luv2bake6 Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 2:59pm
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Where can i get a cheap, small, heat sealer for the cello bags?

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DDiva Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 3:12pm
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I sell cake decorating supplies (more info on my website).
A new heat sealer is going to cost between $150-$200.
If you have a vacuum sealer, it will also seal cello bags. If this is going to be a volume project then you may want to invest in the heat sealer.
If the new one is out of your price range, you might try eBay or Craigslist.

luv2bake6 Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 4:17pm
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Definately too expensive for me. Thanks. I just really want a small one and won't need it for volume projects.

chilz822 Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 4:27pm
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Have you tried the mini hand-held models? I had one years ago... has a magnet on it so it sticks right to the fridge and small enough to easily manipulate and get in close spaces.
Here's an example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Portable-Mini-Plastic-Bag-Heat-Sealer-Closer-A20_W0QQitemZ370156959218QQihZ024QQcategoryZ63510QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

-Tubbs Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 6:15pm
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You can also use a clothes iron. Set it on the lowest setting and raise it slowly until it will seal without melting. Works great!

Lcubed82 Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 6:52pm
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Several days ago, someone talked about using a hair straightening iron. I tried that, but I must have had the wrong bags, because mine melted. I was using the Wilton Clear treat bags.

sweetcravings Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 8:18pm
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I know you said the vacuum heat sealers are too expensive but i personally say that's the only way to go. I tried buying a small handheld sealer i bought at linens and things, i think it was around 20.00. Ya it was cheap but it was sh*t. thumbsdown.gificon_mad.gif It either sealed the bag in some spots and not in others or melted the bag straight through. I was so frustrated with it i returned it. I tried it over and over and never could get a consistent seal. I think if i had a large cookie order that needed sealing i would go insane using such a product, and likely would waste more $$ since i'd be throwing melted bags away all the time.
I ended up buying a foodsaver vacuum sealer and LOVE IT! I bought it at costco with a coupon. Not only can i use it on my cookies, i can also use it for my other food. I was so impressed by it, i could've sealed cookie bags all day. icon_smile.gif So i think this investment is justified and well worth my sanity. icon_biggrin.gif
JMHO
Suzanne

Amifsud Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 9:23pm
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I agree with sweet craving I have the foodsaver one also and I love it. I also use it to store ready sheet of NFSC dough so they are ready to use. It is worth every penny I paid for it. Food saver came out with the new stand up model that I gave my mom for XMAS and to be honest I like mine better cause I can see exactly where I want to seal to be on the bag. You can probably find the older model for less money now that the new one is out. Try Walmart.

Dileia Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 9:39pm
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http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=11351115

I have this one and i love it.

cookiemookie Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 9:43pm

I love using my Foodsaver.

I've had mine for a long time. It has paid for itself many times over!

I'm curious do the models you others use have a cutter? I was looking at Sam's Club and theirs didn't. Mine does and is very wide. I can actually seal 3(3x5) bags at one time. Mine sits on the counter and my DH made me a block of wood to support the bags while they seal.
I just line them up, seal and then slide the cutter across to cut any excess.

I'm looking for the time when I'll have to replace mine.

tripleD Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 9:55pm

I got a small 10" heat sealer from ebay for $8.00 and i love it. I looked up commercial heat sealers in the buisness part.

JaimeAnn Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 10:33pm

I have the Rival Seal-a-meal.. Mine works great and i use the sealing element on it for cello bags. It works great for storing fondant and gumpaste.


I cant vouch for how well the Deni vacuum sealer works but it has the heatseal element and it is only $25 at Walmart.

luv2bake6 Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 10:42pm

Thanks for the ebay and bed, bath, and beyond links. I'm going to get one of these.

CakeDiva73 Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 11:02pm

I got the 8" impulse sealer on ebay (out-the-door) for $39 and I love it!! I have seen the same sealer on different commercial websites for over $100 so I am not sure why they are so cheap on ebay but there are quite a few you can get for under $50.

I use them with the poly bags and at a lower setting, even with normal plastic bags. I love how they look sealed and the fact that they remain flat, whereas when I would tie and wrap with curling ribbon, the stiffer plastic bags sort of tweaked.

Here is a pic of the shamrock cookies I did. I tied a bunch of little bows one night watching TV and then I can just pick out the color I want and use a sticky dot to attach to the top of the bag. ( I usually put my business sticker on the backside too.)



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Lcubed82 Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 3:03am

I just looked on eBay- the impulse sealers are not nearly as expensive as I thought they would be! Several offer free shipping. I'll have to put this on the list for if I ever go public!

sweetcravings Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 2:39pm
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Originally Posted by Dileia

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=11351115

I have this one and i love it.




That's the one i tried and hated...goes to show you everyone has there own personal preferences. I dunno how you got a consistent seal from it but good for you if you got that little sucker to work. thumbs_up.gif

Redlotusninjagrl Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 5:02pm

I have a Food Saver and I LOVE it. Maybe I have a different model from the others with a Food Saver. To vaccum seal, you have to have at least two inches between the vacuum chamber and the end of the product being sealed. Otherwise, the air won't be sucked out. And if you want to heat seal only, you have to have at least one inch between the product and the heat element. That really limits what can be sealed. I use it for everything, but I am not sure I would use it for cookies. I would think that if you were to seal a cookie in a bag, you would want to get the seal as close to the cookie as possible (elminating as much air as possible). I would use it to freeze cookie dough, but I would rather have something else for cookie bags. That impulse sealer is pretty reasonable and it appears that you could get the seal pretty close to the product.

luv2bake6 Posted 22 Mar 2009 , 5:15pm

Icubed82, do you have the 8 inch or the 4 inch? If i were strictly to use it for cookies, do you think the 4 inch would be enough or should i just be safe with the 8 inch? ebay has both.

Lcubed82 Posted 22 Mar 2009 , 5:35pm

I don't actually have one. I would not go for the 4"- one description says to measure your item, then add an inch so you know all of it will get sealed. I don't see ever doing a cookie wider that 7"! I would get the 8" for cookies. The 16" is not much more expensive, but don't know when I would ever need that much.

luv2bake6 Posted 22 Mar 2009 , 7:17pm

Thanks so much!

TracyLH Posted 22 Mar 2009 , 10:38pm

I actually use a hair straightener (of course, just for this purpose!). I will say though that it is a bit of a bother as I do have to plug and unplug it so as to not get the heat too high. I use cello bags and it just seal the top. I then cover it with a cardstock fold-over tag and I am good to go, but I will say that the Foodsaver looks mighty nice!

Lcubed82 Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 2:55am

I tried the hair iron, but must have had the wrong bags. Mine melted into a stringy mess! I was trying the Wilton crystal clear treat bags from Michaels.

TracyLH Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 1:54pm

I use cello bags which are different from the ones at Michael's, but again, I do have to play with turning it on and off. Not ideal, but it works for me for now!

luv2bake6 Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 3:16pm

Ok, i just ordered the 12" sealer. I originally opted for the 8" but noticed there was not a huge price difference between the 8" and the 12" sealers so it never hurts to go bigger. Thanks for the info. I can't wait to get it and try it out.

Lcubed82 Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 4:10pm

The 12" looks great! I didn't even look at that! I just knew 16" seemed like overkill.

I looked at the FoodSaver- even if I already had a unit, it seems the bags would get really expensive for a lot of cookies.

luv2bake6 Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 4:23pm

Yeah, the 16 is too big and the 12 is just big enough to also seal small basket bags. For cookies, it's perfect. You're right, the bags would get expensive with the foodsavor. Thanks so much

Amifsud Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 4:51pm

I use the food saver unit with the regular celo bags. I just use the seal button for 3-4 seconds and it is done. I also line up 3 bags at a time.

sweetcravings Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 5:18pm
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Originally Posted by lcubed82

The 12" looks great! I didn't even look at that! I just knew 16" seemed like overkill.

I looked at the FoodSaver- even if I already had a unit, it seems the bags would get really expensive for a lot of cookies.




i also just use regular celo bags for my cookies, not the foodsaver bags that the machine comes with. You just have to be careful when sealing them to only press the seal button for a few seconds instead of the full 'seal' cycle the machine comes set with. No added expense for bags.

Lcubed82 Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 5:39pm

Thank you for the info on the FoodSaver!

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