How to Use a Hera Marker to Safely Mark Quilting Fabrics

Clover Hera Marker

 JoAnn's Fabric and Craft Store

A hera marker is a small hand tool with a sharp edge that leaves a temporary crease when you drag it across the surface of a piece of fabric or other material. The edge of a hera marker is not sharp enough to cut through the fabric or create permanent impressions. 

Marks are visible on both sides of the fabric and do not leave a residue. 

Most hera markers that are available in quilt and fabric shops are made from rigid plastic. Some markers are slightly different than the tool in the photo above.

How to Use It

Hera markers are helpful anytime you wish to draw a line on fabric without actually using a pen, pencil, or other types of marks that will need to be removed later. 

  • You can try a hera marker for quilting designs but do keep in mind that the creases, although crisp, will disappear fairly quickly. Hera marks may not be the best method to use when quilting will be in-progress over an extended time.
  • You may find that the markers are best for 'drawing' straight lines but try them on curves, too. Position a rotary ruler or a template on the fabric where it should be marked. Slide the sharp edge of the hera along the side of the ruler or template.
  • Try drawing the lines through the open slots of quilting design templates (may not work in small areas).
  • You might want to reserve hera marker quilting lines for miniature quilts and small wall hangings will be quilted by machine, rather than stretched on a frame since stretching tends to "erase" the lines more quickly.
  • A hera marker works nicely when you make patchwork units that will be sewn right away, such as quick pieced half-square triangle units and other similar tasks.
  • A hera marker can also be used to "finger press" a seam allowance to one side (instead of pressing with an iron). Try that technique when you make a paper pieced quilt.
  • The tools can be used to make creases in some types of paper, including newsprint, freezer paper, and parchment. Experiment to find out how they work for you when you mark different types of papers and other materials used to make a quilt.