Step by Step Directions
for processing V V Prints pretreated fabric sheets
Once your fabric sheet is dry you are ready to sew, tea stain, paint, embellish, etc.
- Insert, place or import your image in the software application of your choice. Adjust the size and change
colors if desired.
- Print first on plain paper to ensure it is within the printer margins and has enough seam allowance. When you are happy with
the image colors and placement on plain paper, you are ready to print on the fabric sheet.
- After clipping any loose threads and ensuring your fabric sheet is flat (if it isn't, roll the fabric sheet the other way or iron
the leading edge flat so it will go under your printer feed rollers) insert it in the manual feed tray.
For most front-loading inkjet printers (HP), you will insert the sheet with the fabric side facing down. Most back-loading inkjet printers (Epson)
will be face up. If you are not sure which yours is, mark a test sheet and run it through.
- Print the fabric sheet by selecting File from the software application's toolbar and then Print. Click the properties button. Select
"Plain" for the paper type. If there is a choice for paper thickness, select "Thick" or "Heavy". For the print quality,
select "Best". Start with these general settings and experiment until you find the ones that work best with
your inkjet printer. Click OK to accept the settings and then OK again to start printing.
- Allow the ink to dry completely, at least 60 minutes (for light ink coverage), normally longer for heavier ink coverage. For best results (washablity)
we recommend letting your fabric sheets dry overnight before doing the following steps.
- Use your fingernail or a pin to separate the fabric from the paper or if you're having difficulty, tear the corner of the paper (only the
paper will tear, not the fabric) to get a corner of the fabric to pull the fabric from the paper.
- For silk sheets we recommend removing the paper in a circular motion (working around the corners and turning the fabric sheet as you remove the paper).
This keeps the fabric from stretching as you remove the paper. The silk tends to cling to the paper harder than other fabrics (making it a little harder to remove).
If your fabric does stretch, you can use an iron to smooth it back into shape later.
- For the dip step (required if you intend to wash the fabric sheets later), make a mixture of room temperature tap water with Snuggles (recommended) or
All liquid fabric softener (with no perfume or special additives). Use 1 tsp fabric softener per cup of water. I like to use a rectangular glass cake pan for 8.5 x 11 sheets.
Finger-stir the mixture and you will see the water go slightly cloudy.
- Place the fabric in face-down and flat. Place it in all at once. If it floats, push it down gently with your fingers till submerged. Count to 15 and lift the
fabric out of the solution within 15 seconds. Swish the fabric sheet a tiny bit when removing it to push any excess dye floating in the water away
from the fabric. Do not let the fabric fold back on itself until it is dry.
- Lay your fabric sheet on an old towel on a flat, clean surface to air dry. If you are in a hurry you may carefully blow dry or iron it.
(this is not necessary as there is no heat setting required, just if you are in a hurry). If you have limited space you can put paper towels inbetween your fabric sheets
and layer them for drying. They will take a little longer to dry this way, but I've done it while processing a lot of fabric sheets.
If you are looking for a different type of fabric, 11 x 17 sheets, or a custom size, please email us with your request.
For large quantity orders, please contact us for special pricing.
If you don't have a computer/printer or if you just don't want to print the fabric sheets yourself,
we do offer preprinted fabric sheets..
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