Thanks for responding! I use a water-proofing treatment on my fabric, but i'm just looking for a good printer that might printer deeper, nicer images. I thought archival ink might be the way to go, but I can find very little information regarding the printers and what I do find is so conflicting. I'm not sure what direction to take.
Just in case this might help someone... I would like to share an experience I just learned from!
If you are a big fan of Steam-A-Seam (org, 2, or lite) like myself, then you might print something on photofabric and then try to fuse it to another piece of fabric.
I would suggest *not* using thin Photo Fabric (I am using Crafter's Photo Fabric sheets, Poplin) with Steam-A-Seam, you will get strange darkening and discoloration around the "bumps" that are Steam-A-Seam. Fusible web interfacing does not seem to cause the same issues.
I can't suggest a particular one, because I haven't used anything but Stitch Witchery. I'd love to hear which ones you like/suggest, though? I can tell you that Stitch Witchery does not have the same issue as Steam A Seam.
Finally, I found the right board to post this on! yaaay. Here are some questions:
I have been doing some fabric printing lately. I know that, when exposed to sunlight, this fabric could start to fade. I have heard rumors of using some kind of spray to protect your fabric, but I don't know what it is or if it works. Have you used anything to protect your fabric from sunlight fading, and if so, what has worked? Any suggestions on what to check out and what to stay away from?
I am thinking about getting a new printer. I am currently using a Canon Pixma MP170, but I was thinking about getting something with archival ink. Any suggestions on what might be good for creating prints and printing on fabric?
Lastly, I was told by one of the photoFabric manufacturers that you don't really have to rinse your fabric after printing if you are not planning on washing it (I am not). Has anyone had any bad experiences from skipping this step? I am currently using Crafter's Photo Fabric, Poplin.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and reply to this!
I've been thinking about working on some canvases that I will make from stretcher bars. I'm pretty new to all this, and I'm just wondering what is the best way to hang these on the wall? That is probably a stupid question, but I wasn't having much luck with a google search.
I know I could outfit it with some loops and wire, but I was wondering if brackets would work or no? I'd like it to hang flush with the wall, so I'm not even sure if that's possible with anything but wire. I've been so busy here, I haven't had a chance to make it to hardware store and just look. Figured I'd ask the pros what they recommend.
Thanks for taking the time to read this ridiculous question.
Would love to hear from someone who has used fabric sheets to print on through their ink jet printer before. I am using PhotoFabric from blumenthal. I've been using cotton poplin sheets. Most colors seem to print fine, but I noticed that the black ink is never dark/deep enough. It always looks faded. Any ideas on this? (I have started playing around with some settings, I will let you know)
Also, do you know if I *have* to rinse this stuff to set the ink, or can I just let it dry for a few days and then iron it? I'm not using it for anything that will ever be washed, so I just wonder if I could step the rinse step all together and still maintain the integrity of the colors. Anyone know??