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A Fantastic Inklingo Printer

As some of you know, I fried my color inkjet printer earlier this fall.  Evidently it didn’t like printing dozens of full-color pattern covers on a daily basis.  So I outsourced pattern cover printing, but I still needed a way to print my Inklingo shapes on fabric.  Finding a new printer was not easy.  Most reviews on the web talk about speed, resolution, workload, and how nice the printer looks if you keep it in your living room.  (Seriously.  I read several reviews entirely centered on printer appearance.)

However, I needed answers to questions like, “Does the printer print custom size pages?” “Does it have an auto sheet feeder?” “If yes, how many pages will the auto sheet feeder hold?”  “Does the ink wash out nicely?”  (LOL!  Ask that to an annoying salesperson.  They really will leave you alone afterwards.)

We looked at lots of Hewlett Packards, but eventually ruled them out because the ink was not signifcantly cheaper than other printers, and they had such an overabundance of bad reviews.  We looked at Brother printers pretty seriously.  I have one for black and white laser printing, and it’s awesome.  However, the ones that had an auto sheet feeder (critical for printing on fabric ironed to freezer paper, you don’t want to run those through the cassette) only printed one page at a time, and you had to manually feed each one.  For the thousands of hexagons I envision printing, this was just not going to work.

We finally settled on the Cannon MX892. It’s not the cheapest printer available, but I am thrilled with it.  Unlike older models, this one features a page guide that compresses from both sides to hold your custom sheet securely.  And it prints a dozen fabric and freezer paper sheets at a time like it was printing plain paper.  And finally (this is trivial, I know, but it makes me happy!) the custom size options are easy to access in the printer dialog box.  No more clicking through three screens to change the page size.

On the downside, the ink does not wash out as easily as other brands, or so I’ve heard.  For me, this was an acceptable trade-off.  I tend to print light colors, and have only once experienced difficulty getting the ink out of a finished quilt.  (Word to the wise, don’t print Inklingo color 50 on inexpensive yellow JoAnn’s fabric.  But you probably already knew that!)

Overall, I highly recommend this as an Inklingo printer.  I’ve been printing rainbow flowers and half-inch hexagons non-stop, and the printer hasn’t jammed even once.  Yes, I did say half-inch hexagons.  Want to see?

These are amazingly fun to stitch.  They’re so small, you can finish a side in no time. If you want something a little bigger, Linda just released a new Inklingo collection of 5/8 inch hexagons that are also really cute.  But for now, I’m enjoying these tiny hexies.  Yes, I’m insane.  But you probably already knew that. . .

Happy Stitching!

9 comments

  1. Cathi says:

    I’m really curious to hear how long the ink cartridges last – how many sheets of fabric you can print shapes on before you have to change them. When my current HP has had it, I know I’ll be looking at Brother and Canon. I look at the price of replacing the ink cartridges and how long the ink lasts as part of the equation when deciding on a new printer.

    • Emily says:

      I’m curious about this too. I’m going to keep a record of pages printed (need to backtrack on that already!) Maybe I should measure in quilts instead of pages. . .

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Awesome review! And, yes you are insane enough to be doing an entire project of half-inch hexies. However, it is going to be a fantastic project!!! Love it! Now, to get enough big things off my plate to justify more Inklingo fun…..

  3. Karen says:

    thanks for the review, I will look at this when I need a new printer. I don’t think your nuts about the 1/2 inch hexies – people think I’m nuts because I made two dear jane quilts by hand and a postage stamp quilt with 1 1/2 inch pieces

  4. Janice Masson says:

    When you print your fabric on the freezer paper, do you load those sheets in the rear paper feeder so the fabric comes straight through to the front of the copier or is it placed in the top feeder?

    I have an HP currently. When I try to print the fabric comes from the paper cassette and makes a 180 degree turn to print. This leaves black ink on the top of the prepared sheet and all over myself. Thanks.

    • Emily says:

      Hi Janice,

      When i print I load into the rear feeder so the fabric doesn’t have to make the 180 degree turn. I have never had luck with the cassette and fabric printing. HTH! 🙂

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