I tested out the two pens on two separate swatches of cotton fabric:
a) No Heat Fix - Sharpie and ZIG
b) Heat Fix - ZIG only
Only ZIG states that you need heat fixing.
After waiting for 4 hours, I then separately dunked the fabrics in cold water and mild soap for about 30 minutes. I'm not sure why I waited... hmmm... maybe the results would have been different?
- I liked the brush tip and that the plastic casing was see through - it's always good to know when you need to buy a new one!
- The barrel of the pen is thick which makes it easier for the little ones in terms of grip .
- The cap has a clip-on which allows you to clip it onto anything - useful when you don't have a pocket.
Sharpie minus points:
- I did feel the Sharpie was messier than the ZIG. The Sharpie leaked a bit and some of the colour went onto the barrel of the pen. Not good when you want to prevent messy fingers and wanting to keep your work surface clean!
- Brush and bullet tip in one pen!
- The brush pen felt easier to write than the Sharpie (my view!)
- I didn't have to heat fix even though it said you had to - note, I did wait a few hours before washing it though so the results may have been different had I washed the non-heat fixed ZIG swatch immediately.
ZIG minus points:
- No clip on cap
- Caps fall off easily if you cap them on the other end while using the pen, so watch out if you just leave them on the table .....roll.... roll...roll... gone missing!