The Vintage Workshop

Inkjet Printable Fabrics


1. The fabric and the backing paper must be tight and flat together. Use a hot iron on the paper side to reseal the paper and fabric together if the paper and fabric become separated.

2. Before you load any fabric sheets into your printer be sure to trim off loose threads.Do not pull!

3. Do not force a fabric sheet into the printer. Place the sheet flush against the paper guide and square with the entry roller.

4. Feed fabric sheets one at a time. (If you are using an HP printer, the fabric side goes down with the “paper” side up in the feed tray.)

5. Humidity and storage conditions of The Vintage Workshop® Fabrics will affect performance. Store flat in low humidity conditions. Other conditions affecting performance are the age of your printer and the condition of the pickup and drive rollers inside the printer.

6. Select “Print.” Select “Properties.” In the pull down box next to “Type,” select “Plain Paper” setting.

7. We recommend printing your image on computer paper first to test ink coverage, image clarity, size and placement.

8. Check the printer utility for “cleaning” instructions if the output quality appears to have changed OR if you can see banding or white lines through the image.

9. Let dry 12 hours, then remove paper backing.

10. Gently and carefully peel the backing away from the top of the sheet working your way down to the bottom. (Do not pull corner to corner, as this will distort the image and stretch the fabric.)

11. A 30-second rinse will remove all the extra dye and extra inkjet treatment. Do not wring or twist the fabric to remove the excess water. Gently squeeze and roll in a towel, then hang or lay flat to dry.

12. Just like any ready-made garment, hand washing or dry cleaning is recommended. Treat the finished fabric with the same care as your best garment, and give careful instructions to the user if the garment is being sold or is a gift.

13. Fabric(s) and papers will leave dust and lint in your printer. Using a can of compressed air to “blow” debris out of the printer mechanisms is a good preventative maintenance and will help to keep your printer clean.

ATTENTION: Your local conditions can cause curling. To correct for this, first iron the paper side with a hot, dry iron. If necessary, heat the paper again. While hot, remove the paper from the fabric. Lay the paper back onto the fabric and re-heat with moderate pressure. Trim all loose threads from the edges, and brush off all threads and fuzz before putting into your printer.


Q: How is the product sold?
A: We sell chemically treated goods in sheets. Small quantities or bulk sheets may be purchased. We recommend paper backing for thinner fabrics and all fabrics that will be used in a desktop printer. The paper facilitates loading the media into your inkjet printer and is removed from the fabric after printing.

Q: What makes this product different from all the other fabrics available on the market?
A: With this product, you can use Thermal or Piezo inkjet printers. The performance is outstanding with dye or pigment inks. The image is permanent on the final printed textile. There is no need for steaming or other post-processing! This results in amazing reproduction quality and has quickly become the standard product used by artists.

Q: How do I care for the fabrics?
A: Test the inks you are using so you know your limits and how it reacts to light and water! The level of color fastness will depend on which fabric you are using, the brand and age of your ink set, the amount of ink lay down, the time from the first printing to the first wash, the method of washing, the pH of the soap used, the length of the soak, the minerals in the local water supply, the temperature of the water, the rpm’s of the washer’s agitation, and other factors—all of which may affect the products.

Q: Should I rinse it even if it is a dry-clean only fabric?
A: Yes. A 30-second rinse will remove all the extra dye and extra inkjet treatment. Do not wring or twist the fabric to remove the excess water. Gently squeeze and roll in a towel, pat the towel to absorb the water, then hang or lay flat to dry.

Q: Can I put “Scotch Guard” on the printed image? How about starch or sizing?
A: Yes, but first rinse the fabric for 30 seconds, blot the excess water with a towel, and let dry. This 30-second rinse is also recommended if you are going to wear the item.

Q: How safe is the inkjet treatment that is on The Vintage Workshop® Fabrics?
A: Very safe! There are no toxic chemicals used in our patent pending chemical pre-treatment.

Q: How lightfast is the fabric?
A: That entirely depends on the lightfast quality of the inkjet inks that you are using. Most inks fade significantly when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

Q: Is this media stored or handled any different from other media?
A: The Vintage Workshop® Fabric should be stored flat, in a bag or between 2 pieces of cardboard. The fabric can be touched without fear of fingerprints or fear of removing the chemical. Make sure your hands are clean, free of lotions and are dry prior to touching the fabric. Small threads should be clipped, not pulled; threads may also be lying on the fabric. If you see one on the fabric, pick it up before the fabric goes through the printer. The fabric can be removed from the printer as soon as it is finished, there is little to no dry time required.

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Do not use this product in color laser printers. The Vintage Workshop™ Fabrics are designed for use in all inkjet printers (Thermal inkjet or Piezo inkjet).This product, if defective in materials and workmanship, will be replaced. Send the product warranty along with proof of purchase to

The Vintage Workshop

P.O. Box 30237

KC, MO 64112.

Replacement is the sole obligation under this warranty. This warranty expressly excludes incidental and consequential damage, including, but not limited to the printer and or the print heads. Under no circumstances does The Vintage Workshop® assume any responsibility for the inkjet color printer, Thermal or Piezo print heads in the printer or the inks.




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