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Who else uses a FoodSaver?

I used to use a FoodSaver while growing up, and just purchased a new one at Linens & Thing using a 20%off coupon. http://www.foodsaver.com/ProductDetai...

Have had this problem with the first machine, took that back, and now have it with the second:

The first vacuum and the first one only goes fine.

All after that, a good vacuum doesn't happen. A lot of air is still left in each bag. Last night I tried it on leftover homemade fried chicken after it had cooled down.

Does anyone else w/ lots of experience on Foodsavers who could shed some light?

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  1. No help, but same problem... plus poor sealing. I think this is a case where it's inexpensive because it's cheap.

    1. Wow. After reading all the **highly positive** Amazon.com reviews on this, I was certain it had to be something I was doing wrong.

      Usually if I see a problem someone else has also and the Amazon.com user reviews will detail it.

      It's amazing to have such a huge failure after just *one* usage across *2* different machines. I've read that it could be because the tubes are clogged, etc., but I haven't used it enough to do that, and I've used it only with dry foods!

      1. I got one right after Christmas on clearance at Best Buy. It is the V2460 model. I love it. I picked up cannisters at BB&B today with a coupon. They came to $16+ change with the 20% off. They work well.

        Could it be that you are not using a big enough bag and not getting the bag opening down into the trough for drips? That is also where it vacuums out the air and the open end really needs to be down inthere. I know the bags are not cheap but they can be reused.

        1. I've had mine for a couple of years and use it constantly with the bags and cannisters. I love it. The only time I've had this problem is, as you mentioned, if I've clogged the tubes. I've let it dry out, and then it works fine - but you've only used it on dry foods. I'd say return it for a new one, but you've already done that. Are the edges cut straight and fully sitting in the well? I have the older model, the Vac 800, but had been looking at the newer ones because of the various sealing options. Hmmm, I'd be interested if anyone else has this problem.

          1. Are the bags fully sealed on the other end?

            Note: This only affects the bulk rolled material where you must "pre-seal" the one end, for the other end to accept a full vacuum draw down.

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            The rest would be back to the basics making sure the bag gets properly positioned in the vacuum trough and holding down the lid firmly. Make sure the seal ring has a bit of moisture and is free from debris.

            If the bag is not decently level with the sealer you may need to elevate or adjust accordingly between the sealer and the bag.

            If the FS is really important to you, seek out someone with the experience that can work with you hands on. It is a machine and those FS can really be fussy at times. Another person may help in finding some technique that can lead you to some proficency.