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Thread: printing on fabric with a laser printer?

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    Has anyone printed on fabric using a laser printer? We have a new one and I don't want to ruin the printer or material. I was going to use the sheets that you buy especially for this. I had good luck with them on the ink jet printer. I had also tried the "make your own printable material" and had some sucess with that but it was hard to get to run through the printer without jamming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    Has anyone printed on fabric using a laser printer? We have a new one and I don't want to ruin the printer or material. I was going to use the sheets that you buy especially for this. I had good luck with them on the ink jet printer. I had also tried the "make your own printable material" and had some sucess with that but it was hard to get to run through the printer without jamming.
    I printed out small facial features to use in a small wall hanging. I ironed the prewashed muslin onto the shiny side of freezer paper and fed it through the printer. However when I told this to several quilters, many of them laughed at me and told me that the ink would rub off because laser printers aren't like inkjets. However, when I first printed it out I couldn't get it to rub off, so felt I could use them. And by the time the laughing began I had already finished and mailed the wall hanging to my friend... She says it still looks great and she won't give it back.

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    why not just try 1 sheet see how it works, wash it dry so on ete... let us know too :-D :-D

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    I am curiuos about this too - I have the same thing. I tried feeding some of the inkjet special paper through my laser and it smeared so I was worried that it ruined the rollers but it seems to be fine. However, I have been looking for the specialty stuff for the laser and haven't found any - did you?

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    WELL that sure Shows THEM!!!! teach them to well you know :-P

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    they say never use a laser printer for fabric printing....inkjet printers only, it has to do with the heat involved with the laser printer and the ink itself will wash out. i do not know about pre-treating your fabric with bubble jet or something to help the ink set but i have heard that it is not good for a laser printer. if i had just bought one i think i would experiment a little and try it, but the experts do say inkjet printers only.

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    I think I will give it a go when I return home. Am traveling with husband on business now. Just worried that it would mess up a very expensive printer that the company bought!!! It just looks so much better on paper than the old one that I was hoping it would do the same on fabric. Too bad it doesn't usually work that way for me :( I'll post once I try it.

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    Moon Holiday ... which brand and model laser printer did you use? is it color laser, or just black & white.

    i'm planning to go laser very soon for my default printer for everyday things. if i had one that would print successfully on fabric, i'd be sooooooo happy. my primary printer for fab does a fantastic job, but it's an ink pig. :hunf:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    they say never use a laser printer for fabric printing....inkjet printers only, it has to do with the heat involved with the laser printer and the ink itself will wash out. i do not know about pre-treating your fabric with bubble jet or something to help the ink set but i have heard that it is not good for a laser printer. if i had just bought one i think i would experiment a little and try it, but the experts do say inkjet printers only.
    I may just listen to the experts on this one. I just never heard anything before- thanks for possibly saving my marriage :)

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    Hubby just got a color HP laser printer. Haven't done anything but paper and slicks in it but WOW what a difference! I kept my old ink jet just in case fabric was an issue in it and from the post so far, I am leaning toward using the ink jet.

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    You can use laser printers to print on fabric. The heat issue is about using pretreated fabric sheets like Printed Treasures. Laser heat can soften the adhesive. Not a good thing inside a printer! If you use fabric and freezer paper, the heat is not a factor. The permancy of the image through the multiple washings a bed quilt would get may be, but for seldom/never washed wall quilts, lasers are wonderful. There are ways to 'fix' the image, but most change the hand of the fabric. There is a wealth of information about laser printing on fabric on the web these days so go take a look (be sure to check the date of the article though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    You can use laser printers to print on fabric. The heat issue is about using pretreated fabric sheets like Printed Treasures. Laser heat can soften the adhesive. Not a good thing inside a printer! If you use fabric and freezer paper, the heat is not a factor. The permancy of the image through the multiple washings a bed quilt would get may be, but for seldom/never washed wall quilts, lasers are wonderful. There are ways to 'fix' the image, but most change the hand of the fabric. There is a wealth of information about laser printing on fabric on the web these days so go take a look (be sure to check the date of the article though).
    Thank you I don't know know why I don't think of checking web sites first but I see so much info on this site that I just love it!

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    I bought some fabric sheets to make labels for my quilts but they won't go through my inkjet printer (HP) and on the package it says not to use a laser jet printer. Wish I could get my money back on this :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired2pa
    I bought some fabric sheets to make labels for my quilts but they won't go through my inkjet printer (HP) and on the package it says not to use a laser jet printer. Wish I could get my money back on this :(
    Did you adjust the printer to take thicker material. Mine would do that and the fabric/paper would go through. Of course I didn't figure this out for myself but that's beside the point!

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    This is new information for me, thanks.
    The last I had heard was that laser printers might burn the fabric, but if there is new technology I'm all for it.

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    My dil and I tried to print on fabric with a laser printer and it looked beautiful but it all washed out. We even tried a solution of fabric glue used as a fixative and it still washed out. I am searching for a special fabric that can be used. The color was beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    Has anyone printed on fabric using a laser printer? We have a new one and I don't want to ruin the printer or material. I was going to use the sheets that you buy especially for this. I had good luck with them on the ink jet printer. I had also tried the "make your own printable material" and had some sucess with that but it was hard to get to run through the printer without jamming.

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    I would never consider printing on fabric with a laser printer--I work in technology and have had several of different brands over the years, both home and high-end level.

    Even if the toner (laser printers don't use ink) is colorfast, I would be worried 1) about getting lint in my expensive equipment, and 2) about burning the fabric--laser printers run hot, and color lasers even hotter. Plus, they are considerably more limited in the type of media they will accept and function with. And if you have a warranty, I'm sure attempting to print on fabric will violate it.

    Compared to buying a new printer, paying $18/yard at spoonflower.com or another POD fabric place seems downright cheap!

    I wish it were realistically possible, though... toner is so much cheaper than archival fabric ink jet ink! :)

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    My DD ran over 30 pics. thru a laser printer, not realizing that's what it was. She was making a memory quilt for a wedding gift. The pics and quilt came out fine. This was several years ago and i know the quilt is used alot. she has seen it recently and it is fine.

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