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Thread: making quilt labels

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    I tried to save money by making my own fabric quilt label using freezer paper and it will work, I can't get it to feed through my ink jet printer. It gets caught around the spools....etc every time I have done everything as the directions say and yes I do have it secured, so I don't know what I am doing wrong. Does this method REALLY work for any of you or what do you do? I do not have a embroidery machine so I make my labels on the computer with expensive printable fabric sheets. I think I will just go back to using "print and stick" fabric sheets. But then that is another question...which kind or brand actually works the best without spending so much on trying everything. Being new to quilting sure is humbling:-(
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    sorry that's happening to you :( i've not had that problem, so i don't have an answer

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    You could do some hand embroidery and a permanent marking pin for your lettering.

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    You said you do have it secure but just to be sure make sure:
    1. that there are no threads anywhere on the edges.
    2. don't start at the edge of the paper put your fabric back a bit from the edge so the paper hits the feeders first.
    3. make sure your paper is flat and straight. If it just got pulled from the roll it will curl when it goes in even if it seems flat. (stack books on it overnight to flatten.
    4. try running a plain paper first then the freezer right behind it that way it doesn't have time to think. LOL

    Hope you figure it out.

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    Nancy, what do you do, or how do you do it, what are your steps?
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    Brenda,
    I do have the fabric all the way to the edge, never thought of not doing that, I'll bet that is the problem. Does it work for you every time?
    peggy

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    Maybe there is a tut on this board that will help. I would like to make my own labels also.

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    I use cotton fabric on paper backing to make my labels after designing them in Powerpoint. I usually create 2 or 3 at a time within an 8 X 11 space, so I only use one sheet in the printer for all. The fabric sheets can be expensive but they are easy, legible, and clean looking. After I print, I soak overnight in cold water, set the ink and take out wrinkles with a hot iron the next day; cut around each label leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then I applique the label onto the back of the quilt. Sometimes, I use wonder-under to secure the label in place and help it lay flat. I have not tried the freezer paper method.

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    I use cotton fabric on paper backing to make my labels after designing them in Powerpoint. I usually create 2 or 3 at a time within an 8 X 11 space, so I only use one sheet in the printer for all. The fabric sheets can be expensive but they are easy, legible, and clean looking. After I print, I soak overnight in cold water, set the ink and take out wrinkles with a hot iron the next day; cut around each label leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then I applique the label onto the back of the quilt. Sometimes, I use wonder-under to secure the label in place and help it lay flat. I have not tried the freezer paper method.

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    Ooops...sorry about the duplicate post!

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