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Thread: Printing pics on cloth

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    Senior Member anniec55's Avatar
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    I am considering a new printer and because I print on fabric, pictures for quilts, I am looking for your recommendations on what kind of printer should I consider, and why do you like it??

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    Oh I'll have to watch this thread....I too am in need of a new printer.

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    You need an inkjet printer. I had one and it worked great ( a small HP from Walmart for less than $200.00) and then my DH decided to upgrade it to a HP Laser printer. Nice machine but not recommended for printing fabric as it gets too hot. I really miss my little inkjet!

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    Quilt Home magazine did a research issue on printers...what they came up with is...first off it has to be an "Ink Jet" printer NOT A LASER JET---
    they tried out something like a dozen different brands- basing on ease of use...quality of pictures...quality and permenence of ink...and found the 2 that were above the others were the HP and Brother...for clear, good color- i think an epson came in third.
    it is not recommended to use refillable ink cartridges- or off=brands...the ink rinses right out of the fabric. you need good quality ink.

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    I have an Injet HP from Staples...works nicely with the fabric... Most important is having new ink cartridge

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    Look at the printers with separate color cartridges - that way you only have to replace the depleted color. Canon & Epson make them - I've had no problems with Canon ink jet printers.

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    Good tip regarding "do not use refillable ink". I did not know that and certainly will keep it in the back of my mind for future quilts. Thanks!

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    I am also thinking of upgrading my printer so I'm interested in what others have to say - I currently have an HP and have been happy with it. My other comment is to remind you to only use pre-treated fabric so that the ink does not wash out of the fabric - printer ink is water-soluble. As well as printing photos on fabric, I make all my quilt labels in the same way.

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    Where do you purchase "pre-treated" fabric for your HP printer, or do I have to manually pre-treat? Thanks

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    I just replaced mine three months ago with an ink jet printer/scanner from Walmart online for $40. Works great!

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