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Message Board > Sewing Machines > How do you pack sewing machines for a move? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 5/31/13 8:41 PM

We are in the process of moving and I really don't know how to pack the sewing machines (SM, serger, EM) to avoid damages.
I don't have the original boxes.
I'm thinking about first putting it in a bag, then bubble wrap it and put it in the box with peanuts.
Do you think that's sufficient?

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Date: 5/31/13 8:46 PM

How do I do it? In my car.

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Date: 5/31/13 9:02 PM

I am with Patti. It would go in the car with me and with anything else I didn't want broken. If you decide to put it in a box think about all the knobs etc. They will need to be protected somehow. Maybe bubble wrap will be enough. I have save my boxes for the last two that I have purchases. I never used to do that-empty boxes take up alot of room but I may move in the next year or so. Maybe someone else will have an idea.

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Date: 5/31/13 9:37 PM

I have moved cross country several times in the last 25 years. My sewing machines always go in the car. No way would I trust the movers. But that is just me. The animals and the sewing machines!

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Date: 5/31/13 9:40 PM

It'll be over seas so driving is not an option... :(

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Date: 5/31/13 10:09 PM

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It'll be over seas so driving is not an option... :(

I moved Bernina 1090 sewing machine from Australia to USA in 2004, and then the same machine + BL Evolution serger and another SM Bernina 430 all back to Australia in 2010. All are doing well.

I always keep the packing boxes and foam pieces which helps. When I unpacked my serger after purchase I actually took photos on my camera as the packaging was quite complex IMO. It was a great help.

My 1090 was a different story, seems DH had thrown out its box on arrival in USA! So We found a proper movers packing box a little larger than the machine. Put soft foam and a layer of fabric on the bottom, placed machine in box surrounded with foot switch, knee lift etc and packe more fabric, fat quarters around everything. Laft it to settle a few days, added more packing material and sealed the box.

All are doing well, needed a different plug for berninas but serger works off transformer to accomodate 220voltage here.

Good Luck with the move. Don't worry.

Edited to add: Depending on how long the sea voyage etc is, be aware that humidity can occur which is why I avoided using bubble.
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Date: 5/31/13 10:40 PM

If you have a dealer close to you ask them if they have a similar size. Some customers don't want the box or they may have 1 for a similar model on their sales floor.

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Date: 5/31/13 11:42 PM

If you cannot carry it on board, shrink wrap for moisture proofing, then check with your local UPS store for heavy duty packing supplies.

Place your new address inside the shrink wrap.


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Date: 6/1/13 2:50 AM

Good tips! I think i'll call the dealer for boxes similar size.

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Date: 6/1/13 3:21 AM

The last time I moved, I put all the heads on the floor of my car, and buffered between each of them with rolled up towels and bedding (and some of my fleece stash). Some of the heads went onto the back seat (on top of bathmats to protect the seat) and were buckled in.

If I were going to put them in a moving truck (either self move or with movers) I would go look in an industrial park for dumpsters that had printer boxes and grab out all the pre-form styrofoam protectors that come with printers. With an exacto knife, you can usually cut those to fit around the fragile parts of the sewing machine, augment it with sheets of styrofoam packing (you can get them at the UPS store and other places) and then use strapping tape to hold it all together into a box-ish shaped bundle (you'll have to wrap the tape so that it's fairly tight AND eventually sticks to itself). then with more sheets of styrofoam, pack the bundle into a cardboard box.

It's work, but it's worth it. And I would NOT NOT NOT trust movers to do this.

If you have more than one mahine, be sure to package and label all your accessories noting which machine it came from and on each box note which machine's parts are in it. Use ziplocs and double bag the accessories.

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