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    Super Member dotcomdtcm's Avatar
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    I have to buy a new printer. Printing on cloth finished off the old one. Any recs? Thanks so much!

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    Just realize you cannot print on fabric with a laser jet printer, only with an ink jet. My HP prints fabric just fine, in fact have had HPs for years and never had a problem with any of them. Good luck in your search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    I have to buy a new printer. Printing on cloth finished off the old one. Any recs? Thanks so much!
    Sure am going to watch the replies to your question as I am planning a memory quilt in memory of my Dad. I have been collecting the fabrics, all music themed as he was a musician. Just bought the printing fabric sheets last week but I was really thinking of buying a new printer before I start this project. I just am not sure what to buy. I had seen on a video about printing on fabrics at the website (thequiltshow.com), I think. They said to use a printer that uses pigment ink. Epson printers use the durabright ink that is pigment ink. I have been looking at the Epson printers on line but have not made a decision yet. I will wait and see what the advice is on this topic. Sorry I was not any help... The videos at that website are very informative about printing on fabric. I am new to this so need some direction. Good luck on your project.

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    I print on fabric all the time. I have a HP Photosmart C4240 and love it! Sorry about your Dad, I made a memory quilt for my Mom when my Dad passed away, it took me awhile to get started on it but then it was such a comfort. I highly recommend HP!
    Kat

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat13
    I print on fabric all the time. I have a HP Photosmart C4240 and love it! Sorry about your Dad, I made a memory quilt for my Mom when my Dad passed away, it took me awhile to get started on it but then it was such a comfort. I highly recommend HP!
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    What do you use to print on? Do you use the fabric sheets that are already treated or do you the bubblejet stuff? Just want to be sure I am going to be using a method that will stand up to washing, etc. I appreciate your advice.

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    I've printed on fabric for YEARS. I just iron freezer paper on muslin, cut to size and send it through. I use a ink jet from H.P. Haven't had problems. I'm not making family heirlooms here, I'm just doing fun projects.

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    In our business we use only Epson as a proof machine because it gives the true color. We proof everything before we run it on our 64" wide format printer. The machine is very inexpensive around $45.00 but the ink is $14.-18. per cassette. Lasts a good length of time. I just iron my white, whatever on freezer paper and send it thru. I have done a Baptizmal Quilt on ivory with pictures of the baby's Mom & Dads wedding, Mom pregnant, pictures from the delivery roomand the final open square was the baby being baptized. I hand sewed it and quilted so it did'nt look out of place. It's been washed 4-5 times, Looks great!

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    Your best bets are either an HP or Epson printer. Both have equally good quality of ink and thruput (feed quality) with fabric in the machine.

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    I have only used the packaged fabric sheets but I am going to try the freezer paper on reg fabric, I think I need that bubble jet stuff tho so will have to wait on it for now. Also when you quilt its a little tricky on large photos, for me anyway. Even the smallest needle leaves holes if you mess up and have to rip stitches out. I tried not quilting them and they get puffy, even with SID. I'm still experimenting on that part...
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    I bought the bubble jet set but haven't used it yet. I plan to do my own fabric with freezer paper too. :D

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    Let me know how it works out for you! I can't wait to experiment...maybe make some labels too!
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    I'm glad to see this post as I'm just contemplating designs and wondered whether to use this method to add some extra bits to my next applique quilt.

    Do the colours come out deep/clear enough onto the ready to print fabric pages, and do they fade at all after washing?
    Thanks
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    I have thought of using those fabric sheets, but I was wondering about washings also.

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    I have used June Tailor colorfast fabric sheets and haven't had any problems with fading, the colors are very good as long as you have plenty of ink in the cartridge...don't ask me how I know that..
    kat

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    I had some PDF fabric (prepared for dying) that I stuck to freezer paper, the color was more vibrant than when I used muslin.

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    make sure to prepare your fabric for dyeing or use prepared for dyeing (pfd) fabrics or the ready made printer fabric sheets. let the ink (cure) completely dry then heat set. on the prepared sheets follow the instuctions. i always let mine set for at least 24 hours after running through the printer before i heat set it. i use an HP printer and always make sure i have new HP ink cartridges when i start a fabric printing project. (the inks in the 'refill' off brand cartridges is not dependable it washes out, fades, runs...ruins) most of the comparisons i've read say to use HP or Epson ink jet printers for the best long-term results.
    it is wonderful to start experimenting with printing fabrics, have fun with it, just make sure to wash the sizing out of your fabrics. and white fabric is going to give more vibrant colors than natural muslin.

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    The main thing that I am sure most of you know or do, and I learned the hard way, when you take the backing off the photo, let it rinse in cold water for a bit and lay it out to dry on it's on. When I get ready to use it, I just touch it with an iron to make sure it's nice and smooth and then I can do whatever by putting it in my quilt.

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    Thanks again for all the information and tips. I sent for my ready to print sheets and new cartridges today, so hopefully I'll be printing by the weekend. :-D

    Just got to find myself a nice shiny UFO somewhere... oops, I mean the alien space ship ones.

    Joanne

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    I have another question.....if you use the already prepared fabric sheets for printing, what brand is the best to use?

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    I've been an HP fan for many years. They hold up well, print well, did my fabric photos well last year. We have two HPs now, one regular HP 5440 and one wireless for the lap tops -- That one does great color! HP Photosmart Premium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintmejudy
    Just realize you cannot print on fabric with a laser jet printer, only with an ink jet.
    While this may have been true at one time, it is no longer the case. You CAN use a laser printer to print on fabric, it's just a different process.

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    I think I'll take a class on this at my LQS. They advertise 5 different methods.

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    This is an interesting topic. I've been wanting to print my quilt labels and I have muslin to put on freezer paper and I also have the purchased printer fabric (F & P brand). Here's my question: I don't want to go out and buy a new printer to try this. I have a Kodak EasyShare All In One. Will this one work? Has anyone tried it already? Do I really need to go out and buy a new printer?

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    I have used pics in 2 quilts. I used Printed Treasures fabric sheets...sometimes getting the paper off the back was a challenge. Someone on here posted that after it was dry, heating gently with an iron just briefly made it come off more easily if you are having a problem. I just a Kodak printer the first time and had a dickens of a time with it. The second time went back to our old HP and it worked like a charm. Print off one on regular paper first, and remember the fabric seems to suck up the color, so it needs to have the saturation set higher for the one printed on fabric. I too watched the show on The quilt show and it was very informative.

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    I have used Bubble Jet2000 and it works great.
    Follow directions to set the image after the printing, and it will stand up to time as advertised.

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