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Thread: Ink Jet Printers

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    Looking for a good ink jet printer to use with eq printable or transfer eze "paper"/"fabric" - any suggestions?

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    All inkjets work fine. I would suggest buying one that has the most economical ink refills. I have an older HP Photosmart and I've noticed that HP ink cartridges seem to have less ink in them now then when I first started buying them and at a higher price.

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    I just use my old HP 3520 Deskjet- just have it set to photo quality for printing

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    I have an Epson 310 that I bought earlier this year. And I bought the non-oem refillable ink cartridges that just came out in the spring. I never had any real luck with the cartridge refills with my old Lexmark. The Epson cartridges are expensive. With the refillables, I have printed TONS of stuff since I got this printer and I am still on the original bottles of refill ink. And the cost for the whole set of 5 bottles costs less than $20 including shipping. Yes, it screws up the warranty stuff on the printer but the printer only cost $100 to begin with. I more than make up the cost of having to buy a new printer when I have a problem with the savings on the ink.

    The other thing that I really like about it is it is a straight feed printer. The material being printed on does not have to twist and turn, just feeds straight through. A big help when trying to print on fabric, envelopes, etc.

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    I'm going to check out the Epson 310. Sounds exactly what I need. I do a lot of printing for my guild and quilt classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers
    I have an Epson 310 that I bought earlier this year. And I bought the non-oem refillable ink cartridges that just came out in the spring. I never had any real luck with the cartridge refills with my old Lexmark. The Epson cartridges are expensive. With the refillables, I have printed TONS of stuff since I got this printer and I am still on the original bottles of refill ink. And the cost for the whole set of 5 bottles costs less than $20 including shipping. Yes, it screws up the warranty stuff on the printer but the printer only cost $100 to begin with. I more than make up the cost of having to buy a new printer when I have a problem with the savings on the ink.

    The other thing that I really like about it is it is a straight feed printer. The material being printed on does not have to twist and turn, just feeds straight through. A big help when trying to print on fabric, envelopes, etc.
    Where do you buy your ink. I have a 310 and the ink costs lots more than that.

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    according to studies the inks used by HP and epson are the most (permenent) when doing any fabric printing. the refills do not work, they rinse right out, and some of the other printer brands have so-so results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    according to studies the inks used by HP and epson are the most (permenent) when doing any fabric printing. the refills do not work, they rinse right out, and some of the other printer brands have so-so results.
    Thanks. i've never tried printing on fabric but do have it in mind so...I'll keep this in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    according to studies the inks used by HP and epson are the most (permenent) when doing any fabric printing. the refills do not work, they rinse right out, and some of the other printer brands have so-so results.
    That was brought to my attention from a friend who knew that I had the Epson. So I put it to the test. I took several pieces of various quality of fabrics - i.e. WM, LQS, CT, Joanns, etc. - and print a total of 32 blocks. They vary from sayings to full color pictures. And I then pieced them into a throw. And it lives on my couch. It is used constantly - dogs, cats and all. The slipcovers on my couch and loveseat are washed weekly (sometimes twice a week) and this test piece and a couple of other throws are washed to. I made the test in July - when I heard about this. Well, except for some of the white not being so white and a couple of corners where the stitching is coming out. It looks really good. The full color pictures are obviously not as bright as they were, but all in all they look really good.

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    If you want some really good info, check out www.bryerpatch.com. Caryl Bryer Fallert has provided a lot of info on printing on fabric. She is a multi-award winning quilter and her work is incredible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17
    Where do you buy your ink. I have a 310 and the ink costs lots more than that.
    If you will send me a PM with your real email, I will send you a link. He is a seller on eBay and I used to buy my other ink from him too. Apparently there was just released this spring a microchip that would reset on a reuseable cartridge. That technology was not available for Epson before and that is why Walgreens and Office Max do not refill Epson cartridges.

    I bought my starter pack from him which included 5 reuseable cartridges, and five bottles of ink. One each of the M, B, Y and two of the black since the printer takes two black cartridges. The cartridges have refill holes that have rubber stoppers. No more trying to drill a refill hole is the cartridges and ruining everything - including your clothes. The ink bottles have 100ml each and the cartridges - according to the Epson website - have 13ml in the 68 and 16ml in the 69.

    I am still on my original set of refills. I have finished one bottle of black and about 1/5 of each of the colors. The guy that I get these from has the 5 pack of just the ink bottles for sale and he also sells just the black in a 5 pack since that is what everyone goes through the quickest.

    There are other features that I really like about my 310 - if you are making 'speciality' copies - enlarging, reducing, darker/lighter - it doesn't erase that setting automatically like some do after a certain length of time. And I have even taught my husband to always use the reset button before he trys to scan or copy anything.

    All of my home printers before this were Lexmark and I was very loyal to them. But I am SSSOOOOO happy with my Epson. In so many ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    All inkjets work fine. I would suggest buying one that has the most economical ink refills. I have an older HP Photosmart and I've noticed that HP ink cartridges seem to have less ink in them now then when I first started buying them and at a higher price.
    I have noticed that too! They have us coming and going huh???

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    I have a newer HP All in one Photo printer and it prints everthing beautifully. Order from HP, get ink cartridges at reduced price from store, no shipping charge.

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    All inkjets work fine. I would suggest buying one that has the most economical ink refills. I have an older HP Photosmart and I've noticed that HP ink cartridges seem to have less ink in them now then when I first started buying them and at a higher price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rettie V.Grama
    I have a newer HP All in one Photo printer and it prints everthing beautifully. Order from HP, get ink cartridges at reduced price from store, no shipping charge.

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    All inkjets work fine. I would suggest buying one that has the most economical ink refills. I have an older HP Photosmart and I've noticed that HP ink cartridges seem to have less ink in them now then when I first started buying them and at a higher price.
    Thanks, I may order some soon as mine will be dry again before long. I bought a new wireless HP printer for the RV and it sure seems to use more ink. I went back to my old one.

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    go to clickinks.com for your inkjet cartridges. i shop there for the office as well as home. can't beat prices.

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