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« on: June 04, 2008 09:14:44 AM »

I don't have much storage-space for my yarn, so decided the other week to buy some space-saver type bags (the sort you vacuum the air out of) to store it in - the idea being that it would be compressed enough to go under our bed.
I bought some cheapie ones from Ebay.  got them the other day, and today I decided to organize everything.  Wool yarn in one, cotton yarn in another, sock yarn in yet another....  that kind of thing.

Got the vacuum cleaner to suck the air out - and THEY DON'T WORK!  Sad

I guess it is because they are cheapie ones and there is a leak somewhere that is preventing the air being vacuumed out - it is not my vacuum cleaner I know that because it sucks onto my hand quite nicely, but won't suck even a smidgin of air out of any of the bags I bought (yes I tried them all).

I can't even return them for a refund because the seller said "tough".  He is based in China (I know - should have known better than to buy cheap storage bags from a chinese seller!) and I have already left +ve feedback as they arrived very fast.

So I guess the moral of the story is not to buy cheap storage, and not to leave feedback until you have checked that the product actually works!

At least I can still use them to contain the yarn though as they do seal, they just don't shrink down to compress it.
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2008 03:25:23 PM »

oh no!  that's super sucky!  well, not really since the air won't suck out, but....  ok, that was bad.  i need sleep!

that is super lame, though.  i think i've had that happen, where i leave feedback before realizing that something is broken...  maybe you could change the feedback somehow?  or contact ebay to let them know that this seller is selling faulty products?
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008 05:45:51 PM »

Is there a way to seal the leak with duct tape? I know it's not the perfect solution, but maybe?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2008 12:02:56 PM »

Is there a way to seal the leak with duct tape? I know it's not the perfect solution, but maybe?

The problem is that I don't know where the leak (s) are... I can't find anything obvious, the seal is sealed tightly, but they will not deflate at all.  I suspect it is the valves themselves taht are faulty in some way and are leaking

And as one of the other posters said, it sucks!
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2008 09:46:53 AM »

You should be able to leave follow-up feedback on ebay. 

No chance of massaging the valves to get them to work?

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2008 07:15:09 AM »

perhaps you could take the yarn out, fill it with water and hold it from each side to see if there is a leak somewhere? Then mark it off with a sharpie and tape it once it dries out? It's a bit of a process, but could work out well in the long run.

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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2010 08:58:05 AM »

Personally, my mom and I don't buy the bags. We use garbage bags and seal them with packing tape/tie them. It's not the most perfect method -- usually some air does get back into the bags after a while, but you will be able to get your yarn under the bed before it reinflates. And then everything is where you want it to be. Or if you seal it good you may not have any reinflation.  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2010 06:30:54 AM »

This might not be helpful, but I put (some of) my stash in a large tupperware container and then cover it with a tablecloth and use it as a night stand. This way it is out of the way and doesn't look messy, but as a nightstand, I'm ensuring that the only things on it are my alarm clock and maybe a book, so it's always easy to get into the container.

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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2010 02:16:37 PM »

This takes up some room, but it works quite nicely for me. I've got two IKEA fngst hanging from the roof and most of my stash fits in it.
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