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Thread: Does a fabric stash have an expiration date?

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    Seriously wondering this. I am cleaning out stuff because we just don't have room to keep things we don't use/need.

    I'm having a hard time parting with some fabric but at the same time I'm wondering if it's going to be any good when I finally have the time to get to it. I'm thinking that will be in 13 years or so when my little one turns 18! :?

    Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaT
    Seriously wondering this. I am cleaning out stuff because we just don't have room to keep things we don't use/need.

    I'm having a hard time parting with some fabric but at the same time I'm wondering if it's going to be any good when I finally have the time to get to it. I'm thinking that will be in 13 years or so when my little one turns 18! :?

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    Golly I hope not. I have some skirts and pjs,imbroiderd scarfs. That I entend to use in quilts one day. They aren't Fabric like fat quarters or anything. But the skirts were when they were teens and some baby clothes were my 2 DD and they will be..youngest 46 ,next Friday the 8th. the oldest 47...18 days later Tuesday the 26th.
    I have everything stored in one of those bags you use the vacume to suck all the air out and it makes it smaller. Then I have them in a drawer so they don't get light. The bags aren't too exspensive at walmart. Thats what I would do if I had material that old. My opinion, hope I gave you an idea.
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    As long as it is stored properly, kept out of the sun I would think it would last a long time . I have fabric my mom gave me that is at least 20 years old and it is fine .

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    Ok you guys have made me feel better all ready.
    I'm still going to thin out but at least now I feel like it's okay to hang on to some.
    :D

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    Ahhh most of my stash is from the 80's and 90's when I was doing more collecting than stitching. I had it stored in opaque plastic tubs and it's as good as ever. Stash on!!!

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    Did I ever tell you about the box my mom sent me?
    She had found it in my closet at the home I grew up in.
    As near as I can remember ... the fabric had been in that cardboard box for 25 years! - - and, it is STILL in that box and is living quite well, until I can figure out what to do with it!

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    I hope not, I have some that old. I keep it closed up, out of the light , and it looks like new still,.

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    I think if you store it right it will be fine for a long long time. I hope so anyway cause I have some I have had a long time.

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    There are quilts on display that have been used and stored for how many years?? decades?? century?? I think if they are stored well, they will all be fine :D:D:D

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    If you store it properly, dry and dark, then it will keep forever...I have inherited fabrice that is over 50 years old and still in excellent condition....I have made garments from it.

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    What do you all really think about the vacuum bags?
    The reason I ask is: A number of years ago, people were doing counted cross stitch and other handwork, displaying it under glass, and it was rotting!
    Turns out that natural fibers need some air circulation in order to maintain its integrity. If you consider quilts that have survived a hundred years, most of them in unfinished WOOD cabinets ... are we really doing a favor to our fabrics by using the vacuum bags? Might that also be the problem of storing for long periods of time in plastic containers, though it hasn't been a problem for me as of yet ...
    and, cardboard boxes ... could it be all this recycling process is creating a less stable form of storage than our forefathers/mothers appreciated?
    And, while I am on it ... about that invisible thread stuff ... plastic! I can't imagine how that affects cotton, wool, or silk ...
    *stepping down from soapbox*

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    I think certain patterns do. I found when I went back over some fabric I had gifted my niece that 10 yrs later a lot was not in style with ME, colors change so you might end up hanging onto something a long time before they are popular again or your "un" sick of them. I just use it as an excuse to.. get newbies.

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    a stash expires with the current owner.

    after that it's a collection of vintage heirlooms.

    ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    a stash expires with the current owner.

    after that it's a collection of vintage heirlooms.

    ;-)


    I am soooooooooo going to tell my daughter this. :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaT
    Ok you guys have made me feel better all ready.
    I'm still going to thin out but at least now I feel like it's okay to hang on to some.
    :D
    no, fabric doesn't have an expiration date... hehehe, but it does have a 'must feed with other fabric' date :mrgreen:

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    I do alot of scrappies. so for me old & new work just as good

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    I think that if fabric has an "expiration" date, we're all in BIG trouble :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    I think that if fabric has an "expiration" date, we're all in BIG trouble :lol: :lol:
    ain't that the trueth. i have a couple pieces that an angel sent me when i first started. i'm still using it.

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    I sure hope not, I've got fabrics from the 80's.LOL

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    If anyone is thinning out their stash, PLEASE send my way. Dang embarrassing to ask. I hate this asking. PLEASE don't think bad of me. I just wanna keep sewing :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    No 'expiration' date, no 'best used by' date, no 'void after' date. I still have tie-dyed and batik fabrics that my sister and I made back in the mid-sixties and some calicos that my mother got in Europe right after WWII.

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    I have fabric from the 60's and I still plan to use it, someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    a stash expires with the current owner.

    after that it's a collection of vintage heirlooms.

    ;-)
    LOL Telling my sons that one also

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    I have fabric as far back as the 70's and all my mine is fine- I have fabric scraps from fabric I ordered from Sears catalog -does anyone else? I have heard different" do's and don'ts" over the years as far as storing your fabric and mine has been changed so many times - don't know what is best. I used to refold all mine bez I believe if left folded the same way too long you'll get a fade line. That's my story on having to touch all my fabric and I'm sticking to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bevanger
    If anyone is thinning out their stash, PLEASE send my way. Dang embarrassing to ask. I hate this asking. PLEASE don't think bad of me. I just wanna keep sewing :oops: :oops: :oops:
    Hear Hear! I could always use more stash!! Since my mom and I are both quilters, I tease her that I am going to check her suitcase everytime she leaves so she doesn't steal my stash!

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