Posted 2012-12-02 2:27 PM (#84091) Subject: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
My computer died today. I am looking to find a printer that is capable of customize printing up to 33 or 44 lengths of paper. Some of you have mentioned printers that have this capability previously, but I am not able to find those models. No one at the stores seem to be able to tell me whether their models can do this. What function or capability do I have to see the printer has to be able to print a continuous sheet of paper in these lengths? Also, does it mater how the paper is to feed?
Ps have any of you bought that type of printer recently/
Posted 2012-12-02 3:53 PM (#84095 - in reply to #84094) Subject: RE: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
I think someone on here had to get the printer model numbers and call the tech support at the printer manufacturer and was able to find out the information from them. It is a paint o have to shop and then call with the #s but shop online and then call them with the questions you have.
Posted 2012-12-02 4:23 PM (#84097 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
My Epson printer will customize paper sizes up to 44 inches in length. If you go to the Epson website, then you can find it under specifications. Epson was the only brand that I could find that would do it. The quality isn't nearly as good as my canon printer, but I don't mind since this is such a big time saver with PMB patterns.
Try to pick one that feeds from the back because sometimes the paper doesn't feed as well when it's folded. If they don't still have a model like that then get the side feeding kind.
You have to separate the paper into the right size sections. I have custom sizes that I programmed for 22, 33, and 44.
I'll do a little research on the Epson site and post again in a few minutes.
Posted 2012-12-02 10:45 PM (#84103 - in reply to #84102) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Tessa, I am going to use old dot matrix paper and tear off the edges and use 4 sheets. Is this the answer to your question?
I just ordered the printer on line tonight from Staples for 69.00 (free shipping).. It is supposed to come in 2 days (we'll see).
Posted 2012-12-08 12:06 PM (#84140 - in reply to #84098) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Jill, I purchashed the printer you suggested in your post. I am trying to set up the printer to print my 3 or 4 pages .I go in under custom design and change to my length . In PMB I choose print by page and hilight 3 pages The printer prints 3 pages but only has a part of the pattern on one page. Is there a step by step procedure I should be following to get it to print on all 3 pages that I have selected? Barb
Posted 2012-12-08 12:23 PM (#84141 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Not sure about your printer, but I have used banner. I select the desired length and width. The pattern on screen should then be shown in pages the size you select. I found it easier with banner to select one banner page at a time since I had to manual feed.
Posted 2015-12-27 12:37 PM (#90758 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
I posted that last response 3 years ago.
Has anyone had good luck with a printer that will print longer lengths using fanfold or banner paper?
If so, then please post the make and model numbers here.
My Epson WF-3520 will print up to 44 inches in length, but the paper shifts as it prints, so I'm not happy with this machine. Don't waste your money on that one!
I purchased a Brother MFC-J4420DW at Office Depot yesterday for $99. It won't print the longer lengths (22,33,44), but it will print ledger size paper which is 11 x 17. I printed a pattern last night, and all of the registration marks were intact on all 4 corners of each page, so that's good. You can only put one page in the manual feeder at a time, so that takes a little more time. I don't know that printing each 11 x 17 page individually is saving me time compared to printing 8 1/2 x 11 all at the same time and then taping them together. I'm not fond of taping, so I'll keep this printer unless someone can recommend a better one.
Posted 2015-12-27 1:31 PM (#90759 - in reply to #90758) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Location: Portland, OR
It seems paper expense is a problem with larger paper....so I compromised and got a laser printer (B&W only, low cost per page) and use legal paper (buy bulk at Costco) and then use glue instead of tape (Tombo Mono Aqua that comes with fine tip dispenser). I can put patterns together quickly and efficiently. I find it very tedious to use PDF's downloaded that only allow 8 1/2x 11" paper. I'm spoiled by Wild Ginger legal sized paper patterns.
Posted 2015-12-27 1:51 PM (#90761 - in reply to #90760) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Location: Portland, OR
It's a Brother HL-5140....probably not made anymore...I like Brother...decent quality and I think less expensive. I also have a Brother inkjet-- MFC 240C and Brother sewing machine and serger. I print legal size on the laser and letter size on the inkjet. I have choices!
Call me a fan!
Posted 2015-12-27 3:24 PM (#90763 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
I'm a fan of their products too. I had a Brother sewing machine with an embroidery attachment that I loved. That machine had more bells and whistles than many high priced machines, and it sewed like a dream. I got a new machine only because that one was too small.
Posted 2015-12-27 6:34 PM (#90764 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
I've used HPs wide format printers (up to 13x19) for many years and love them. They sell online and most stores for about $130. Paper is a little more expensive, but it has come way down over the years. Search for either 13x19 or wide format paper.
Posted 2015-12-29 9:25 AM (#90766 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
I couldn't find an HP wide format printer in the $130 price range at this time. But, they go on sale quite often, so I'm probably just looking at the wrong time.
Patti and Sue - Do your printers accept 13 x19 paper in the cassette tray, or do you have to feed them one at a time manually from the rear? Please post the model numbers.
FYI, if anyone else is interested...
I found an Epson wide format printer (WF-7610) that prints up to 13 x 19, and it will allow user defined lengths up 47". It's $150 at Office Depot and Amazon, so not a bad price at all. Unfortunately it's too big for my table. The machine measures 20" front to back, 23" wide and 13" H. I was unable to determine if it would accept 13 x 19 paper in the cassette tray.
I also found a Brother machine (MFCJ5620) which will accept up to 5 sheets of 11 x 17 paper in the cassette tray. It measures 13.6 deep, 19.3 wide, and 9.4 high. I don't believe that it will allow longer lengths in the user defined settings for fanfold paper. It's $115 at Amazon right now.
Posted 2015-12-29 3:08 PM (#90769 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Location: Evansville, Indiana
No, I buy the tabloid size at Staples for around $20. or less for a ream I think. The 500 sheets ream lasts a long time for patterns as you use fewer sheets. It is more expensive than the smaller paper.
Posted 2016-01-01 5:43 AM (#90775 - in reply to #84091) Subject: RE: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Thanks for the suggestions..I am also in printing business where we made custom and mesh banners Sometimes customers orders large number of banners that too in very less time.. So I guess with the suggestions provided by you..I will be able to do that..
Posted 2016-01-02 6:27 AM (#90781 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Location: Evansville, Indiana
I have also found that if I make a pattern change after printing, I can just mark the printed side with a pencil, turn the paper over and print on the other side; saves expensive paper. Another tip, print those smaller pattern pieces separately on letter sized paper.
Posted 2016-01-02 2:55 PM (#90789 - in reply to #90781) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
My printer of choice is an Epson LQ 2090, a dot matrix, tractor feed, wide carriage impact printer. I buy a box of thin, single ply perforated computer paper (11 X 14" continuous sheets) at a time. It will print a maximum of 22" long (so 22 X 14 " sections). I haven't been able to get the printer to continue printing the pattern over the perforations so I end up with about 1/2" of horizontal gap if the pattern piece is longer than 22". I simply fold out and tape over the 'pleat'. As long as a pattern piece is under 13-14" wide, I have no piecing to do. The vast majority of my pattern pieces are single piece, just like coming out of a commercial pattern envelope. If any piecing is required, it's minimal. Since it uses a printer tape, it only prints black and white but I suspect most others print only B&W also, regardless of printer type/model. It is heavy and has a large footprint. It sits in a stand on the floor in the well of a wall unit (a foot or two above it sits a large, desk-like shelf that my iron press rests on) so it is out of my way. In my experience trying out banner printing on inkjet printers (which I also have) the only surefire way to keep long runs of paper from getting out of alignment is to use a tractor feed mechanism. It's not an inexpensive printer but it is a workhorse. I lost its predecessor (LQ 1500) in a house fire back in 2008 and replaced it with the then current model, which was ok with me, especially since the newer model had the option of USB connection in addition to a parallel cable (LQ 1500 was parallel only). If I just need a small pattern piece for whatever reason, I'll use the inkjet (8 1/2 X 11").
Posted 2016-01-07 10:46 AM (#90829 - in reply to #90789) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
I have an Okidata 24 pin dotmatrix printer from about mid 80's. It always printed a continuous length of pattern starting when I had Dress Shop and continued to do so with Pattern Master until I got windows 7. Then I could just print the length of the page. It will print to 17" but the pattern still cuts off at it's notches, so it is easiest to tear at the perforation and tape from there. What i would like to know is if one can print longer sheets, is there anyway to get the pattern to print that long? It will print over the perforation if I chose 17" but then it ends and I would have to cut the remainder of the paper off, so nothing is solved there. Is there some way to have it print the length of whatever pattern one is printing without any divisions. Lisa told me once it was a Microsoft problem, the printer company says it is the Pattern Master program. I expect nothing can be done, but still hope somone has an idea. How does it print on banner paper in 44inch strips? JoAnn
Posted 2016-01-07 11:38 AM (#90831 - in reply to #84091) Subject: Re: printers with custom capabilities or banner printing
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
I had in the past a dot matrix wide carriage. I was able to custom set the lengths. The ability to do this is your printer driver, not the program. I think the longest I could set was 44 inches. It's been a while. Try going into your custom or advance settings to see what options are there.