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Thread: PRINTING ON FABRIC POF) - COMPARISON TESTS

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    There are lots of good articles on the internet addressing this topic. The one I've found most useful is here:

    http://softexpressions.com/help/faq/FAQbjs.htm#c82

    The article advises against HP printers that use Ink Cartridges #10 and #11. Add #97 Tri-Color to that list.

    I was very lucky this year and able to indulge myself with some of my tax return. Treated myself to a new Canon (one of the 2 brands most articles consistently recommend as the best for printing on fabric.) It uses their Chroma Life 100 inks. I also upgraded to 200ct muslin. Killed me to pay more per yard, but for once I truly believe I got something worth the "extra" money.

    Using HP #97 ink, I lost at least 20-25% of the color every time, regardless of fabric or first-wash method or detergent. You can literally see the ink floating away every time.

    The Canon CL100 gave results light years better than the HP#97 - on both grades of fabric. The 200ct results are by far the best, though.

    If you are currently using HP#97, and plan to do a lot of printing on fabric, and can afford it, I do recommend you get a Canon. Make sure you get a model for which the cartridge numbers start with either CL or CLI. The least expensive of them use dye-based color inks, but pigment black. There are several models that use dye-based for all the colors and for black.

    Most of them can be found for less than the price shown at Canon's own site.

    I've already gone on and on here. (I can't even say "hello" in 25 words or less.) The article I attached is even longer, but includes the "rules" I've discovered over the years, the steps I used, and a summary of what it costs to POF.

    If anybody out there gets pleasing results with an HP using #97 color, please share your method.
    If you get great results with another brand or ink, please share also.


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    Wow!! Its hard to imagine that much difference. Thanks for the work you put into it. I saved both downloads for if I ever get a new one. Happy for you :D :D Happy, happy, joy,joy!!

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    I do photo transfers on my little Lexmark printer which is six years old now and it still works great! Love my Lexmark!

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    Thank you Patrice for the information. I haven't yet done photocopy fabric but now know so much more before I do. :-)

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    Thanks so much for all the work you put in Patrice. Haven't got round to having a go at POF yet but is on my to do list. so this will be a big help when I do have a go at it.

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    I use an Epson with Dura Bright Ink for my pictures and have very little color loss.

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    Thanks for the information and the link, Patrice! It is very helpful!

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    I can't believe I STILL haven't ordered and tested any yet, but there is a second mix of BubbleJetSet on the market now formulated especially for Hewlett Packard printers. All their other products perform as advertised, and CJ Jenkins has always been very honest about the differing performance of ink formulas with BJS, so i expect to be pleased.

    Unless somebody tests and reports first (hint, hint, HINT!!!) i'll let you know how it goes when i finally get around to it.

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    Leslee had mentioned to me the work that was being done in this field Patrice. With all the fabrics that have come and gone, approximation, with the aid of computers and these newly devised printing techniques, sounds like the perfect foil for quilt restoration. In my mind itís nothing short of a modern miracle. Bravo, keep up the great work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    I can't believe I STILL haven't ordered and tested any yet, but there is a second mix of BubbleJetSet on the market now formulated especially for Hewlett Packard printers. All their other products perform as advertised, and CJ Jenkins has always been very honest about the differing performance of ink formulas with BJS, so i expect to be pleased.

    Unless somebody tests and reports first (hint, hint, HINT!!!) i'll let you know how it goes when i finally get around to it.
    Did you ever get around to it?

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