Frequently Asked Questions
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Pabric Product Information
Pabric is premium fabric (sheets and rolls) for inkjet color printing. Its bright, vibrant and high-saturated color presentation surpasses other printable fabrics and brings printing on fabric close to printing on paper.
Pabric aims to maximize users’ creativity in digital printing. From commercial printing to illustration, painting, and calligraphy art reproduction, Pabric brings the best image results to your projects.
Pabric is manufactured in Taiwan with ISO-9001 and ISO-14001 quality & environmental management standards. Currently, Pabric is exclusively imported and marketed by iPlow Group in the U.S.A. The product, its manufacturing process, and the trademark are patented and protected.
Pabric was invented in 2003 and the material has been used for commercial large-format inkjet printing and home/gift commercial products for years before it was introduced to the United States.
Pabric is 99% made of Polyester. The fabric is coated for inkjet printing purpose. Through its patented manufacturing process, the fabric can be constructed in different thickness, weight and density for various art, craft and commercial product applications.
Currently, there are three fabric lines available in the United States, Pabric Soft, Art and Sticker.
Pabric Soft - Soft and pliable for your sewing projects.
Pabric Art - Light fabric cardstock for your fabric/paper creations.
Pabric Sticker - (Medium-tack) fabric sticker for your art and craft projects.
Most print-on fabric sheets in the market are made of (Pima) cotton. Due to the natural constraint of the natural fiber, the printing output of cotton is not as good as on Pabric.
Besides the superior printing quality, Pabric has the smooth paper-like printing surface. Other characteristics such as crease-free, dust-free, heat-resistant and water-resistant all increase the possibilities in applying Pabric on diverse craft projects and commercial products.
Printing on Pabric
Select digital image higher than 150 dpi for quality printing. Images with resolution higher than 300 dpi are desired for detailed and high quality printing. To reproduce original art, we recommend scan and print with resolution higher than 300 dpi. The fabric can print at 600 dpi.
Pabric has the best presentation in red (Magenta). Color adjustment can be done by color management software (ICC Profile created for large format printers) or design software for a desirable color presentation. The printing result will be slightly different on Pabric Soft, Art and Sticker due to the variant fabric density.
Pabric is only for INKJET printers. Please Do Not use Pabric on laser printers. It might damage your machines.
Desktop inkjet printers, wide-format, and professional large-format inkjet printers with dye or pigment inks generally work together with Pabric pretty well.
Specially created ICC Profile for color management on Pabric is recommend for wide-format or large-format printing with color management capability. The ICC profile is currently not provided by Pabric.
Our letter-size sheets are compatible with most inkjet desktop printers.
Use our 16" roll sample for your large-format printer. For the larger rolls in 16" ~ 54" width, they are used on the large-format printer. As long as your large-format printer uses pigment or dye base inks, Pabric can be used on the machine.
Dye, pigment or ultra chrome inks will work with Pabric.
The printing process is easy. You just feed in the Pabric sheet as normal paper and you can print your photos right onto the Pabric.
The paper-like and faced-up side is the printing side. If you pay attention to the texture of the fabric, the smoother side, which is more like paper texture, is the side that you print on. The image should come out solid and not easily rubbed off. If your image is light and rubbed-off easily with your fingertip then it has been printed on the wrong side.
You may use image editors such as Adobe Photoshop to create a mirror (reverse) image and then print it onto the fabric. Any photo editors and graphic design software that allows you to print images to your printers will work.
Pabric Project Help
Pabric Soft, Art and Sticker are created with different application purposes in mind. Pabric Soft is for sewing and stitching. Pabric Art is light fabric cardstock, best for design printing and paper/fabric creations. Pabric Sticker is fabric with the peel-off adhesive layer. The adhesive creates firm and repositional binding on different surfaces.
The best way to know which type of Pabric is right for your project is to actually try the fabric. Or, please visit our Gallery or Designer & Artist Corner to get more ideas about possible projects you can do with different product lines of Pabric.
The adhesive is medium tack binding. The adhesive layer is clear with clear film backing. Pabric Sticker is basically Pabric Art and one layer of adhesive backing.
If you feel that the adhesive on Pabric Sticker may not be strong enough, you can purchase Pabric Creative and use super glue.
Our fabric is sew-on fabric not iron-on. So you put the fabric sheet in the printer just like regular paper, and print your digital pictures on the fabric. You can then sew the fabric with picture together with other fabric.
Pabric can be fusible webbed with medium heat. You probably need to test for the appropriate heat though.
If you pre-wash or will wash your quilts, Pabric won't be the right material. It is more used on postcard quilts or quilts for decoration purposes because the fabric is dust and water-resistant.
A couple of repositions will smooth out the wrinkles. Try to wrap the sticker around without putting too much pressure on the fabric to the candle body first. Wait until you make sure the sticker is positioned well and then press the sticker on the candle.
Another alternative is to use Pabric Art without the adhesive backing instead of Pabric Sticker to print and make the candle image. Without the adhesive, Pabric Art can be easily positioned and you can use strong double-sided tape to close at the seam. Some of our customers do prefer this method.
Our fabric can also be written on easily. So get your marker or oil-based paint and write your words directly on the fabric to give some personal touch to your project.
Caring for Pabric
Although it is not washable, Pabric is dry cleanable and damp cloth cleanable. Do not pre-wash or wash the fabric.
Yes, but please make sure you use a liner between Pabric and the iron.
Pabric is more for indoor use. Direct sunlight won't be appropriate for Pabric. If you are applying Pabric for indoors, use it away from direct light.
Even though the types of ink you use will influence the durability of the print on Pabric, Pabric itself is moisture and water-resistant.
We don't really advise customers to use Scotch Guard. If you do need the Scotch Guard, the tape type should be ok.
We are not very sure about the spray type of Scotch Guard since there might be some chemical influence on the fabric and ink.
All of the inkjet printable fabric is not safe for babies, including Pabric. They are basically coated fabric, which contains chemical solutions.
Ordering Pabric and Samples
You can buy our products in the following online stores.
If you are an artist/designer AND sell any art/design/craft related items, online or in stores, you can register a Pabric Artist account, which gets you up to 25% off for your future orders. For more detail, please check the program page.
Due to the quantity requests, we are not able to send free samples anymore.
You can purchase our sample packet online here.
We are the only seller in the North America. For special sizes other than letter, we usually have to put through a special order to the manufacture.
We ship through USPS, UPS & Fedex. Plus the handling time, you will receive the order within a week via the standard shipping option. The two-day and next-day shipping options are also available with an additional shipping fee. We don't have a storefront in the area and the products will be shipped directly from our warehouse.
We provide 3 flat-rate shipping options:
|Delivery Time||Regular Price||Discounted Price*|
|Standard||1-day processing + 3~5 business days||$6||FREE|
|Two-day||1-day processing + 2 business days||$10||$4|
|Next-day||1-day processing + 1 business day||$18||$12|
*Discounted shipping prices are provided for order $49.50 or more.
To place international orders, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-453-6931.