Hey there, this is agedtoperfection here. Check out my post under ” why can’t I get a vacuum seal like a regular vacuum bag?” This has been a very successful method for me. Ideally you want to get out as much air as possible, but I have found out a little air won’t hurt one bit. Once the bag has adhered to the meat, which only takes a day or two, that’s it. I never use a machine any more.Has never failed me yet. I have tried all of the methods posted on here. None works better for me than mine. Let me know how things turn out.