First of all, I use fabric transfers for mixed media projects that won't be washed. Durability is important but they will not be used in a quilt or another work that will be washed. I do use fabric transfers in books and wall art ...just to name a couple.
My inkjet printer is an HP Photosmart 564XL. This is a new printer for me. I had a perfectly fine Lexmark that I loved but it no longer prints due to something being dropped into the printer. The only way to fix it was to replace it so I'm still getting acquainted with the HP. It seems like a good choice so far. The printer settings were as follows: General Everyday Printing - Plain Paper - Best Print Quality.
The image I used to compare all methods was a vintage cook book cover available from Altered Pages on collage sheet #1006D. All images used today are offered by Altered Pages.
All transfers were printed or ironed onto a light to medium weight muslin. Be sure and iron the muslin before beginning. Wrinkles make it very difficult to get a good transfer and when using the homemade inkjet method, they will jam your printer.
The first transfer was made using Avery's T-Shirt Transfer Paper #3275. This paper is for light colored fabrics and it transferred very well. Directions for this method are easy and straightforward. Simply print your digital images onto a sheet of transfer paper and iron the images onto your fabric. Be sure and print the images as mirror images. I'll definitely use this product for future transfers.
|TAP - Transfer Artist Paper|
|Homemade Ink-Jet Fabric|
|Muslin ready to print on|
|Another example of homemade inkjet paper|