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    Applique Angel

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    Default Printing labels on fabric.

    I know there have been questions and answers and resources pointed out. But I am just beside myself as I Can't get my ink to stay when I wash my label. I have repeated the same process as always, but this time, when I test for color fastness, it just washes away. Any help would be appreciated, even if it's "I have had the same thing happen". have a great day and thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    are you ironing the label after printing to heat set the ink?
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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    HEAT SET (should help)
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    Yes, I have done that. I even did it from the back. That's they way I have always done it. Let it cool then take it to water. Could it be I got some crummy ink this time? Just frustrating. Oh the life of a quilter.

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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    sometimes you can buy special ink for printing on fabric. you might ask at an office supply store.
    Dolores

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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Navas View Post
    HEAT SET (should help)
    Sandy, just wanted to say that I LOVE your avatar!!!! That is the cutest sheep!
    Hugs,
    Joanne

    There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

    A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
    Happiness = fabric!

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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    I have done this years ago. I bought Bubble jet set solution to soak the fabric first. I'm not sure how well this *really* worked. After I printed the fabric squares (on wax paper), I pressed them with a hot iron (without the wax paper). I also experimented drying them in the dryer. But then I had to press them again But if your ink comes off in water, then it may come off in this solution, too. Anyway, here's a link.

    Bubble Jet Set 2000

    Because I'm bored, curious and away from my sewing machine, I did a little web searching. I found an article where some ink jet printers have pigment ink (water resistant) and dye based (water soluble). Here's an article that explains the difference, although it doesn't mention fabric specifically.

    Ink News - What Is The Difference Between Dye And Pigment Ink?

    So, this got me thinking, of course, what kind of ink do I have? I have an Epson XP-410 printer. I went to the Epson website and looked at the specifications and it has an ink section that says "DURABrite Ultra pigment ink (smudge, fade, and water resistant)". Now I have to print something to see if it really works

    I hope this helps and/or works for you.

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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    For regular fabric I wash it first to get the sizing out. After printing I let it set overnight, then press with a hot iron, using a sheet of paper as a pressing cloth to avoid scorching. If the fabric is made for printing I just follow the instructions.

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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    Quote Originally Posted by soul60s View Post
    Sandy, just wanted to say that I LOVE your avatar!!!! That is the cutest sheep!
    I have a special place in my heart for sheep . . . and sheep lovers . . . and sheep raisers . . . and baby lambs, and ewes and bucks and . . . well, S H E E P!!
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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    Default Re: Printing labels on fabric.

    I make 150 quilt labels per year, using approximately 300 different designs. In my experience, the only thing that works is treating the cotton fabric with Bubble Jet as per package directions. I've used Epson and HP printers with the same results. The fabric has to be prepared to accept the ink.

    A laser printer would probably work best, but no one recommends it because of the risk of ruining your printer.

    Heat setting has made absolutely no difference in my experience.

    Check out the Jenkins website. It has a LOT of information. Bubble Jet Set 2000 - 16 ounce

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