Post # 1
Before I found WeddingBee I had no clue what a Gocco was – and now it’s all I can thnk of!
So I’m going to bite the bullet and buy one. I’m having a hard time figuring out the difference in all the different models. Can anyone help? What model do I want to buy?
Also, I read that screens and bulbs are one use only. Does that mean I go through a new secreen and a new bulb for every design or everytime I print that design?
Post # 3
There are few types of model that you would want to do some research on ebay. There are models that can be use for clothes and other types of fabrics and there are models that are simply using paper for printing. What are you planning to use the Gocco for? For just printing on paper then I suggest you to get the PG-5. Yes for the screen and bulbs you have to use a new screen and new bulb everytime you print a design. Good Luck and have fun if you are getting a Gocco.
Post # 4
I don’t know what I plan on using it for..lol. I’m going to do our invites but I’m madly trying to come up with other uses for it so I can justify the cost. I think I’ll buy the PG-5 just because it uses less bulbs, etc. I just don’t like the small size of the paper you can print on. But I’ve found the PG5 for $100 while the bigger one is almost $300.
I would love to be able to print on ribbon. Is that possible? I *think* to print on ribbon/cloth I’ll need print masters for cloth, the squeegee and cloth ink. Is there anything else I’m forgetting?
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
You aren’t limited to printing on small paper with a PG-5 model… it’s just that you can’t have a design that is larger than 3×5. Most projects (including invites) are printed with multiple screens, so you can be creative in how you burn your screens to maximize the project.
Think of the gocco as a STAMP. You can print on fabric and anything else you’d like as long as it can fit under the machine to be stamped. The "screen print" method with the squegee is only necessary when you can’t stamp the image where you need it to be. Most ribbon will take the regular gocco ink, but if you want it to wash, then use the fabric paint.
My biggest tip for buying it… if you’re a crafty person, then you may use the gocco for the rest of your life. If you’re buying this just for the wedding and never do anything crafty, you may never get it out of the box. The price tag on my gocco was $149 in 2004 from Dick Blick, when you could buy it in the store and it was nowhere to be found on ebay or on the internet and I’ve never considered whether or not it was an investment. The deals on ebay are steals compared to what the prices were when it wasn’t being discontinued!
Post # 6
I’m a crafty person – just not paper crafty. I had read somewhere that if the paper is bigger then the screen, then when you print it can ‘crease’ the paper or leave holes. Have you had any problems with that?
I don’t plan on washing the ribbon. My idea is to affix the ribbon to the top of the cards which will go in my pocketfold. And on the ribbon I’ll Gocco "Directions", "Ceremony", etc, etc. Will I be able to do this with just the normal Gocco? If so then I’ll just buy the PG5 with no additional accessories.
Oh, one more question, has anyone tried embossing words with the Gocco? I would like to emboss our main page (ie. Ryan X and Amanda Y invite you to share..etc, etc.) but worry that the embossing will make it too hard to read. I’d love to hear how it worked for anyone else!