Do you want to put in a photo for your quilt that looked similar to portion of the fabric than an iron-on decal?
Previously, we relied on photo transfer paper to iron our photo onto our quilt block. Have you ever heard about direct-to-garment printing? It’s a fantastic new way of getting your best photo out of your scrapbook and onto your quilt block.
Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is a kind of digital printing. Having a value of about $20,000, it’s not practical to work out and get your own personal DTG printer. The typical price for latte printer is $8 to $10.
This procedure is a little more pricey in comparison to the traditional photo transfer method. That’s partially because the technology is so new. If you do opt to consider using a DTG photo on the memory quilt block, there are several factors to consider in selecting the printer who will perform the work for you:
1. Ensure you will find no chemicals necessary to pre-treat your fabric first. Some DTG printers create an image that may be a lot more like screen printing. You don’t want that look or feel on your quilt. The ink will probably be hard on the top of the fabric and may eventually (sometimes much sooner than later) will start to crack and wear with washings. Ask your prospective printer to see a sample of something they’ve printed. When you can feel the ink is raised on top of the surface by any means at all, it’s probably a sublimation type process which requires chemicals to pre-treat the material.
2. Use a kind of digital DTG printing made available from the Brother GT 541. You will find no chemicals needed to pre-treat the material. The inks bond with the natural fibers and therefore are heat cured setting the picture. The inks are water based, that helps leave a soft yet crisp image on your fabric.
There are many downfalls to using a4 uv printer on your quilt blocks. One pitfall is color limitations. Since DTG printing is a form an electronic digital printing, there is not any white ink. White is the absence of color. Consequently you can not print a picture on navy blue or black fabric.
Digital garment or fabric printing is actually a CMYK format – cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. You may mix those colors to get a full spectrum of accurate colors – not white. There are DTG printers that print white ink, but most of the require chemical pre-management of the fabric and can give you that thick surface print.
You need to work with a light colored or neutral fabric and it needs to be cotton or possibly a cotton blend. The material must have the ability to withstand 350 degrees for approximately 30 seconds. When you are not 09dexypky with one hundred percent cotton or possibly a 50/50 blend, ask your printer if the fabric will continue to work.
Scale of your print could be a limitation. Most DTG printers have got a printing field approximately 14 inches x 16 inches. For many quilters, that size range won’t be considered a problem.
And talking about printing fields, here’s a hint. Most direct to t-shirt printer charge for a 14×16 surface. Should your blocks will permit 2 or 3 photos to put within that range, you can get them printed for the cost of one. Check with the printer to see if it’s possible with the particular project.
Like other technological advances, the buying price of digital garment (or fabric) printing will likely decrease after a while. Maybe it is going to be also available on smaller printers for home and personal use. For the time being, see if you can locate a DTG printer for your forthcoming photo quilt project. The outcomes will look like custom fabric, which is a great touch for the original quilt!