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Old 09-04-2010, 12:53 PM
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I decided to put this in the main section because it is quilting related and everyone needs to read this.

I like baked potato bags. I have made them in the past. I had scraps of fabric that I loved not enough to really do anything with so I decided to make a baked potato bag. I used 100% thread to piece it, 100% cotton batting and the same thread to quilt it. Yes the fabric was 100% cotton too is there any other kind??? I popped my potato in the bag and put it in the microwave. I decided to stay in the kitchen and after about 2 minutes I smelled something. I looked in the microwave and my cute potato bag was on fire, not smoldering but on fire. I was a chef kitchen fires don't bother me. I pulled out the bag and tossed it in the sink as the bag burned I poured water on it. All my work and it went up in smoke. I will NEVER, EVER, EVER use a baked potato bag again. And you shouldn't either!!!!!!!
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:56 PM
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Thanks for the warning. Be safe everyone.
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:56 PM
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Oh my!!!!! That is scarry. I have never used them and now I guess I will never will. Thank you for the heads up.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:20 PM
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Thanks for the warning Peach. I have never tried one. I didn't really see the need in the first place. That and I am not a huge baked potato fan.
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I had never heard of a potatoe bag. What is the purpose?
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:21 PM
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what is a baked potato bag? never heard of one, I don't get out much...
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Wow, have one as it was a gift from Vermont but never used it.
Been using it as a potholder thing when my others weren't reachable. thanks for the warning!
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If you used Warm and Natural batting, it's not really 100% cotton as has been posted before...maybe that was what caught it on fire?

It's 87.5% cotton and 12.5% Polypropylene.
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Oh, my goodness! I am glad you were in the kitchen when this happened. I often pop things in the mw and then go to another room to do something. I am kind of like some other posters...I could not quite figure the need for them to begin with? I have always pricked my baking potatoes and when they finish baking in the mw, I pull them out and wrap them in a tea-towel to let them 'sit' for a few minutes. Personally, I think that would be a good use for these baking potato bags...not actually baking with them in the mw.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by trupeach1
I decided to put this in the main section because it is quilting related and everyone needs to read this.

I like baked potato bags. I have made them in the past. I had scraps of fabric that I loved not enough to really do anything with so I decided to make a baked potato bag. I used 100% thread to piece it, 100% cotton batting and the same thread to quilt it. Yes the fabric was 100% cotton too is there any other kind??? I popped my potato in the bag and put it in the microwave. I decided to stay in the kitchen and after about 2 minutes I smelled something. I looked in the microwave and my cute potato bag was on fire, not smoldering but on fire. I was a chef kitchen fires don't bother me. I pulled out the bag and tossed it in the sink as the bag burned I poured water on it. All my work and it went up in smoke. I will NEVER, EVER, EVER use a baked potato bag again. And you shouldn't either!!!!!!!
This was a problem with the older patterns. They now make a special batting specifically for these bags. I'll do a searcha nd see if I can find the name. Also, newer microwaves with higher wattage can cause older bags to smolder.
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