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Old 02-18-2012, 06:20 AM
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Question Space Bags for Quilt Storage--Good or bad?

Can quilts be safely stored in the "space bags" that have the air compressed out to save space? I have so many quilts that the "space bag" idea would save storage space. I have read that a quilt has to breathe.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:50 AM
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I do not know about "breathing" but those bags that I have used ALL wind up getting the air back in them. So, they did not work properly.
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Personally, don't think I'd put finished quilts in the space bag, but it would be an excellent space saver for unused batting.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:15 AM
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I've never had any luck with Space Bags. They ALWAYS lose the seal when I've used them. I also don't think it's a good idea to store quilts in plastic. Just my opinion of course...
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I would not use them for quilts. Cotton does need to breath or it can begin to break down much the way a compost pile does. It is a natural material. Cotton against any petroleum product or wood product can cause a chemical reaction and is usually what causes the rusty looking marks on old quilts. I store mine in cotton pillow cases in my closet and then air and refold in a different way every 3-4 months. They were all made by my grandmother in the 20's-40's.
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for short term storage ok---but they would need to be taken out (often) fluffed & refolded- or your will get permenent creases/and possible discoloration (since they are not acid free)
it is never a good idea to store quilts long-term in plastic
acid free storage containers- are best choice- if you need to pack quilts away- you can get ones that fit under the bed.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:37 AM
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Thank you for your information!
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:52 AM
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I use them for storing my batting, Hobbs and W&N cottons. Maybe that isn't such a good idea if what you are saying is true. Sounds logical. Maybe need to rethink the idea. (Or get my act in gear and finish some of these quilts I am making!!)
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It's not a problem. I was told to be sure to air them out every 6 months. They leak after about 4 months and have to be redone anyway. The bigger problem is that some people report an 'odor' on the quilt. Doesn't happen to me so it may have something to do with storage conditions.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:58 AM
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The one thing all fabrics need for their 'health' is air. For that reason, I wouldn't use space bags for much of anything let alone quilts.
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