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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Epson LabelWorks Iron-on Kit Review and Giveaway

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My wife is big into labeling things. We have what seems like a ton of plastic bins in the basement, all with printed labels from our Brother P-Touch Labeler. Our file cabinets are full of properly labeled file folders, too. Okay, we're a little bit behind, but most are labeled. When I saw the LabelWorks Iron-on Kit from Epson, I just had to give it a try. Thankfully, the folks at Epson were kind enough to provide me a review unit. And, a second one for the giveaway here, as part of the Summer Splash Blog Hop below.
Epson LW-300 Iron-on Kit Giveaway and Review exp May 28th #SummerSplash
The LabelWorks Label Printer is exactly what the name says it is. It is a label printer. You can print to standard 6 mm, 9 mm, or 12 mm tape, clear tape, metallic tape, or even glow-in-the-dark tape. The unit comes with 14 fonts built in (Sans Serif, Sans Serif HG, Sans Serif ST, Gothic, Bold Gothic, Roman, US Roman, CL Roman, Mincho, Gyosho, Reisho, BR, CB, Script PL), 10 styles, 5 sizes, and 2 widths. It offers 300+ symbols and can print labels up to 80 characters long. It supports 7 languages (English, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, German), can print vertically or mirror, and the LW-300 can even store 30 label definitions, while the LW-400 can store 50.


What drove me to try out this printer though wasn't the basics. It was the special Iron-on Kit that Epson offers. While the basic LW-300 model lists for $39.99, for an extra $30.00 (or $69.99) you get two tapes which make iron-on labels, and a special carrying case. Combined, the two cartridges can print upwards of 150 labels.

With summer camp around the corner, the iron-on kit seemed like the perfect way to prep our son's clothes to not get lost, or at least when lost to find their way home more easily.

For the basics, using the labeler is no different than any other one. Type in the text and press the print button. Cut with built in scissors when done. For my first label, the unit jammed. Oops. After clearing that up, everything went smoothly, provided I spelled the name/word right. 

The one and only thing I used the User's Guide for to print a label was to see the full set of symbols available. It was clear how to pick them, but without seeing the 300+ symbols at once, it was hard to decide which to use on my labels. These are broken down into over twenty categories, from which you then pick which symbol or symbols to add to label to make them more your own: Measurement, Metric, Abbreviation, Punctuation, Parentheses, Math, Currency, Double Figure, Greek, Office, Safety, Facility, Prohibition, Household, Food, Sports, Activity, Occasion, Shipping, Electrical, Animals, Zodiac, and Emoticons.
Epson LabelWorks Iron-On Samples

Once printing was done, it was time to iron on the label. After melting the first label ironing it on, I thought it best to read the instruction manual for a second time. I had the heat setting a little too high. The iron-on process was easy. The key thing besides the heat setting was to make sure you anchor one side down before ironing the whole label down. After anchoring one end, then just press firmly down on the entire label, holding the iron still, for about 10-15 seconds. This will ensure the label adheres securely. Repeat this step 3-4 times for best results. After ironing and wear, the shirt got washed a few times to see how well the label stayed on. No issues there to report. I can't say for how many washes it will last but the manual seems to indicate that it is somewhat permanent.

After trying out the labeler, I think it might be time to retire the Brother. While I wanted to try the Epson unit for the iron-on ability, it still is a basic labeler, too. And, I just don't need two that offer basic labeling. I'd rather have one that does both well. (Prior to testing this, I wasn't aware of Brother's iron-on tape. However, that one appears to have some limitations that aren't an issue with Epson's [From Brother's site: Fabric Iron-On Labels can be ironed onto virtually any cotton item, and can be laundered or dry-cleaned up to 30 times.] With the Epson unit, you can iron onto 100% cotton, 100% linen, 100% polyester, cotton/polyester blends, and fabrics with a flat, smooth surface. Even if the tape was interchangeable between units, the Epson model just outshined my existing unit due to the ability to store 30 labels and print so many different symbols and font styles. There was somewhat less waste of labeling material, too. Anyone want a slightly used Brother?
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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Summer Splash Event hosted by Life With Two Boys and With Our Best!

A bunch of great blogs have come together to bring you some amazing prizes to help you kick off your summer... with a SPLASH! Each blog is giving away at least $25 worth of prizes, plus we have an awesome grand prize for one very lucky winner. Be sure to hop along to each of the participating blogs because the more giveaways you enter, the more chances you have at winning the Grand Prize!

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Up as a prize for the hop here is your very own Epson LabelWorks Iron-on Kit, which retails for $69.99. The giveaway is open to 18+ US-only participants and ends on May 28th at 11:59 pm.

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. Please note that the Summer Splash hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prize. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize in a timely manner. While we are not responsible, we will make every effort to assist the winner in obtaining their prize.

105 comments:

  1. I'd use it to label my home office drawers. I hate not being organized.

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  2. great for the office and scrapbooking

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  3. I'll use it in scrapbooking, I'm sure

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  4. My daughters cups and clothes :)

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  5. I plan on labeling craft supplies

    (d schmidt in widget)

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  6. Probably around the kitchen and office.

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  7. I would label my children's clothes

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  8. I would definitely label the kid's clothes, but I would also label my storage bins, freezer items, and probably a whole lot more things that I am not even thinking of right now!

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  9. I would label my file folders

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  10. The kids clothes and everything that I can I love labeling things.
    amy williams
    sethandtjay at yahoo dot com

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  11. I would label my my shelves, yes I have that many movies LOL

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  12. I would label my craft room boxes

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  13. I've finally gotten our pantry organized and need to label all the containers and baskets.

    CINDY B on rafflecopter

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  14. everything! but mostly the kids toys.

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  15. Stuff my kids take to daycare and always end up losing! Toys, shoes, coats & jackets, hats, extra clothes/panties

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  16. This would be perfect for labeling clothes of our dear friend in Memory Care Unit, as well as some of her other items!
    the cats litter box at yahoo dot com

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  17. My binders, my crates, my daughters dresser and so much more!

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  18. my kids toys clothes and everything

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  19. I love to label things, too! With two kiddos in kindergarten, this would be great!

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  20. My son's extra clothes for school (since he's not potty trained)... :)

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  21. Everything! All of my son's clothes, cups, and toys that go to daycare have to have his name on them and since I have terrible handwriting this would be so much better. :)

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  22. My two boys could use labelling to keep all their stuff separate!

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  23. everything! starting with craft supplies!

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  24. I would love to label everything in our storage room!

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  25. Everything in my closet and laundry room. I'd also probably label my meals in tupperware if I could get the label off easily.

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  26. have so many boxes in the closet that need to be labeled

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  27. Lol, everything! Once I have something to label with, I go crazy.

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  28. Stuff at school - I'm a teacher!

    Angela Rhodes
    nofearpapertiger AT Gmail

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  29. I'm going to label everything in sight! LOL

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  30. Scrapbooks and spray bottles, thanks! leightim83@yahoo.com

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  31. my herbs and to use them to label my crafts/etc

    MONICA MEZA

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  32. I'd use it to label my kid's clothes. We already lose too much!

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  33. I would use to lable my jars and clothes
    greaseballs80 at yahoo dot com

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  34. My sons clothes for camp this summer

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  35. Everything. I had one of the manual ones at 13. I have a problem...lol.

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  36. i will label the cabinets at church with all the crafts supplies

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  37. I would label EVEERYTHING! mostly the cupboards.

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  38. I run an in home daycare...so playroom things, bulletin board bags, file folder games, craft supplies...oh, I can think of about a hundred things =)

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  39. Tons of things, but I'll start with the kids toy bins!!

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  40. all of my kids clothes and some f my boyfriends lol

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  41. Using it to label things in the house.

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)
    JJs2468@aol.com

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  42. everything in my daughter's room and kitchen. We really need organization in the kitchen. The pantry is horrible and everyone keeps moving things around because nothing has a certain place.

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  43. I would use it for the home office!

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  44. I would label my kid's jackets and coats.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  45. school jackets, coats, shoes and hats

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  46. All those boxes that I throw stuff into and then forget what's in them.

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  47. I would label ALL of my son's stuff with Allergy Alerts. I would also label his bag that his emergency medication is kept in. This would be great.

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  48. I would start with my craft closet and then move to my stockpile room, next would be my kitchen herb pantry, then my OTC medicine cabinet. I'll probably have to buy more label tape.

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  49. I would label my yarn stash and then on to my spice collection. What a great giveaway!

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  50. I would use on all my containers!

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  51. I would use it on everything like your wife lol...

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  52. My kids' cups, containers and moving boxes!

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  53. I plan on labeling everything :-)

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  54. Anything that the kids wear out of the house!

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  55. I'd label my boys clothes and toys.

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  56. label my plastic drawers

    http://www.noypeeto.net/2013/05/bamboo-entryway-organizer-honey-can-do.html

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  57. clothes and toys for the kids

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  58. My office folders, my sons clothes bins, my clothes bins, bins in the garage

    Bud L - RC form name

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  59. cups and clothes...looks like it would be so great to have.

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  60. Oh Java John z you know we all like you and this giveaway would be perfect for using on all my grand kids school items and in my kitchen Thanks for hosting

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  61. My husbands mess of an office. Ohhh, and maybe the kids!

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  62. Everything! :) But I would start with the bins in the closets

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  63. I work at a school, so everything in my classroom

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  64. I have a boat load of manilla envelopes with stuff in them that I need to label, Also, I could use the iron on to label grandkids clothes. Thank you. Vicki

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  65. Toys, Makeup, shoes among other things in the home

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  66. My craft supplies to get organized.

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  67. Food / Supplies / The Kids stuff I think it would be useful in many ways...

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  68. I am planning to label all my kids things as well as important files and such. The kitchen could use some labels too.

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  69. Label my drawers and files.

    savewish@yahoo.com
    Sherry Compton

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  70. I plan on labeling my husband's forehead so I don't forget what his name is. Hahaha.
    Michelle Tucker

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  71. I'd label my jars and bags of DIY flours and extracts in the kitchen...then just about everything else in my house!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  72. I would use it for everything! I am so disorganized I could see myself getting carried away :)

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  73. I would label storage boxes.

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  74. All my granddaughters backpacks, lunch boxes, totes, etc.

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  75. Shelves in my garage

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com
    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  76. I would use to label my son's backpack and jackets - in time for school.

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  77. I would use it to label my crafting supplies.

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  78. I plan on labeling all of my bookshelves!

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  79. I'd use this on everything! I love to organize and label things! I'd start with my scrapbooking supplies, drawers, all organizers, & the tools in the garage!

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  80. My many many storage totes that I have no idea where anything is because I'm so disorganized!

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