I bought a label maker and it worked great until it didn’t work at all. Have a Dymo label maker that’s acting all screwy and doesn’t print? I have a fix for that.
Juggling a fulfilling life as a semi-professional Instagram scroller and potato chip advocate doesn’t leave a lot of time for searching for things in my house. One lost salad bag could lead to disaster; a missed farmhouse kitchen shot or a photo of chocolate cake with violas sprinkled on top.
In an attempt to get my stuff better organized a few weeks ago I bought an old timey label maker. And I love it.
Nope, it’s not technical, doesn’t require batteries OR a software update. But it is mechanical, which means mechanical type things can go wrong with it. I discovered this fact after blowing through an entire roll of tape in about the same amount of time it takes me to blow through a party sized bag of Ruffles and dip.
The Dymo labeller worked perfectly for its first go round, but after I changed the tape in it, for some reason instead of typing out letters it typed out this …
Just a couple of chewed up looking bumps. I immediately started cursing myself with largely made up swear words (snarklefart, habbityass) for buying the cheaper version of the tape, not the official Dymo tape. THAT was obviously the problem. It was the cheap tape.
Only, I found the box of tape and realized I had been wildly extravagant and did buy the official Dymo tape.
So what was the problem? Why was my new label maker not printing anything other than Klingon braille?
If you take a look at your label maker, just underneath the “Scissor” icon, there are two arrows.
These two arrows, need to line up with the two arrows on the lower ring.
As you can see, when my labeller was printing all habbityass, the arrows were not lined up.
Turning the lower ring so the arrows lined up fixed everything.
Such a simple fix. Yet so elusive.
- Take a look at your label maker. Right under the scissor icon on the top ring you'll see two arrows pointing down.
- On the ring below look for those same arrows, that are pointing up. Align the two rings so the arrows are directly in line with each other.
If the arrows on the side of the Dymo label maker rings aren't lined up it causes all kinds of problems including not printing, jamming and slipping.
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Go forth labellers and print to your heart’s content now.
I took a quick look on Amazon to see the reviews of this label maker and sure enough it gets very low reviews, and all of them are because of this very issue. Had they only spent a few minutes figuring it out they’d have a house full of labels with time left over to to watch 30 second videos of impossibly cute goats bounce off of a shed.
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