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Thread: Printing on fabric to quilt

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    Super Member dotcomdtcm's Avatar
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    I have to buy a new printer. Printing on cloth finished off the old one. Any recs? Thanks so much!

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    Just realize you cannot print on fabric with a laser jet printer, only with an ink jet. My HP prints fabric just fine, in fact have had HPs for years and never had a problem with any of them. Good luck in your search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    I have to buy a new printer. Printing on cloth finished off the old one. Any recs? Thanks so much!
    Sure am going to watch the replies to your question as I am planning a memory quilt in memory of my Dad. I have been collecting the fabrics, all music themed as he was a musician. Just bought the printing fabric sheets last week but I was really thinking of buying a new printer before I start this project. I just am not sure what to buy. I had seen on a video about printing on fabrics at the website (thequiltshow.com), I think. They said to use a printer that uses pigment ink. Epson printers use the durabright ink that is pigment ink. I have been looking at the Epson printers on line but have not made a decision yet. I will wait and see what the advice is on this topic. Sorry I was not any help... The videos at that website are very informative about printing on fabric. I am new to this so need some direction. Good luck on your project.

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    I print on fabric all the time. I have a HP Photosmart C4240 and love it! Sorry about your Dad, I made a memory quilt for my Mom when my Dad passed away, it took me awhile to get started on it but then it was such a comfort. I highly recommend HP!
    Kat

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat13
    I print on fabric all the time. I have a HP Photosmart C4240 and love it! Sorry about your Dad, I made a memory quilt for my Mom when my Dad passed away, it took me awhile to get started on it but then it was such a comfort. I highly recommend HP!
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    What do you use to print on? Do you use the fabric sheets that are already treated or do you the bubblejet stuff? Just want to be sure I am going to be using a method that will stand up to washing, etc. I appreciate your advice.

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    I've printed on fabric for YEARS. I just iron freezer paper on muslin, cut to size and send it through. I use a ink jet from H.P. Haven't had problems. I'm not making family heirlooms here, I'm just doing fun projects.

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    In our business we use only Epson as a proof machine because it gives the true color. We proof everything before we run it on our 64" wide format printer. The machine is very inexpensive around $45.00 but the ink is $14.-18. per cassette. Lasts a good length of time. I just iron my white, whatever on freezer paper and send it thru. I have done a Baptizmal Quilt on ivory with pictures of the baby's Mom & Dads wedding, Mom pregnant, pictures from the delivery roomand the final open square was the baby being baptized. I hand sewed it and quilted so it did'nt look out of place. It's been washed 4-5 times, Looks great!

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    Your best bets are either an HP or Epson printer. Both have equally good quality of ink and thruput (feed quality) with fabric in the machine.

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    I have only used the packaged fabric sheets but I am going to try the freezer paper on reg fabric, I think I need that bubble jet stuff tho so will have to wait on it for now. Also when you quilt its a little tricky on large photos, for me anyway. Even the smallest needle leaves holes if you mess up and have to rip stitches out. I tried not quilting them and they get puffy, even with SID. I'm still experimenting on that part...
    Kat

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    I bought the bubble jet set but haven't used it yet. I plan to do my own fabric with freezer paper too. :D

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