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Thread: Have you used vacuum space bags?

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    Smile Have you used vacuum space bags?

    Hope this is the right place for this! Am going to start downsizing and packing for a move in the months ahead and would like to try using the vacuum space bags. Checking on amazon brings up a lot of positive and negative reviews, esp about one well known brand. that the bags puncture easily, lose air, etc. Would like some feedback from any who've used them, please. Thanks!!

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    I've used them for storing pillows and duvets. Just bought cheapest I could find worked great stored for 6 months came out fine.

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    Same here it's a amazing what they can hold! Bought it from the store and the least expensive ones.
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    like anything else, you DO NOT always get what you pay for! I've used well known and never heard of, both occasionally won't seal or have a pin hole but when they work they're great. When I change out winter/summer clothes I use them to put in the attic, most even hold up in that heat/cold. Fold things as tightly as possible so you can get plenty in the bag, just don't cram it full, you may bust the seam. Every time I get one done I always think I could have put a lot more in it but that's because they shrink up SO much.

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    I've used the name brand (found the best deal at Walmart) and other brands. We use them to pack away all our boating linens. Have used the same ones for at least four years without problem. My only complaint is the large "suitcase" style is no longer available.

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    Yes, I used the ones that (everyone knows the name) before to downsize my linen closet. Loved them, they really do work. I did have a few that ruptured and didn't work but for the most part, they are good. The only thing they don't do well is move. If I did them then stored them, no problem. But if they were packed,unpacked and reused, they just weren't tough enough.

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    When I used them, they worked great until I removed the stuff from them my linens reaked of petroleum odors. I used name brand and lesser brand like others. If you're sensitive to odors, you might want to think a little longer.

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    I've used them with success although a couple never would seal properly. Overall, I think they do the job and are very useful.
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    We use them for all the Christmas linens, towels etc for years and they are great, year after year.
    I read somewhere recently that you and do the same job with regular trash bags, but I haven't tried it yet.

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    I do one craft show a year. It's this Sunday. Just last night I got out my previously unsold items in their vacuum seal bags. Each bag has let a little air in -- really just a little -- and everything is still sealed nice and tight. After the show whatever isn't sold this year will go right back in for another year. I've bought several brands and always had good luck with them. Haven't had occasion to use them for anything else.

    Only problem - once those bags are opened all that stuff has to be ironed by Sunday! Yuck!!!!

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    I think they are great. When I moved from Ohio to Missouri I started bringing stuff out here in my car to store in my Dad's basement.I brought out 19 medium size totes of fabric-(1/3rd of my stash) - that we unpacked and laid out in the trunk.we took out the seat in back and stacked the totes and more fabric. My little sister told me about the vac bags. I took 11 empty totes back to Ohio-1 1/2 yrs later they were still sealed and every thing was as fresh as the day I packed them. We made 4 more trips like this with fabrics and excess linen closet items. They are great if you are mailing quilts. 1 twin size and 4 queens in a box that was only big enough 1 Q and a twin.

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    I use those and Ziplocs extra large storage bags. Never had trouble with a petroleum odor but I use baking soda packets also. I just make a small pouch with a paper towel like an envelope and place baking soda in it and place on top just incase you don't get all the air out. One thing to be sure of is to make sure none of the articles have been in a damp area. If so run through a low heat dryer. Will prevent any mold or mildew with slightest moisture.

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    This is off subject, but, as you are downsizing, you gotta read this book, "The Joy of Less" by Francine Jay. She is the guru of downsizing and shares a ton of practical information in her book, along with a big dose of wisdom. In fact, her fresh outlook of downsizing was so inspiring, I couldn't wait to get started...and life truly is more joyful. This is a book I saved and re-read from time to time.

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    I use them when I ship a quilt to someone. Makes packing them a lot easier!
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    WOW! Thanks so much for all the great feedback! Feel much encouraged and will definitely try these!

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    I will follow this post as I too am getting ready for a move and wondered how they would do to pack quilts, blankets and pillows in less space. I wonder if the movers would have a problem if they started to reinflate? Might be exciting. lol

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    When it comes to space bags of any kind, you will have people who love them or hate them. Yes they will puncture, but they are plastic. When I'm filling a new bag with fabric (or clothing), I also use a plastic tote too. I've found that I have NO trouble with my bags, they can be moved around and such because they are all in totes. The big thing to remember is the weight. This is why I use the totes, when a bag is full it's heavy. I have large plastic totes with lids that fit tight, they will hold up to 6 space bags full.

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    I have both name brand and inexpensive ones and really can't tell the difference. Once I needed to take 3 quilts to New Mexico and put them into 2 bags - 2 in one and 1 plus sweater in another. They really saved space in my suitcase.
    I also have several small ones that you can roll up to squeeze air out of them and don't need to use a vacuum. These are great for my little travel pillow and some other things I carry on the plane. It makes them all fit neatly in my carry- on bag. One trip it really impressed the man sitting next to me who thought it was a neat trick.

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    used them when #1 daughter moved and put her stuff in storage. It's been 2 years almost, and they are still in storage holding up. Can't imagine what they will smell like, but they were packed with clean linens, towels, etc. and a dryer sheet as recommended. They look fine last time we checked them. AND we live in upstate NY, so they have been in a cold storage locker and been frozen. Interesting they didn't "pop"

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    I tried storing leftover batting. I didn't seal it just wanted to unzip and zipper only lasted a few times. It was a very large bag.
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    DD's wedding dress is stored in a space saver bag in my cedar chest. It looks fine when I open the cedar chest. Her dress was not real expensive so I couldn't justify spending a lot to have it preserved.

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