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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Preserve Your Vintage Sewing Patterns Longer By De-Acidifying Them

How To De-Acidify Your Vintage Sewing Patterns

Vintage Sewing Patterns are novel for their nostalgia, their styles, and quality of clothing that can be created from them! Sewing Seamstress has posted previous articles about Vintage Sewing Patterns, however, this article will help you keep and store your Vintage Sewing Patterns for a much longer time by preserving them. Some sewing patterns have an acidic content in the paper; other sewing patterns were made without an acid content on them based on the type of paper and ink print on them.  Acidic sewing patterns tend to deteriorate much faster than non-acidic paper. They can be de-acidified so that you can properly store them to preserve your Vintage sewing patterns for many future uses. (

To de-acidify your Vintage sewing patterns you will need an Acid Test PH Testing Pen that can be found here,  and Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray in a can found here.  You will take the Acid Test PH Pen and mark a straight line any where on the envelope of your Vintage sewing pattern. The line you have marked will dry in different colors. Below is what the different colors mean in regards to the acidity of your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelope.

A purple line means the Vintage Sewing Pattern is not acidic.

A green line means the Vintage Sewing pattern has some acid in it.

A yellow line means the Vintage Sewing Pattern is very acidic.

If you have a purple line on the envelope of your Vintage Sewing Pattern you will not need to use the Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray, however, if your marked line has dried to either the green or yellow line you will be required to spray your Vintage Pattern Envelope with the Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray.   The Krylon Make It Acid Free spray will neutralize the acidic Vintage pattern envelope. Please spray your Vintage sewing pattern in a well ventilated area so that you do not inhale fumes. The best bet is take your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelope outdoors or in a well ventilated area so the fumes can quickly leave the area. Let your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelopes dry, then properly store them in plastic ziplock bags, and file them in your filing cabinet.

If you have vintage newspapers or comic books you would like to preserve, you can perform this test on them also to preserve them. You simply follow the same instructions for them as you would for your Vintage Sewing Patterns. You will store the newspapers, newspaper clippings, and comic books the same way as you would your Vintage Sewing Patterns to preserve them. Paper does not last forever, so helping the paper in this way ensures you will have your favorite items around much longer. If you liked this article, and would like to read more articles like it, you can subscribe to this blog for more upcoming articles filled with information to help with your sew creative projects and needs. 

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