View Full Version : Space bag and yarn

04-13-2008, 09:06 AM
Has anyone used space bags for yarn storage?

I have just discovered that my "yarn room" may need to be used this summer for an unexpected long term (6months) "guest". I am VERY short on storage space and am wondering if bags would be the answer.

I can't think of any reaqson NOT to, I store my seasonal clothes in them all the time. I hate the idea of having to "store away" my yarn, but it is temporary (if long term) and I want it to be safe. There is some chance it may need to go outside in a storage barn, would you put the space bags inside a storage container?

04-13-2008, 09:12 AM
I would put them in a container. Mice can chew through most anything and whatever protection you can come up with will help. I've had an angora sweater chewed through by mice and took precautions after that.

04-13-2008, 10:25 AM
I used the bags and put them in my shed. The vacuum didn't last for some reason. Even in the house they didn't keep it. So take care that the vacuum it good and mice will also eat through them.:shock:


04-13-2008, 11:15 AM
The vacuum didn't last for some reason. Even in the house they didn't keep it

I found the same thing and thought I was doing something wrong.

04-13-2008, 12:06 PM
REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:noway: :noway: :noway:
How dissappointing!!!!!!!!!!! I just ordered (on ebay) 10 cubes. I have not used them frequently but not had trouble with the vacuume breaking. If I do use them to store yarn, I will put them in a rubbermaid container.

04-13-2008, 12:37 PM
I was thinking about getting some of this for the exact same reason.Guess I won't be getting any if the vacuum doesn't work

04-13-2008, 01:23 PM
I've used the storage bags w/ vaccuum many times... especially on quilts. I open them every 4 or 6 months, refold and vaccum them again.

I use one to store yarn.. it works great, but I keep them in my house.. mice can & do eat through all kinds of stuff..

04-13-2008, 02:39 PM
I wonder if you just need to be careful where you store them. Mine have been stored under my bed where nothing can puncture them. Even a small pin hole would cause loss of vacuume over time.

04-13-2008, 02:44 PM
And they poop everywhere! How does so much come out of one little thing? Do they drop a turd with each step they take? We've had an issue here and it's driven me up the wall!

04-13-2008, 06:49 PM
I've found that if you store the Space Bags flat, the vacuum seal stays in place. If you store them upright, then they lose the seal. This is based on my personal experience using them.

04-13-2008, 06:59 PM
I have yarn stored in the space bags. Some bags hold the seal, while others don't. I think it's a bag defect. I have them standing and laying flat, with the same bag always losing it's vacuum seal. The yarn in the bag that kept it's vacuum has been like new when I take it out.

04-14-2008, 06:44 AM
That is what I thought is must be a defect. With the prices of some of the bags I just started putting them in bins with a good seal. I haven't had any problem with mice in the shed of them getting into the bins.

Ya they do poop a lot for such a small critter.:roflhard::roflhard:


04-14-2008, 11:43 AM
Gosh, I thought it was just me! I'm constantly having to revacuum my bags! I just go over the seal about 30 times to make sure it's closed. Odd shapes are hard to seal too (hard things like plastic toys or hangers.)

The only negative to vacuuming-sealing yarn is the papers get messed up. They get crinkled and will fall off of skeined or balled yarn if it's not glued in. (Does that make sense?) It's just a minor nuisance if you know which yarn is which.


04-14-2008, 12:37 PM
We always had a cat or 13 when we lived in an area with rodents, problem solved.

04-14-2008, 04:02 PM
I'm not especially concerned about mice, as far as I know I don't have any. I just want to keep the yarn free of dampness, dust and the possibility of insect or rodent damage should I need to store it out in the shed for a few months.

I think I will use the apace bags and place them inside a rubbermaid container. I have found in the past that the rubbermaid containers alone are not adequate.