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It's time to upgrade my printer but I'm having a hard time deciding what kind I want. I'm leaning toward the Epson brand, but I'd consider another brand.

I need a printer that will print on fabric and the quality must be very good. I would be using fabric backed with freezer paper.

What type of printers do any of you use? Recommendations please!

Thanks for your help.

Dawn

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Comment by Colleen Gladney on March 13, 2010 at 2:00pm
I love my Canon MR620B
Comment by Marnie/NH on March 13, 2010 at 1:46pm
You must have got a lemon HP 1600, Jennifer. I had one and loved it. I wore it out! I print a lot of pictures of my grandkids. now have a KodakESP 3 I haven't tried printing on fabric with it yet but I love the picture quality and the ink is cheaper than HP ink.
Comment by Aili in CT on March 13, 2010 at 11:56am
I do a lot of scrapbooking, so I looked for archival ink. I've had an Epson Stylus C88 for a few years and I like it. The Durabrite inks were highly rated in an article in Scrapbooks etc. several years back, and I am pleased with the ink's color-fastness and water-resistance. I have printed onto fabric and onto transfer paper and am pleased with the results, and pleased with the printer in general.

When printing photos the ink usage is, of course, higher than when doing a lot of documents. I don't think its unreasonable though, and cartridges are around $15-18 each, and I replace colors about ever 6 months, black about every 4-5.
Comment by Jennifer Evans on March 13, 2010 at 8:31am
I have an HP PSC 1600 All in One and I hate hate hate it. The feed picks up more than one sheet, it jams all the time, and it won't print on fabric-paper at all. It has an area where you should be able to plug in camera memory like CompactFlash and it rarely works. Avoid this printer at all costs. I wouldn't take it if it were free.
Comment by Cheryl / NC on March 13, 2010 at 6:30am
Dawn, I have an HP Photosmart that I absolutely LOVE! It is actually a photo printer ($99-$149) but can be used as your regular printer. I love the detail it prints on fabric! I'll post a picture on my page of a wall hanging I recently made so you can see it. The detail in the photos I printed is incredible, you can actually see the water droplets coming off the waterfall.
Comment by Mildred Greenhalgh on March 13, 2010 at 6:17am
I've always used a basic HP printer and have never had a problem.
Comment by Kate in OK on March 13, 2010 at 5:55am
Dawn, I have an older Epson, the Epson Stylus Photo 2200 which uses the archival quality inks. I've had really good results with this printer when printing on fabric, though I usually use prepurchased photo fabric for it. They have a newer version of this printer, but I've heard the ink usage is high and the cartdridges are expensive. Don't know if that helps you or not. Good luck on finding a good printer.

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