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Testing infusible ink on a 100% cotton washcloth

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With infusible ink, you want to use white or light-coloured surfaces. You also need to make sure that your surface is 100% polyester or a polyester-spandex mix. But what actually happens if you use infusible ink on a cotton surface?

In this article, I will show you exactly what happens when infusible ink is used on a 100% cotton washcloth.

I preheated my Easypress 2 to 390°F and pressed the washcloth for 5 seconds. I placed the transfer sheet down, ink side facing down. I placed the parchment paper on top and pressed it lightly for 60 seconds. 

I repeated this twice, one small design on the back and a design on the front. The ink appeared to be good so far, but the real test is the machine wash.

I let the washcloth sit overnight to ensure that the ink settled. I washed the towel in a normal wash on cold with other towels. After the wash was done, I took a look at the towel and both designs had basically washed out.

I think I'll be sticking to machine embroidery for my cotton towels!

Recommended read: How to embroider towels

In summary, the design was beautiful after it was first transferred, but didn't actually bond with the towel. When the towel was washed, the design basically washed out.

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