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Thread: Puttin Quilts in Space Bags

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    Puttin Quilts in Space Bags

    Has anyone stored their quilts in a space bag? If so did you experience any problems (permanent wrinkles or creases)? HSN is having a really good today's special and I am thinking about buying it to store my quilts. If not my quilts.....then all my batting and fabric.

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    I wouldn't store my quilts in those. It would scrunch them too much. You could store the batting in them tho.

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    I have not had ANY luck with the space bags...they leak. Some people have very good luck though, but imho they are not worth the money.
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    I haven't stored quilts in the Space Bags, but they are great for batting. I have used them for fabric in the past, but it found that once I put all the bags in a bin, it was very heavy. It was kind of a pain when you wanted to fish thru the fabric to find that one you are looking for.

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    Space bags don't work for me .... My cuz luv luv them ...

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    I think that fabric stored in a space bag would come out with lots of wrinkles. I don't think they're recommended for quilts for the same reason that plastic bags or containers aren't recommended. Natural fibers need to breathe.

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    I tried them and found they didn't keep shut tightly and therefore weren't safe. This was for clothes and not for quilts. Would never use with my quilts.
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    Please don't store your quilts in plastic bags. Moisture builds up inside of plastic. Fabrics need to breathe. Use pillowcases or spead on a guest bed in layers if you have the room. If you make bags out of muslin you can make them any size you want to store your quilts in. Just my opinion.
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    I was thinking of using one to ship a quilt. Thought maybe I could shrink it down to a smaller size so I could take advantage of priority shipping in a smaller package. What do you think? Since it's only short term I thought the wrinkles might not set in too badly. Be interested in any opinions.

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    Using plastic bags to shrink a quilt to manageable size for shipping should be OK. I would send storing instructions with the quilt you are shipping to remind them not to leave the quilt in the plastic.
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    I have heard many times over that storing quilts in plastic is not a good idea. Pillowcases are recommended or a bag made specifically for each quilt

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    If the batting is cotton, it can crease.
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    ]I think that fabric stored in a space bag would come out with lots of wrinkles.


    Actually it doesn't come out wrinkled. When my sister passed I was sorting her things and needed a better way to store some of her things. I put pillows, blankets and afgans in the space bags and stored them. That was 3 years ago and they have held the suction. I sorted her fabric and put it in space bags untill I could get t he appartment cleaned out. The ones that I have opened, the fabric is just like it was when I put it in them. When you release the vacumn the air just poofes the stuff back up to normal. I only had one bag out of the whole kit I bought that didn't hold the seal. But , in my opinion, you need an undisturbed place to store the filled bags. They can be heavy filled. I decided that I would rather haave my fabric wrapped on the boards than in tubs or space bags. I have 8 bookcases filled with my fabric on the boards. Love that method of storing it. Of course I do still have some tubs. But at least I have a working selection of fabric to use off of. I go to the tubs when I need something different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    I was thinking of using one to ship a quilt. Thought maybe I could shrink it down to a smaller size so I could take advantage of priority shipping in a smaller package. What do you think? Since it's only short term I thought the wrinkles might not set in too badly. Be interested in any opinions.
    That idea scares me. What if something poked a hole along the way: the quilt would "explode" back to its original size. The wrapping with the label could become separated from the liberated quilt.

    If you do go with the idea, I'd secure a second label to the quilt with safety pins for "just in case."
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    I don't think I would store any of my quilts, batting or fabric. I think all three would get permanent wrinkles.
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    I've never had any luck with space bags staying vacuumed, but I do use them as dust protectors or to keep projects together.

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    I love my space bags... there are however good quality ones and poor quality ones... the use of a bag should be fine for shipping, but agree with ouths of including instructions for proper storage.
    I made a recent trip back from Tx... where my mother .. dear as can be.. but tends to purchase LARGE or BULKY gifts... I traveled via a single carryone suitcase. Well, mom bing mom.. she purchased a large fluffy queen size quilt, a fluffy robe, a number of pairs of thick sweatsuits and a jacket.... I used the large space bags ( 2 in my carry on suitcase) and everything made it home to MN.... My only fear was that TSA would open the suitcase/spacebags and then my good should be cooked ( one large space bag was too fluffy and large to close the suitcase before vacumming it down.. the 2nd large space bag fit nicely and flat on top of the other.... wt of suitcase 38 #..... I have used them in traveling before and yes,, u do need to be aware of fabric gets heavy quick!!

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    I have never had any luck with space bags - they leak! Instead, I use tall kitchen trash bags and suck out the air with my vacuum...twist the top and seal with a bit of duct tape - this has never failed me and costs next to nothing!

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    I have stored some quilts in space bags and had to take them out after over a year in the bags. They came out of the space bags in GREAT condition and I have had no problems with them what so ever. They are antique quilts and they have been out of the bags since October and seem to be in the same shape they were in before I put them in the space bags originally over a year and a half ago. I would not be afraid to do that again. I believe that with all the air out of them, it is not the same as storing in plastic bags alone. Just my experience.

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    Nothing I have ever stored in Space Bags has come out creased. But I agree you need to use the good quality bags.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    If the batting is cotton, it can crease.

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    I use Space bags all the time. For storage and for mailing and shipping.
    The trick to avoid wrinkles is to fold them on the diagonal. The fabric gives and moves on those lines. When you open the bag again there will be no wrinkles. If the quilt looks a little flat a few minutes in a cool dryer will plump it again.
    I couldn't live or manage shipping costs without those bags. I don't use expensive ones, just the selection from the local $ Store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingsusan View Post
    I have not had ANY luck with the space bags...they leak. Some people have very good luck though, but imho they are not worth the money.
    I can't get them to work either. I put them in the closet all shrunk down and a few days later I look and they've leaked and everything is falling out of the closet. I'll never use them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingsusan View Post
    I have not had ANY luck with the space bags...they leak. Some people have very good luck though, but imho they are not worth the money.
    I agree with above. I have bought and used sets of them twice and each time they have leaked.........and the clothes came out very wrinkled....so-no-mo.......each bedroom (3) has a cedar chest at the foot of the bed and they are "loaded", each quilt is in a pillow case then set into chest.....no problem..have done that for several yrs now......tablerunners, wall-warmers, etc things are in bins in sewing room..........under work tables.........but am running out of room...now what!!!!!!

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    Space bags work great for me....but I am using the authentic SPACE BAGS. Was amazed when I traveled and used the space bags for clothing, not a wrinkle in anything. No need for the travel iron I took with me. And for single items, used a zip lock bag, which I rolled to take out air, again perfect. I don't understand the science of the whole no air thing, but it works. I would not be afraid to store anything in them.
    Last edited by MartiMorga; 12-26-2012 at 06:46 AM.

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    OK, one more post. If I'm getting this right, you want to use the space bags, to shrink your quilt, to take advantage of the Postal Services Flat Rate Boxes. The main problem I see with your logic, while it sounds spot on, is that when you shrink the quilt, it becomes very stiff. Given that stiffness, unless the quilt is very small, you will have a difficult time maneuvering the quilt into the box. Logically it would work great, but in normal life, not so much. BUT!!!!!! try and see how it works. My visual may be different from your actual. If I have it wrong, never mind!! LOL
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