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. . .