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Thread: Computer Printer Fabric Disapointment!

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    Computer Printer Fabric Disapointment!

    I wanted to do nice labels for a couple of quilts I have recently finished. Went to JoAnn's and got the sew-in computer printer fabric. Now I see it is not washable. I'm sure the quilts won't be washed a lot, but I don't want something that is going to disappear when it goes in the wash. Is there any way to treat this, so it won't wash out?

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    Were there any instructions to "heat set" the print?? That is what I would try (w/iron or dryer heat) and then test. But If it remains unwashable, I'd then sew a small pocket on the back of the quilt and inform the recipient that the label and wash instructions were inside. You can just put a paper laundry advisement in the pocket.

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    Had another tho't--you might put small buttons on back of quilt and buttonholes in label so it can be removed---or velcro, snaps..even tie it on w/ribbons. Can't think of a process that wouldn't get it wet. Be creative....or toss the label kit. Sometimes we learn by trying.

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    Here is what I used. Came from JoAnn's. I followed the directions to a "t" and had no problems.
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    If you haven't used it you could return it. I'm sure Joanns has the printer paper that is washable. I bought some there before.
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    I agree, return it if you haven't used it. You do have to do some search and find on this fabric. Some are washable some are not, some are sew inable and some are iron on.....I believe the one I use says print, let it set for 1-2 hours, the wash in cold water and iron with a hot dry iron to set the ink.....
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    Thanks for the tips. Guess I'll try and return it and get the color fast version. Don't know why I didn't see that when I was there! My sister was with me, so maybe we were talking too much LOL!!

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    The photo is of June Tailor's Colorfast sheets. They're washable. What made you think they're not? They all fade on repeated washing, but that's because the inks are not permanent, not because of the sheet used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    The photo is of June Tailor's Colorfast sheets. They're washable. What made you think they're not? They all fade on repeated washing, but that's because the inks are not permanent, not because of the sheet used.

    Picture is from different poster then her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Picture is from different poster then her.
    Oops! Mea culpa.
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    The best item I have found is "Printed Treasures ink jet Printable Fabric Sew-on-White". You can get it at JoAnn's, it is currently on sale on line 50% off. If you follow the directions the label will last. I made a quilt for my DGS about 5 years ago and after repeated washings the label is still very readable and the pictures are still clear. Good luck....I think the label is important.. I always write words of love and encouragement on them.
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    I always use the Printed Treasures for my quilt labels and they work out great. Since most of my quilts are for babies, they need to be machine washable on a regular basis. I would never use any of the products that require dry cleaning.

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    June Taylor says it is washable if you do not use detergent. Printed Treasures is what you want.

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    I researched the products a year ago and had great success with "Printed Treasures." I included pictures from space science as well as a label and had no problems with machine washing with warm water and Tide.

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    I would return it and get the washable kind.
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    Bottom line, those printer inks will fade over time. The quilts will outlive us, and we want those future owners to be able to read them. IMHO, the only way to get a lasting label is to embroider one, by hand or machine.

    A removable label will be lost. Murphy's Law: If a thing can go wrong, it will.
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    what about using a pigma pen to write with....will it last ??????
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    Sounds like Printed Treasurers is the way to go. I'll have to see if my local JoAnns has it. Thanks!

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    I use Printed Treasures Sew-on Inkjet Fabric Sheets and they are colofast and washable also.

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    I did the same thing a few days ago. Just grabbed the package and did not see "Dry Clean Only" until I got home. Too late to return then, needed the label so I dragged out a scrap of muslin and a piece of freezer paper and made my own. Returned the package to J-A and got my $$ back. It is so easy with the muslin that I am going to continue to do that - I can also add a scanned photo to the label, if I wish.

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    I use an Epson printer with durabrite ink. I can print on any fabric and it is waterproof.
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    I use June Taylor and never had a problem.

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    You might try getting some Beacon fast finish decoupage. Mix it 3 tablespoons to a cup of water and very carefully dab ( I used make up sponges) this solution on the fabric. Don't brush because the color will run. It needs to be all covered. Let it dry completely. It will be a little stiffer than other fabric but it should be permanent then. I don't know if it needs to be heat set but I have anyway. I did this with plain white muslin I had printed on and have washed them with no change in color. You might experiment on another piece till you have the right formula then do your quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GammaLou View Post
    I wanted to do nice labels for a couple of quilts I have recently finished. Went to JoAnn's and got the sew-in computer printer fabric. Now I see it is not washable. I'm sure the quilts won't be washed a lot, but I don't want something that is going to disappear when it goes in the wash. Is there any way to treat this, so it won't wash out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyElisabeth View Post
    I use an Epson printer with durabrite ink. I can print on any fabric and it is waterproof.
    Lucky you! I'm so jealous. This is the only guaranteed colorfast image transfer method...just wish more printers could use their inks!

    And newbiequilter, that label on plain, untreated muslin will be lucky to be legible after two washes. Easy to print, yes; durable, no. Get some Bubble Jet Set if you plan to continue with muslin labels.
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    The quality of ink and printer depends on the purpose of using it and your budget. Epson, Canon etc. are some good quality printers.

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