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    I have a kodak easy share and it is not working for me when I want to print on freezer paper or thinner paper for paper piecing or fabric. I would like to know what printers others are using and if they have problems like I do.
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    Welcome worker bee! Glad you joined us. I talked to you chat and was absolutely no help. LOL I know you will get many wonderful answers here.


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    I use a Hewlett Packard Photosmart All-n-One - No problems so far.

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    With the HP Photosmart can you do sheets of printer fabric that is sold at JoAnns do you know? The "HP all in one" that I have now it is too thick to go through. I love the HP but would also like to be able to make beatiful quilt lables.

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    I have a Dell all in one and it only uses 2 cartridges for printing 1 black and 1 for color. I have heard some printers use several color cartridges. Be sure to check this part out. it can get expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene
    I have a Dell all in one and it only uses 2 cartridges for printing 1 black and 1 for color. I have heard some printers use several color cartridges. Be sure to check this part out. it can get expensive
    Printers with separate cartridges for each color are less expensive to operate. If you run out of red, you only need to buy an inexpensive red cartridge. Not an expensive 3 color cartridge, just because you ran out of one color. If you do a lot of color printing, this can save you money. Especially, if you tend to use up more of one color.

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    I really can't give a suggestion as what to buy, but I can suggest what not to buy - stay away from the HP Officeject Pro L7680 All-in-one. I have had nothing but problems from out of the box. Seems the reviews on Staples say the same thing. Wish I had read them before I bought it. Check out the reviews on that site after you have narrowed down which one you might buy.

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    I've never printed directly onto freezer paper. Have others? I would think it would melt in the heat...or stick to the inside of the machine.

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    i have an HP for scanning and day-to-day printing. when i want to print on fabric, though, i send it through my canon. the print quality of their pigment-ink printers leaves HP in the dust.

    you can send freezer paper through a printer by itself, but it has to be properly prepared. it's much easier to just iron it to a piece of scrap fabric first. you can either press 'til it's nice and flat or let it rest under a heavy book for a little while.

    only a laser printer might present heat issues. i'm not altogether sure i'd recommend using one to print on freezer paper - even if you've ironed it to fabric. and laser printing on the fabric itself is a waste of time and toner. it washes right out. (unless ... has anybody heard of any products that prepare fabric for permanent color laser printing?)

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    Patrice, what type Canon do you have?

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    I have the cheapy, bottom of the barrell HP deskjet 3520 and it works GREAT ! I have ran the fabric sheets from Electric Quilt thru it and printed pics on the fabric with no problems ! Just my 2 cents worth . And if the color runs out it wills till print with black only. Watch for that on some printers because if they run out of say color ink they won't print anything :x
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    yes I have done it in the past on an old printer. I guess I need to go dig it out it might be my answer

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    I have a kodak easy share and that is true for that printer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkrose4664
    Patrice, what type Canon do you have?
    i have a canon pixma pro 9000. it's a bit pricey, but will print on sheets of paper (or fabric ironed to freezer paper) up to 14" x 28".

    when i use it to print on fabric treated with bubble jet set, it's about 98-99% colorfast. it's hard to tell the difference between a fresh print and one that's been washed. (what little color does wash away comes out in the first wash. after that, it stays for gooooooooooooood.)

    when i print on untreated fabric, the ink bleeds a little and about half washes away. so, if i want the ink to wash out completely, i use my hp to print on untreated fabric. (that comes in handy if i want to hand-piece. i print my pieces on the fabric back with cutting and stitching lines. no guessing about seam allowances, and no drawing them by hand. especially useful if i'm using curvey pieces.)

    canon also makes smaller, less expensive models that use the pigment inks.

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    LOts of good information here. Thanks ... I have never tried to use this paper through my hp all in one. This is good to know.

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    I have the HP photosmart all in one C4280. It was cheap around 50 dollars but it uses up the ink so fast that it is costing a fortune to keep refilled. And the new cartridges are expensive. They are very small and dont hold much ink.
    I have not tried to print on fabric with it.

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    I also recommend the printers that use separate black cartridges and each color has a cartridge. That way you don't have to replace all the colors when one runs out--just the one that is out. I have a Cannon i560S and it prints everything and is a workhorse. It's probably been replaced with a newer model since this is years old. It still works fine.

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