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« on: November 03, 2005 06:49:51 AM »

Is there a section for printing directly onto fabric here?  No iron on.. just putting the fabric into the printer.. I've got some questions but don't want to do it in the wrong place!!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2005 08:58:44 AM »

you can look for this stuff called "bubble jet" that you can coat a piece of fabric with and print on it with a regular ole ink jet printer. it has a much nicer effect than iron on transfers...
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2005 09:33:04 PM »

there's not a section, so go ahead and ask your questions wherever.  to add to what me_huh said, you can also buy pre-treated sheets of muslin to run through your inkjet, and they work wonders.  buy them at walmart, because the same ones are twice the price or more at a craft store.  depending on your printer, you may not even need anything special at all.  tonight i discovered my canon pixima i4000 prints directly onto non-treated fabric and so far it seems to be water-proof.  haven't tried soap yet though.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2005 07:21:53 AM »

well... I have bought this fabric from a website that is supposed to be made for printing .  It's 13" x 3 yards.  My printer can print rolls.  My only problem is that I did print on fabric once before, (fabric made for the printer) and afterwards, the ink smudged a little if you rubbed it.  I am wondering if there is a fool proof way to treat the ink after it's printed so it will be permanant.  It doesn't need to be "washable" but definately able to handle being "handled".. the fabric is for bags, so it will be handled alot.  Any suggestions for what to treat it with after being printed?  Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2005 08:35:05 AM »

the instructions on what i use say to set with cold water and heat.  i'm sure in what order though...i'm sure it says on the package or online somewhere.

update on the canon printer to plain fabric: it's pretty good with water, as long as there's not a lot of black.  and it's definately not soap-proof.
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2005 06:50:26 AM »

If you treat the fabric prior to printing with Bubble Jet Set 2000 it will be water proof. Or if you are using Epson Durabrite inks. I have toyed with the idea of using some kind of setter -- you can find it in the quilting store -- but once I looked at the price, it was cheaper to go with the Bubble Jet Set. Has anyone used something like Scotchguard?
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2005 11:00:53 AM »

I just found this website- looks like it has some good info. on it:
http://www.bryerpatch.com/faq/bjs_q&a_page.htm
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