|The next day, I turned the printer on and did
a preliminary nozzle check. Not perfect, but much better than anything
I'd seen the day before. I did a few more head cleanings and printed
some transfers, in my attempts to achieve the "perfect" nozzle
pattern. I got very close; there were only a couple of missing segments
to the pattern, but that wasn't good enough for me. I again, let the
printer sit overnight.
The next day, discouraged, but not defeated, I began another attempt
to get a reliable ink flow. I did a couple of head cleanings, printed a
small transfer and then did another nozzle check. At this point, I
wasn't expecting much, though I remained hopeful. My patience and
perseverance paid off. I had a "perfect" nozzle pattern.
Now, I was ready to do some serious testing. I had a job consisting
of 35 individual photos, which would be printed to 100% polyester
material, and later incorporated in the making of a quilt. The image
area of the photos was 4.25" x 4.25," which were placed two
per sheet, on 8.5 x 11 transfer paper. I began printing the 18 sheets of
transfers, and was delighted to see absolutely no signs of banding or
ink starvation. Absolutely smooth sailing; until my heart suddenly sank.
Because of the numerous head cleanings and unsatisfactory transfers I
had used in trying to get a good ink flow, the "low ink"
warning light for the black ink cartridge began to blink. The cause of
my short-lived panic, was until the installation of the Jetblaster bulk
system, I had been using cartridges in the printer, and had become
accustomed to hanging on every print, in anticipation of the inevitable
blinking of the low ink light.
When I realized I had a substantial volume of ink available to the
printer, in the form of the bulk ink system, and I could easily monitor
the consumption of ink, by a glance at the ink bottles, a smile, and an
indescribable sense of power came over me. Free at last! Free of the
anxiety caused by not knowing when I would run out of ink, and the
knowledge that I would be forced to buy expensive and inefficient
cartridges, in order to continue my work.
To reset the "low ink" light, I went through the steps I
would normally take in replacing a set of cartridges. Instead of
removing the cartridges, I momentarily unplugged the printer, and then
plugged it in again. The "low ink" light was off, and I
resumed the successful printing of my transfers.
I printed a number of other transfers with no problems. I let the
printer sit idle for four days, which I thought may have made necessary
another round of head cleanings in achieving the elusive
"perfect" nozzle pattern. I was relieved and very pleased, to
find upon starting the printer and waiting for it to initialize, that no
subsequent head cleanings were necessary in getting another
"perfect" nozzle pattern.
Out of habit, I will always check the nozzle pattern before printing
transfers, but from my admittedly short relationship with the Jetblaster
bulk ink system for the Epson 1520 printer, my personal experience tells
me that once the system is functioning properly, there seems to be no