; turn acetate over and trace reversed image onto regular paper with the transfer pen.
  • Press down on the pen lightly to form a fine line, and harder for a broad line.
  • Preheat dry iron to the hottest setting that receiving surface can stand without scorching. The hotter the iron, the faster and darker the design will transfer.

Does iron-on ink wash out?

The iron-on Transfer Pens will not wash out. It is a permanent ink pen.

Sulky do have a really magnificent wash out product now though. It's an 8-1/2" x 11" water-soluble stabilizer called Stick 'n Stitch
It has a release sheet and you run it through your printer or copy machine (or trace on a lightboard or window), and then peel off the release sheet, and smooth it onto your fabric. You don't even need to use a hoop unless you want to because it makes the fabric very stable. When done, you just rinse it away with running water. It's important to use the lightest setting on your printer - the less ink the better. Staying on the line is not an issue anymore, because the lines are gone.

This ink is permanent.