Question: What printers can I use to print on fabric?
Answer: All ink jet printers can print on fabric, but some ink brands are
more wash fast than others. This product is not intended for laser printers.
Question: I am getting smears or blobs of ink on the fabric. What can I do?
Answer: If your fabric has smears or blobs of ink on it, you may have a build
up of ink on your print cartridge, which means you need to clean it. Your
user's manual has tips on how to clean print cartridges for your specific
printer. On many printers, there is an adjustment for thicker media, such as
envelopes. I like to use the wider head height if available. Remember to
always print a test page on paper before printing on a fabric sheet.
Question: I am getting white specks on my fabric? What should I do?
Answer: Fabrics and papers will leave dust and lint in your printer. Using a
can of compressed air to 'blow' debris out of the printer mechanisms is a
good preventative maintenance and will help to keep your printer clean.
There was probably lint on your fabric sheet. Remove lint from your fabric
with a lint brush or brush the fabric with your hand and inspect before you
print. Do not use the lint adhesive roller type.
Question: What can I do to fix the white line or spots so I don't waste my
Answer: Usually colored pencils will do the best job. Don't even try
markers as they will bleed and usually are much too intense for the look of
inkjet printing. Some times in black areas, a black laundry marker will
work. Don't throw away a semi-dried out laundry marker, as they seem to
work the best! If you are an artist, you may be able to mix a textile paint to
Question: How do I load fabric sheets in the printer?
Answer: Printers are different when it comes to the print orientation (face
up, face down, etc.) Most HP's have a tray on the bottom of the printer. In
these, you have the fabric side facing down. In most other printers, the feed
tray is on the top-back of the printer. In these, the fabric is facing out
towards you. Try to experiment with paper before you print on fabric.
Question: Should I load a stack of fabric sheets into the paper tray?
Answer: We do not recommend loading multiple fabric sheets at once. It
could cause misfeeds. We recommend that you remove the paper from
your input tray and insert one fabric sheet at a time. Push the sheet all the
way into the tray and make sure that the paper guides are tight against
each of the edges.
Question: My fabric is jammed in the printer. How do I get it out?
Answer: Just like clearing a paper jam, it depends on the printer. Check
your printer manual to see how to clear paper jams. If your printer has a
Rear Access Door, open it and gently pull the jammed fabric sheet out the
back of your printer.
Question: My printable fabric seems to curl before I have a chance to print
on it. Is that a problem?
Answer: Your fabric media should be flat when you send it through the
printer. Keep your fabric sheets in their original packaging until you are
ready to use it. You might also want to place a heavy book on the fabric
sheets to keep them flat if you live in a very humid climate. If it is curled, try
re-ironing the paper side before sending it through the printer. This will
bring the fabric media back to its original flat shape.
Question: Can I use any software application to print on fabric?
Answer: Yes. Anything you print on paper, you can print on fabric! You can
use a word-processing program to print a quotation in a decorative font.
Use an image-editing program to print photos or use illustration software to
output your drawings onto fabric.
Question: After printing fabric, my printer has loose threads in it. How
should I get them out?
Answer: As a general rule, you do not need to worry about small threads in
your printer. But, if you want to clean them out, read your user's manual for
instructions. To reduce the threads in your printer, trim any loose threads
before you print. You can also use a can of compressed air to spray out
the fabric dust.
Question: How do I remove ink stains from my hands?
Answer: You shouldn't get any but if you do, wash your hands with soap. If
you must remove all traces of dye from your skin, I make a 50% bleach and
water solution and dip my finger/hand in or rub with the ink a Q-tip.
Question: Is there anything I should do to help 'set' the inks?
Answer: Other rinses, such as vinegar, dyeset, or Retain will not help set
the ink; rather they may harm the process. Ironing will not help set the ink
either. (see rinse directions).
Question: Can I iron on top of the fabric without ruining it?
Answer: You can iron on top of the fabric. Use a setting normal to the type
of fabric you are printing on. Steam can hurt the fabric if your iron sputters
and spits. The rinse protects the fabric from water spotting from an iron.
(See the rinsing instructions)
Question: Can I attach the fabric using anything besides actual sewing?
Answer: You can iron, glue or sew the fabric into place. I have used double
sided tape. I have used nearly every fabric or craft glue on the market. I
have had good results with many. I like the Scotch Brand 77 Spray very
much. I have used a hot glue gun. For fusing, I like 'Wonder Under' fusible
Question: How do I wash the fabric?
Answer: Use low ph soaps only on ink jet fabrics. (i.e. ivory) DO NOT USE
Tide, Cheer, All, Era etc. Agitation and tumble dryers will work with some
ink sets, but to be safe, hand wash and dry items flat will yield the best
results. Do not 'scrub' on digital printed items, as this will lift the dye off all
together. If you are using a wash machine, use the delicate cycle and wash
the item alone! Read the "rinse instructions".
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Question: What printers can I use to print on fabric?