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Old 05-02-2010, 04:39 AM
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I've heard/read that one should not store fabric in plastic

How about plastic totes? I had my husband drill air holes near the top of some of mine - was that a good idea or not?

How about plastic bags? I just read about storing cut pieces in baggies - which would not be an issue if they get sewn in the near future - but what if they are left in them for many years?
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I have had fabric in totes for years, and it seems fine.
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I have, too. I do give fabric a "yank" test to see if it seems more fragile in any one spot.

I do try to rotate the contents now and then.

(Translation - I root about looking for something and dump the fabric back in the container)
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:45 AM
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I store my fabric anywhere i can and in anything that works. I have never had a problem. I have fabric that is years old and is still in fine condition.
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I store fab in plactic containers, too. Every 6 months I go it and play around with them to let them get some fresh air. My way to get inspired and see what's hiding in there, Just don't have direct sun it them.
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90% of my fabric has been stored in large plastic bins for years. No problem, in fact, because I store my fabric in the basement it doesn't get musty!!
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:09 AM
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How about ordinary cardboard boxes?
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:42 AM
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Cardboard boxes are acidic and can cause damage, too. I use plastic, and have never run into any problems. I guess the true test will not be for a hundred years to see which holds up better, but for shorter term, totes work and are affordable.
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Fabric warehouses and storage have fabric on cardboard bolts and wrapped in plastic and it's kept that way for a long time. I have mine wrapped on fabric boards I cut myself from Wilton Cake boards on bookshelves. I'm not the least bit worried it will ruin before I use it. If it does get discolored then it will be a new color for me to use.
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Originally Posted by bearisgray
I have, too. I do give fabric a "yank" test to see if it seems more fragile in any one spot.

I do try to rotate the contents now and then.

(Translation - I root about looking for something and dump the fabric back in the container)
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