I inherited a Vacuum food sealer, but I can't seem to get the good tight seal that is shown in the pictures.
I'm following the instructions as best I can understand, but I still can't get the hang-of-it.
any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong?
Make sure all the gaskets are seated properly
Make sure there isn't any grease where the seal will be
Make sure the bag is smooth where it sits on the heat strip
don't over fill the bag or try to be too conservative and leave too little between what you are vacuuming and the bag end.
Don't vaccum anthing that is too moist, freeze it first
Make sure what you are vacuuming doesn't have any sharp edges
I think you covered everything with the sealer, Kayakado! Also trying going online and finding the manual. Even older product manuals are online these days. Try doing a Google search using the model number and manufacturer.
We got a FoodSaver a few months ago and we love it! So much better than plain old zip top bags.
The only other thing I can think of to check would be the bags themselves. Be sure there are no holes in the bags and also be sure the bottom of the bags are sealed well if they are coming from a continuous roll. If the bags are not air-tight, the air will continue to pull through or leak in from the outside.