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Old 08-07-2011, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by leatheflea
I think you should always follow your dreams! Give it a try! Your customers will let you know if they are dissatisfied. Never let someone else tell you not to follow your dream because they dont agree. Do your best to get the smell from the fabrics. good luck!
I agree that you must try. In advertising your items, just let them know you smoke and have cats. Some people are more sensitive than others. We have no cats inside and my husband has his own smoking room. But, if I ever sell anything, I will let everyone know. During my shopping trips I have to avoid the candle and laundry isles due to the smells bring on a wheezing (I have asthma). Whenever I buy items, they are always washed and I just add soda to my laundry soap to wash; seems to work for me. Good Luck! :thumbup:
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:42 PM
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Even if the smoker does not go in the sewing room, the smell would travel through the heating and AC vents or small cracks around the door or enter everytime the door opens.

I bought some fabric online from a non-smoker, no pets, BUT what she did have was a wood burning stove. Smelled like a campout! :) Pass the marshmallows!
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:07 PM
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I have a smoker in my house also. I do not let them smoke in my sewing room and I wash everything and rinse with fabric softener.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:24 PM
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There's always something going to bother somebody and as long as you're honest, you don't have to be worried or feel bad about it. I'm allergic to most detergents and fabric softeners, so if it's ever going to touch my skin (including a bag or hat) I have to wash it a couple of times.

However, it is only MY responsibility to look out for my allergies, NOT the seller's, and it has never stopped me from buying something I liked.

If others feel differently then they can purchase from someone else, right?
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:31 PM
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Sadly enough I have a similar experience.

Originally Posted by Lostn51
My BIL smokes and when my wife goes to see her sister she comes home and everything reeks of smoke. It just about knocks me over when she walks into the house and opens up her bags. Even the clothes that she did not get out of the suitcase stink up the house so we have to wash everything that she took. He is the only one in the family that has a bad habit left all the others passed away from lung cancer and heart attacks. :roll:

All I know is if you do not smoke you can pick up on the lingering smells very quickly.

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Old 08-07-2011, 06:39 PM
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I smoked for almost 30 years. I agree. I would not knowingly buy from someone who smokes. Depending on how much smoking is done around the fabric, it may be impossible to get out. There are certain types of batting and fabric that holds the smell. No one has smoked in my house in almost 7 years. Even then, it wasn't done in the house. Yes, just my car on the way to and from work. Never did it at home. Since my heart surgery in 2007 and blood clot in my lungs I can't be around smokers. I can't breathe. For me, it's a matter or life or death.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:54 PM
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I believe every adult has the right to smoke but not around me or bring the smell to my home. I threw several blocks from a block swap away because they smelled of cigarette smoke. I wasn't about to waste my time washing the smell out. Just be honest and say from a smoker home.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:09 PM
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I think you should go for it...set aside a smoke/pet free area and do all your work there.
I am a non smoker, really bothered (asthma attacks) by some perfumes...it's not how much, it's the brand/ingredients I guess...My BIL smokes here on occasion...when he drives up...the sewing leaves the room.
We have outdoor cats & 2 dogs...they are not in the quilt/sewing area...cats just adopted us one day.

I do quilting for others...I take tops from smokers and pet owners...and perfume wearers...which is the worst for me. I lay the top/backing over the quilter and spray them with frebreeze...and it actually takes out 99% of the wrinkles from shipping... I rarely have a problem with the odors.

Would I buy from a smoker, pet owner, perfume wearer? Yes, as long as the item is washable.

One other thing...don't expect to get rich selling your crafts...most will look, say they can do that and walk away...even though they can't. Ignore them ...they are probably going to not buy a single item from any crafter.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by LisaGibbs
From the sound of it here most people wash fabric anyway when they get it so I wouldn't worry about it. Stuff you buy at the store stinks and we bring them home and wash it. Follow your dreams. Frebreeze it before you put it in the box and be who you are. People who are seriously sensitive always ask.

Your right, I've bought some clothing and it had a bad smell, never was able to get the smell out of the clothing so in the trash it went.

You can also wash and let drip dry outside I'm sure that would help too! As far as the cat, I don't have a cat but I do have dogs and I keep a lint remover handy when I'm swamping...
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by SUZAG
I would love to make things and sell them but I am afraid that the smoke smell would linger. I would pre-wash my fabric and then wash again when finished and put into a large zip lock bag. I've heard storing things in plastic bags isn't a good thing to do either. Should I just give up on my ideas and only do things for myself?
After you are done and wash it, store it in the garage or somewhere where no one smokes, and make sure you transport it in a car that is a non-smoking car. You can always air it out on a clothesline too. All these tips are from a former smoker...
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