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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Moving across country and want to take my machine too ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Moving across country and want to take my machine too
How do I transport a sewing machine across the country?
DorkyChic

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Date: 6/19/06 2:10 PM

I'm going to be moving from California to Minnesota in a month or two and need to know how to get my machine across without it jiggling to death. It's a mechanical Janome, so thankfully no computer board parts but I'm still afraid of it getting shaken by the move.

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Date: 6/19/06 2:24 PM

I would be tempted to take it to a pack and ship place and let them pack it up for you.
Or, if you're driving, pack it and take it with you. Depending on the movers, I'm not sure I'd trust them with it.

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Date: 6/19/06 2:26 PM

Yes, make it one of the things you move yourself. A highly rated moving company killed my machine in a local move.

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Date: 6/19/06 2:35 PM

I have moved my sewing machine across the country several times in its carrying case without a problem. Of course it came in the car I was driving also. Welcome to Minnesota.

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Date: 6/19/06 3:32 PM

Hi and I hope you like Minnesota! My home state, though I don't live there now. I have moved my sewing machines many times. I recommend you never throw away the original box if it had one because that is your best bet - pack it in there and take it in your car if you are driving, or pack it in the box and tape very securely and let the movers take it, or if you are going the U-Haul route, you can make sure it is in there nicely and not where it will fly around and thump things. DO NOT check it through on an airplane.

If all else fails, take it to a UPS store and have it professionally packed, insured and sent on ahead if there is someone you can send it to. That's what a lot of people do with their PCs now even for a long temporary assignment.

(I am not associated with UPS)

Good luck!

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Date: 6/19/06 3:49 PM

For electronics, UPS will bubble wrap the item and put it in a box with stryofoam peanuts. They will then put that box into a bigger box with more peanuts. Since your machine is mechanical, you could bubble wrap it to death and put it in a box with crumpled newspaper or styro peanuts that you can buy at WalMart or Staples. Having the original box is always nice, you wouldn't have to go to all that extra packing. Watch it with your valuables when moving. My sister recently moved and she let them pack her camcorder instead of taking it in her car. One of the movers later stole it with all the videos she made over the years of her children. He probably threw away the videos and sold the camcorder. Good Luck on your move!
-- Edited on 6/19/06 3:51 PM --

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Date: 6/19/06 3:50 PM

My machine always traveled with me in the car; if that meant we had to ship one of the kids - well - one must prioritize. ;)

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Date: 6/19/06 5:01 PM

You're too funny Karla!

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Date: 6/19/06 5:05 PM

One thing I am thankful for is the ability to sew...probably an invaluable hobby when I'm all holed up for the winter there! I go stir crazy when it's just me and the computer, even with high speed internet.

During a discussion about weather outside of California, my east-coast friends mentioned "sleet." I asked them what sleet was and boy, I thought sleet was a bad word or something, what with the way they laughed.

Yeah...I'm scared of the winter there. Is there snow where you live, during the winter?

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Date: 6/19/06 5:07 PM

Quote: muffet
I have moved my sewing machines many times. [...]


If all else fails, take it to a UPS store and have it professionally packed, insured and sent on ahead if there is someone you can send it to. That's what a lot of people do with their PCs now even for a long temporary assignment.

Thanks Muffet! Now I feel more confident about the move...I was thinking about checking it in at the airport but am happy to have been advised otherwise. I hadn't thought of the UPS idea at all...thanks!!!
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