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    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?

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    Smoke does linger and sensitive noses would be aware of it. Allergy suffers would be able to tell as well. Perhaps the smoker can smoke outside? Hope you work this out (smile).

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    The smell of smoke lingers in fabric. I think I would just make things for myself.

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    can you keep your fabrics/stuff in a room that the smoker is not allowed to smoke in? that would help-
    and washing/sealing up would be ok- it is long term storage that is not recommended in plastic because of the risk of moisture getting in/mildew happening.
    if you take your plastic bags outside-and air them-let the stuff out on occassion- and becareful during really humid times you should be ok.
    another option would be to take to laundramat right before going to where ever you are planning to sell---then everything is fresh and clean for the sale.
    depends i guess on how you are trying to sell- whether its like booths set up at festivals/markets- or if you are trying to direct sell online- if that's the case- wash each item and package it to go when it is sold-
    where there's a will there's always a way :)

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    You know I smoke, and I do smoke inside, its too darn hot outside, but.. I smoke in a completely different room than where I sew. I am sure there are folks that do smoke (although yes I know we should not) that would love to see what you have. As long as your honest and let folks know you do smoke I do not see why you could not try to sell things.

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    I have a smoker in the house, my daughter washes everything i send, i never hear of her doing it more than once.

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    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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    Well, I hate to say this, but I would not knowingly purchase from a smoker or a pet owner.

    Am allergic to cigarette smoke, dogs, and my DH is allergic to cats.

    No doubt others don't care one way or another. Don't give up your idea to make/sell things until you've tried it to see how it works out for you.

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    people have trouble because I smoke and I have trouble from peoples perfume potpurrie and other scent makers guess each person has to do what they have to do . out law and tax all perfumes!!!!!!

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkb
    people have trouble because I smoke and I have trouble from peoples perfume potpurrie and other scent makers guess each person has to do what they have to do . out law and tax all perfumes!!!!!!
    Funny you should mention Potpourri, one of the deacons at my church worked for a potpourri factory here in town and he and his truck/tools always smelled. His wife would always tell us that his girlfriend needed to cut back on her perfume. :lol:

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    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 sometimes 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.

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    If you are selling in person someone who does not smoke will smell it and than if they buy it they will know how to get rid of the smell. If you are selling on line list that it is coming from a smokers and pet owner's home. by being warned if you buy it there is no recourse.

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    Quote 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?

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    I have had my migraines more or less under control for a lot of years, but even today I can not linger in the soap/cleanser/bleach/candle areas of grocery stores. I can smell it as soon as I walk in a few feet, so I know what I want and go straight to it and then leave. Don't have that trouble with CostCo for some reason, could be because it's such a big place, possibly more powerful fans.
    No way on earth would I ever want another series of migraines like I used to have. And, unfortunately, can not visit certain family members for more than an hour or so. Much better to get a motel room and meet at restaurants and shopping areas.

    When I give something away, I wash it and immediately stick it in a plastic bag fresh out of the dryer. I put on it a sign that says "Sewed by a non-smoking cat" which gets it said.
    I don't smoke and do have 2 cats.

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    I hate scents. I even use unscented laundry soap. That being said, I'd buy from you if I liked what you were selling. Every time I buy fabric, I end up washing them.

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    Keep your fabric and sewing equipment in a room with a door where the cat and the smoker won't go. That way you can go in there and sew without worrying about cat hair or smoke.

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    Be upfront and honest about it, let them know about your efforts to wash and package, and people can decide for themselves what they want to do! Good luck!

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    A friend of mine, who is a quilt instructor in Northern California, sent my son a surfing themed quilt before he headed off to college years ago. Her package was delivered to our home and honestly we had a very hard time opening it as it wreaked with smoke so badly. After opening it, I had to wash the quilt several times in baking soda and vinegar and hang it outside to air dry in order to get the smell out. He brought it home several more times to wash and dry before he said the smell was gone. Sorry but I would not buy anything that smelled of smoke.

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    Why not make one quilt/bag/table runner (whatever product you decided to sell), clean it as if you ready to sell it and then take it to a few very honest people who would let you know if it had lingering smells... that way you haven't just given up or conversely invested alot of time and money into a product that might not sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    Why not make one quilt/bag/table runner (whatever product you decided to sell), clean it as if you ready to sell it and then take it to a few very honest people who would let you know if it had lingering smells... that way you haven't just given up or conversely invested alot of time and money into a product that might not sell.
    Make sure they're nonsmokers.

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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    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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    Sadly enough I have a similar experience.


    Quote 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.

    Billy

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