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Labeling machines

I'm reorganizing my cupboards ,drawers etc and want to label my nice new containers. Has anyone got any recommendations, warnings about the various labeling machines ? I was looking at the Brother PT line and their laminated tape. Also the Dymo range till I saw a couple of buyers commenting on faded tape. Any help would be welcome

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  1. Ever since I bought one of those Brother machines, I have become an obsessive labeller. My husband is afraid that I'm going to label him. I tried, but he ran away. At any rate, the Brother is good, easy and doesn't fade at all. The tape is expensive, though.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      lol at your comment about labeling husband. :-)

    2. I have a Brother PT. The labels are very nice. The tape is expensive, though, and it is difficult to peel the label from its backing. The built-in cutter wastes a huge amount of tape, leading me to cut with scissors when I'm not being lazy.

      1. No recs on a labeling machine, but a pitch for a simple, low environmental impact solution: the china marker (aka grease pencil). Cheap, writes on plastic, glass, metal, ceramic, etc. Wipes off with a paper towel. You can write directly on containers, no labels or masking tape or batteries needed. China markers come in multiple colors, and you can write on wet surfaces, too.

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        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Celeste, I've always wanted to buy a grease pencil, but never knew where to get one. (And, it's never been so high on my list that I really sought one out.) Where does one buy such a thing?

          In response to the OP, i have had used various versions of the Brother label maker over the years (the kind that looks like a baby keyboard), though, never in the kitchen. Have loved them all and see no real difference between models. The longevity is fine, too, have only needed to switch because I've changed jobs and left the label-maker with my co-workers when I moved on...


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Hi Dairy Queen, I have found grease pencils both at Staples and WB Mason.

            1. re: atable

              Try WalMart, your local Ace or TruValue hardware store, the office supply store, etc. They're not hard to find at all...Berol brand china markers are quite common. In re: another poster's comments on "labeled tupperware", the china marker writes just fine on glass or ceramic. I keep quite a few staples in decorative ceramic canisters, and I always write the item's name, as well as basic instructions, on the back of the canisters in china marker....I can't ever remember the proper water:rice ratio of basmati vs calrose shortgrain vs. long grain, so marking the containers solves my memory problem.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Awesome, thank you Celestre and atable. Also, does washing it off require any particular cleaning product?


                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Nope. You can rub it off with a paper towel, or soapy sponge. It is a waxy (rather than greasy) substance, so it will often survive a dishwashing cycle, but rubs off with towel.

        2. Thanks for the replies folks. Celeste, I can still see all that tupperware 30yrs ago
          ( binned now and replaced with glass) and I'd really prefer a more professional look to my labels. Another problem......I'm a serious gadget enthusiast, in fact I'm wondering why I didnt think of a label maker years ago. About the Brother Nyleve and embee, yes I'd read about tape wastage and I'd be OK with scissors, I think I could get one snip fairly straight :-) Could you tell me what models you have please ? Some have a lot of bells and whistles but if you think the basic models are fine I'll go with one of those.Thanks for the tip Nyleve, hahaha but speaking of husbands I'll be labeling the linen cupboard shelves first !! hubby doesnt seem to notice towels, sheets, teatowels etc are all in separate stacks.....and I'm talking 30 years here !!

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          1. re: MoiraB17

            I have a PT labeller and love it. I made large pots of soups and stews and divide them up for school lunches. I love that I can print out 10, 12, 17 or 53 labels all at once.

            At least once or twice a year, Staples puts their labelmaker tape in the sales bins, so I stock up. I don't really care about size or colour at 75% off.

          2. The P-Touch hands down.

            I've had some things labeled for ten years and they're all stick stuck and still sharp.

            1. Brother it is then !! I was looking at the PT2700 but maybe I'm getting carried away. Theres a sense of panic now,$30 cash back if one of their models is bought by tomorrow.FWIW I'm not all that interested in hooking one into my PC but I think I saw somewhere the PT2700 has bigger fonts ? What models have you guys got..quick replies please < grin >

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              1. re: MoiraB17

                Mine is a PT65. It is a low end unit, battery operated and self contained. The batteries last a long time (though, in truth, it isn't used all that much). It can't be attached to a computer. It uses "M" tape and has a variety of type sizes and print styles, all very simple.

                The tape itself seems durable. The print doesn't fade and labels that aren't handled much look fine after a couple of years. However, the print does wear off when the labels are handled a lot, albeit slowly. One label (on my office phone handset) will need to be replaced within a few months. I think it's been on for about 1 1/2 years. The label on my wife's handset, which is used just a few times a week, looks new.

                I can't remember the price, but it wasn't very expensive and came with a substantial rebate at the time.

                1. re: embee

                  That's exactly the one I have. When I bough it there was something like a $20 or $30 rebate, which made the unit very cheap to buy. It does everything I need it to do - just prints out durable simple labels. Several sizes and styles of type and it can print two lines as long as the type size is small.

                  And by the way, I can totally identify with wanting to label things neatly. I go through these phases every now and then. I believe there is medication for this now.

                  1. re: embee

                    I might have to give that model a try. The Brother labeler I have, I can't leave the batteries in it or they are dead in a week or two- and yes, its shut off when not in use. It gets to be such a hassle to take them out & put them in, that I rarely use it- but if I could grab it & label stuff quickly, I would.

                  2. re: MoiraB17

                    My only suggesting is to make sure you get one that uses M-Tape because the TZ-Tape is a lot more expensive and is probably overkill for your application.

                    1. re: MoiraB17

                      I just doesn't matter which one.

                      Pick the one you can afford. The tape is all the same, it's just different sizes. Even the smallest/cheapest one will do you fine.

                      1. re: Jennalynn

                        The tape is not all the same. There are 2 major varieties (along with a few others that aren't as readily available), the basic M tape and the water-resistant (and available in more sizes) TZ Tape. The cartridges are not compatible - TZ and M tapes are not interchangeable.

                    2. I think the OT65 might be on its way out here, its on the "supported" webpage and I didnt see any in the shops today.Nor were there any PT2700 BUT !! I ordered one from a Brother agent does repairs etc and got it for LESS than I'd have paid for a 1280 and the 1830.................the clincher was that I'd have to spend $40 for an adaptor for those two whereas the 2700 has it included. I think I'll be OK with paying extra for that laminated TZ tape and yes I noticed the M tapes had a very short list in comparison. Thanks everyone for your help, its been neat reading the opinions of real people. The machine should be here Tuesday ohhhhh happy days !!