Friday, January 27, 2017

Printer recommendations

Welcome! Almost any printer will work for this class. If you're buying a new one, please read manual and become familiar with it before class. 
Do you know how to print 4x6? If not we can work with that.
See if you can adjust thickness to envelope setting. 
Will you use your computer for printing? 
Do not depend on wireless- bring your connecting cord!

A few folks have asked me what I recommend for printers for my workshop- Digital Explorations in Fiber and Mixed Media. In a pinch, I'd go for the all-in-one workforce series. They update continually so I don't have the latest model number. They're not too heavy or expensive.
Having your own printer will enable you to print at you own speed. After all if you were taking a quilting class, would you not bring your sewing machine?
Epson's Dura-Brite or Ultra-Chrome inks are terrific for alternative printing. But we can work with other brands.
For example-
Epson Expression Home XP-330 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier- here
Epson Expression Home XP-430 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier

There are also small portable printers available too. I purchased mine 'used' from Ebay.
For example, Canon Pixma ip110- here
Epson has just come out with a new portable printer-  slightly pricier...   here
Someone has asked what I have personally. I have 2 Epson Photo Stylus- a 2400 and a 3880.
I got the 2400 at least 10 years ago and they probably have updated the model several times by now.
The 3880 is my newest and I have a all in one workforce 410 that I use for every day. 
The 3880 prints 17 wide, 2400 prints 13" wide and the workforce prints letter size.
Recently, for teaching, I purchased a mobile Epson printer Workforce-100 (pictured above). I love it! 
I used to have a 24" printer but found I don't print large enough to use it on a regular basis. They will dry out if not used or turned on from time to time. And my work has changed.
I'm quite happy with all my printers!

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