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Quilting With Photos Transferring Images to Fabric

Quilting With Photos is not a difficult process if you know how. Like many things it looks complicated, but if you follow these simple steps, you will have success with printing your own photos for quilting.

First of all you need to understand the basics.
1. Printer
2. Ink
3. Fabric

If you get the combination wrong, then you will have problems.

1. Printer. Look at the printers available and ask the seller if it is the right printer for you. Most people would choose a Canon or Epsom. Things to ask include – does it print on fabric – do I need to do anything special? Will it take fabric on a roll or just sheets? Think about the size – will you be happy printing just A4 or do you need an A3 printer. Ask if you can see print outs.

2. Ink. You need an inkjet printer not a laser printer. There are two types of inkjet – some use pigment based and others use dye based. This is a very confusing area or printing on fabric, especially because most applications are for paper. On paper pigment ink is much preferred because it is fade resist. Dye based are usually brighter colours. The latter cause problems on fabric because the colour washes out or bleeds (runs), which is not what you want on fabric. You cannot switch inks in your printer, if you have bought a dye-based printer, you must use dye-based inks. If using these on fabric, you need to prepare fabric beforehand and after to help the dye fix. If using pigment-based inks, use pre-treated fabric for best results. Either way printing on fabric is more suitable for projects that do not need washing regularly, they will fade. Always use the inks recommended for your printer by the manufacturer and not cheap substitutes.

3. You can cut fabric, attach it to freezer paper and run it through your printer. You can be lucky with this many times, but sooner or later it usually jams your printer and hey ho, you wish you had not. Computer fabric is not excessively expensive and saves you the problem of sorting out a jammed printer and also saves you time. You can buy different fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk.

If you want to know more about what to print on fabric and how to create your own designs, then see our ecourse or why not have a go at designing your own fabric and printing it, here in our ecourse.

In an ideal world, we would use a large-format printer to print out quilting fabric, but these come at a cost and the average person would never get their money back. For the past ten years, bureaus have been springing up offering to print your fabric. You can even order fat quarters from some of them as well as metres. They produce fabric digitally and you can sell your own designs.