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    It's a washout"

    Just wondering if anyone cam recommend fabric paper for printing photos on to. I bought a packet of (expensive!) paper to print photos on for a memory quilt. Fortunately I tested it out first and on the first light wash the photo faded considerably. Has anyone found a fabric paper that really works? Thanks.
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    Honestly, I have yet to find ANY fabrics that will hold a photo unless I print them on my Grandmothers Epson printer. If I print it on my HP, NOTHING but black stays. This is because Epson inks are pigment ink ( permanent ) and HP inks are dye based ( water soluble ) . HP does make Vivera Pigment Ink. Make sure to check your ink to be sure it says PIGMENT and not DYE. A quick tell is if your printer uses 1 black cartridge and 1 tri-color cartridge your printer does not support pigment cartridges. Only those machines that use multiple color cartridges have the ability to use the pigment based cartridges ( and yep they cost more too ). This is why Hubs said the next time we go looking to get a printer, I am to get one that will support Pigment inks !
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    I made one photo quilt. I had a print shop print my pictures on fabric. The pictures are still vivid and the quilt has been washed a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlightlyOffQuilter View Post
    Honestly, I have yet to find ANY fabrics that will hold a photo unless I print them on my Grandmothers Epson printer. If I print it on my HP, NOTHING but black stays. This is because Epson inks are pigment ink ( permanent ) and HP inks are dye based ( water soluble ) . HP does make Vivera Pigment Ink. Make sure to check your ink to be sure it says PIGMENT and not DYE. A quick tell is if your printer uses 1 black cartridge and 1 tri-color cartridge your printer does not support pigment cartridges. Only those machines that use multiple color cartridges have the ability to use the pigment based cartridges ( and yep they cost more too ). This is why Hubs said the next time we go looking to get a printer, I am to get one that will support Pigment inks !
    Thank you so much for this information! Had no idea. And we just got a new HP printer, so none in our future any time soon. I wonder if some place like Office Depot or Office Max have the pigment printers and could print off. Would get spend if there were a lot though.
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    I agree that epson is better but..... I use printed treasures fabric sheets, heat set with my iron, and rinse in warm (baby bath) water AFTER 24 hrs, my HP ink stays well, these quilts are washed 1-2 yrly.

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    Try soaking in cold salt water. I have Tshirt transfers that are still pretty good after 20 years. I used a Canon 600 when I first started. One poster is right about inks - some tend to be more permanent. Sometimes if you use the paper from the printer company, it works better than transfer paper from a different vendor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    I agree that epson is better but..... I use printed treasures fabric sheets, heat set with my iron, and rinse in warm (baby bath) water AFTER 24 hrs, my HP ink stays well, these quilts are washed 1-2 yrly.
    Yup. That's exactly what I do... I have a HP printer as well and don't put a special ink in it. My DGS's quilt with photos is still bright and colorful after 6 years and my daughter washes it more often than I would. I've found printed treasures at Joanns and my LQS as well. But, with the 50% off coupon at Joanns, it's a lot cheaper.
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    Has anyone tried using a laser jet printer for the fabric photos? I heard they are permanent.

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    NOTE Most Fabric Sheet will tell you NOT TO USE A LASER JET and if you do it will void any warranty that you have.

    I have used printed treasures off and on for some time and no real isues. However we just got a new quilt shop and they used to do T-Shirts so they still have all of the equipment. They are doing the transfers (using the t-shirt method) for quilters now. It is possible if you have a t-shirt shop near you that they might also do this. It didn't seem anymore expensive than the treated fabric sheets and more permanent.

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    Laser printers get too hot for fabric.

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    OK ty for the information. I never tried it but had heard about it.

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    it is important to read the package completely when purchasing 'printer fabric' and follow the instructions to a tee...some of them are made to be used for wall hangings- not intended to be washed ever...some are for projects that may be laundered- either way it's important to follow the instructions. also, allowing the ink to 'cure' really saturate the fibers (use the best *heaviest ink* setting on the printer- so you get a lot of ink --let it cure for at least 24 hours- heat set-
    permanent ink of course works best- and some office shops/print shops will print your pictures for you. I have found I have best luck making my own- I purchase good quality bleached muslin- pre-wash it- with detergent- no fabric softener, = press freezer paper to the back- cut it into *printer paper* size- make sure the edges are pressed firmly to the freezer paper then run it through my printer- I am currently using a canon- but used an hp successfully for years.
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    I bought the product sold through the EQ-7 people, and it worked very well. Do not assume it will magically stay, unless you follow the processing steps after printing to set the ink. That is really important! I tested mine with washing and it came out fine. How it will hold up over the years I do not know.

    However, the way I used the photo material was to use a sepia filter or tonally correct the photo to shades of brown/black/cream/tan on the photo, replicate one photo 20 times on a page, then cut them up and used them in the 1 1/2" strips, so that it all blends in with the rest of the regular fabric and you have to look close to notice that some of it is a photo. And the photos are of course sentimental for the recipient- ducks from the college campus pond, our dear old dog, my son's favorite microbrew beer bottles...

    I don't know about making a photo qwuilt where the photos are supposed to be actual photos like from a photo album, and then stay like that. I think they would fade like fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I made one photo quilt. I had a print shop print my pictures on fabric. The pictures are still vivid and the quilt has been washed a lot.
    That sounds like the best idea I have heard about printing photos on fabric. Thanks for the suggestion !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlightlyOffQuilter View Post
    Honestly, I have yet to find ANY fabrics that will hold a photo unless I print them on my Grandmothers Epson printer. If I print it on my HP, NOTHING but black stays. This is because Epson inks are pigment ink ( permanent ) and HP inks are dye based ( water soluble ) . HP does make Vivera Pigment Ink. Make sure to check your ink to be sure it says PIGMENT and not DYE. A quick tell is if your printer uses 1 black cartridge and 1 tri-color cartridge your printer does not support pigment cartridges. Only those machines that use multiple color cartridges have the ability to use the pigment based cartridges ( and yep they cost more too ). This is why Hubs said the next time we go looking to get a printer, I am to get one that will support Pigment inks !
    this is great information.... thanks... this question comes up so often... i think i will bookmark your reply
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    I agree that epson is better but..... I use printed treasures fabric sheets, heat set with my iron, and rinse in warm (baby bath) water AFTER 24 hrs, my HP ink stays well, these quilts are washed 1-2 yrly.
    Yes, I use Printed Treasures too - they have always worked wonderfully for me no matter what printer I happen to be using.

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    I use Printed Treasures. I use it for all of my labels. It washes well w/minimal fading. I did try the June Tailor product. Color washed out. My Easter egg label no longer looked like pretty colorful Easter eggs.
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    Printed Treasures works fine with an HP printer if you follow the directions properly. I had great results with a photo memory quilt. Amazon has a significantly better price with Prime shipping than Joann's or my lqs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katei View Post
    Just wondering if anyone cam recommend fabric paper for printing photos on to. I bought a packet of (expensive!) paper to print photos on for a memory quilt. Fortunately I tested it out first and on the first light wash the photo faded considerably. Has anyone found a fabric paper that really works? Thanks.
    I haven't used Bubble Jet it but know someone has. You treat your own fabric then print on it. It has directions for printing drying etc. if u follow the directions I don't think the printer matters.

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    I have used Printed Treasures w/o problem, but I cannot say if they faded or not. I did use an online site that prints pictures from a file. I wanted something larger than the 8X11. She had it printed and mailed to me within a week. $10 plus $1 shipping. I believe she would have put more than one picture on the same fabric if I had requested that. I needed some extra fabric around as I was making it a medallion.

    www.fotosonfabric.com

    Here is a picture of the picture already quilted. (it was a police themed quilt...hence the patch...)

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    Interesting thread - haven't done this yet but if I do, these will be good things to know.

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    I like Printed Treasures.

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    I like the EQ Printables. I prefer the texture compared to the Printed Treasures. I also find it easier to remove the backing. So far I haven't had any major problems with fading and I have used an HP printer and an Epson printer at different times. You might try using a dye fixative on the label.

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    I make my own printer sheets. I used to have a blog on here on how I do it. I use BubbleJetSet2000. I have not had any issues with the color completely washing out. Actually...I've got a wall hanging here that is 7 years old, been washed several times...still looks like the day I made it.


    Quote Originally Posted by katei View Post
    Just wondering if anyone cam recommend fabric paper for printing photos on to. I bought a packet of (expensive!) paper to print photos on for a memory quilt. Fortunately I tested it out first and on the first light wash the photo faded considerably. Has anyone found a fabric paper that really works? Thanks.
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    Totally agree with OnebyOne.......Have a print shop do the photos if you want a lasting product.

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