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    Question about Printing on Fabric for Quilt

    I am going to print wedding pics out onto fabric to put into my dd's wedding quilt. I've googled information about it but still confuses. For those who have done this; what PPI or DPI did you use?

    Linda

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    i've printed lots of pictures on fabric-but sorry -- have no idea what PPI or DPI are---
    I use good quality (expensive) permenent ink in my ink-jet HP printer- I prepare my fabric for dyeing- (pre-washed with detergent- no fabric softener- or any additives- then iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric- cut to the size of printer paper being very careful to secure the edges so the fabric does not separate in the printer-
    i print my pictures- set them aside to 'cure' for up to 24 hours-so the ink has time to saturate the fibers- then i heat set
    the next day i run cold water through the pictures to remove the excess ink- dry them & heat-set again...
    there are also pre-made printer fabric sheets available- there are a number of different ones- each has its own instructions-some are washable some are not- it's important to follow the instructions on the package to have the best results.
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    Thank you for the response. DPi is dots per inch and PPi is Pixels per inch for printing. When I asked the photographer for pictures on a disk she asked what DPi did I want. I have no idea.

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    Sorry, I can help with what DPI or PPI to use. I could not get the fabric sheets to feed through my printer. I use the print and press sheet. Would be interest to know what difference this would make with the picture being printed on fabric. Will you let me know.

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    Sure will. Hopefully someone on here knows what this means.

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    I will watching to find out what others use but from earlier threads on the same subject, I tend to lean heavily towards ckcolw's suggestion.

    Linda

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    There's a great lesson on Printing on Fabric on http://www.thequiltshow.com. It goes through all the processes and mentions a pixel setting. I learned a lot from it.

    Mary

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    I do the same thing. I have done it for years. Just be sure to iron the freezer paper on good, especially the corners. It works so well.
    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i've printed lots of pictures on fabric-but sorry -- have no idea what PPI or DPI are---
    I use good quality (expensive) permenent ink in my ink-jet HP printer- I prepare my fabric for dyeing- (pre-washed with detergent- no fabric softener- or any additives- then iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric- cut to the size of printer paper being very careful to secure the edges so the fabric does not separate in the printer-
    i print my pictures- set them aside to 'cure' for up to 24 hours-so the ink has time to saturate the fibers- then i heat set
    the next day i run cold water through the pictures to remove the excess ink- dry them & heat-set again...
    there are also pre-made printer fabric sheets available- there are a number of different ones- each has its own instructions-some are washable some are not- it's important to follow the instructions on the package to have the best results.
    Karen from Appleton, Wisconsin

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    I have printed pictures for years and have used many of the different prepared fabric as it came out. My favorite is Printed Treasures. What I have found is that I get the best results if I over saturate the colors on the picture to print on the fabric -- remember the fabric is more absorbant than the paper or picture paper. I have a simple picture processing program and DH hates the looks of the pictures before I print them. I get some vivid colors and they hold the color very well. Printed Treasures has a decent hand -- it drapes well and holds the colors.

    I have not made my own fabric for the printer so I don't know how well it holds up.
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    Karen,
    Can you tell me the model number of your HP printer and where do you buy the permanent ink?
    Thanks & regards,
    JoAnn
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