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Date: 2/4/13 6:03 AM

Hi All,
We're moving back from overseas. The packers come on Feb. 13. I have the original boxes for the 440QE and the 730E and their embroidery units. Also the hard case for the 930. Packers here are NOT professional.
Are there any special tips? I want to do my best to ensure that my beloved machines, feet and accessories arrive safely.
Thanks in advance for advice. My husband says our stuff is just stuff and not to get too worked up. But I love my stuff and I've heard horror stories. I'm so afraid for the piano I can't even tell you.
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Date: 2/4/13 8:09 AM

I would have them in the original boxes then have the packers pack them in another sturdy box and line it with packing peanuts or Styrofoam.

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Date: 2/4/13 8:47 AM

Both my used 630 and just recently a 1020 were shipped to me in Bernina boxes with styrofoam inserts and arrived safe and sound. I think the styrofoam for the 1020 may have been for another machine, with some cuts made so it would fit the 1020.

I would try that for your 930 if you can-get a Bernina box with the foam inserts from a dealer (there's one in KSA, right?). Otherwise wrap in tons of bubble wrap, and double box. I would wrap the 930 separately from the case, and wrap the accessories inside the case.

A Pfaff I bought off ebay came bubble wrapped and packed with expandable foam and double boxed. Also safe. A Bernina Activa that was loosely packed with a variety of materials including old sheets wasn't so lucky.

Best of luck to you!

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Date: 2/4/13 2:47 PM

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I would have them in the original boxes then have the packers pack them in another sturdy box and line it with packing peanuts or Styrofoam.

I've always done this and I've sold several machines on Ebay (I'm indecisive!) and have never had any shipping problems. I've considered shipping them with just the original box as that's how they come to the dealer, but it makes me too nervous, so I always go to Staples and get a big sturdy box and put the original box inside that one with packing peanuts or tons of tightly packed newspaper. The newspaper thing only works if you have a LOT of it and can pack it very tightly in the box because it will compress during shipping. Also, be sure to get insurance on the package just in case.

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Date: 2/4/13 3:40 PM

I think you should pack the machines yourself with Styrofoam cut to fit, then wrap the package in plastic.

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Date: 2/4/13 3:40 PM

Your husband is not entirely wrong. I would be so happy just to go home.


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Date: 2/5/13 6:21 AM

A lot depends on your packers/movers. The absolute best packers we ever had was when leaving Japan. They wrapped and packed crates of fragile china, framed artwork, computers, a handmade wooden ship- the list goes on. They wrapped and doubled boxed and then built wooden crates. No damages, not a thing chipped, cracked or non functional. Not one scratch or dent in the furniture. It was unbelievable.
It went to FL and next move was by Mayflower to MT. That was our only good US experience. They also crated and took special, white glove care of the many Japanese fragile art items.
Other than that, we always had very nice but sloppy, inexperienced or inattentive packers mixed in with the knowlegable ones. You just never know. DH and I are each retired military and each of us was entitled to a packer/mover for what we owned separately so we have been through about 22 moving experiences as adults (also as kids since our parents were military). Claims were all between 1-4K each. Take pictures of object details, logos on the underside and, if functioning, turn it on and take a video with date stamp. Scan in receipts, certificates, apprasials, valuations and upload them with the photots to an online server. Take pictures of items clustered in groups with a date stamp after the crew arrives- it proves that the item existed to be packed. Write yellow stickies of special packing (like large cutting mats) and take pictures of the item with the note. If they don't pack it in a frame box or transport it flat and its damaged then its their fault. I can't tell you how many times loose items were thrown in a truck and never made it to delivery. I always disassemble myself and securely tape the screws/parts to the item they belong from. I use gallon ziplocks for remotes, cables and cords and tape, wrap or bond them to the item. On the last move I used some red and green distinctive boxes and put serge protectors, remotes and cables inside for all electronics in our Entertainment area. The boxes were highly visible and easy to find at the other end to set up quilckly.
I assemble items in groups according to where they are going in the NEXT house and label boxes with the name of that NEXT room- not what room they were packed in. I take a color marker after the movers pack and write down that and put a star on it if I want to unpack it on delivery day. Like heirlooms and fragiles- I open it on the arrival end before the crew leaves and take photos of damages and write it down. The foreman doesn't always like it, but I won't sign without first writing the damages on the delivery form. Not for everthing of course, just the starred boxes I open immediately and visibly obvious damages or missing items- the last move they lost our TV!
The last move was our first civilian one that we paid for and was one of the worst. I personally packed my sewing/serger machines and all electronics. I packed many sentimental fragile items. I had learned over the years the best tips and tricks. Original box, original styrofoam even if you have to buy it from your dealer. If you want to file a claim for replacement let the movers pack it. If not, you should do it- if you know what you are doing. Nothing I had packed in that last move friom MT to FL was damaged. Of what they packed, we had 3K in damages, missing items. The pictures before and after told it all.

One other hint- not helpful for overseas, or an unseen future home. But if you are stateside and know where you are going- take photos of every wall in the new home, print out and write walk length measurements. Take photos of every furniture item you are moving from the old home with measurements (it helps to do that first if house hunting). Print and cut out the furniture, decide where its going and tape or bag them to the new rooms. When you arrive and wait for the movers, tape the furniture photos to the actual wall of the new house. Also tape large signs to the doors if the rooms with the SAME name that you put on the boxes you marked. Now you don't have to follow the crew- they will know which wall to put furniture on and which room to take boxes to. Plus when the foreman does his walkthrough before unloading they already have a general idea of what goes where from looking at the photos and signs.

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Date: 2/5/13 6:36 AM

Another OS note: if you bought it OS and don't have a receipt and it is important to you - Go to the store and find that or a similiar item and take a picture of that item with the price tag on it. You can later translate currency on the price tag to file a claim. You won't believe how hard it is to find a similiar item stateside and unless you have proof of your claim they will appraise it very low.
I understand about your piano- we had one in our family too. But I have learned though that your husband is correct- they are only things.

Things have a life cycle so don't get too wrapped up in what happens. If you have to replace it try to look at the new item and smile because it makes you recall the wonderful old item. And hopefully you have the photos and wonderful memories of the joys that those things gave you!

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Date: 2/5/13 7:14 AM

I bought two sewing machine cabinets (long story)from across the country from the same shipper one as a repeat buyer and he did some of the best packing I have ever seen. Objects were wrapped as one might usually with bubble and such very carefully then wrapped tightly with some sort of plastic stuff,bagged and surrounded with some of that foam insulation stuff that solidifies. This was in a double box that had the wrapping then the shrink foam and lots of shipping tape of course. I had offered to pay for professional packing but he declined saying he was used to shipping things and it would be secure. I really liked the foam insulation stuff as it did not shift around like the peanuts or loose fill. He has some of all of it used but that stuff kept the inner box and the shock absorbing material from moving inside the outer box if dropped or tossed and he used plenty of it. I think if I have to ship something delicate I will use some of that expanding foam.If something is wrapped well and put inside a garbage bag for a second plastic layer, this stuff fills all the air spaces in both boxes. Dh had to help me unpack as it was so well done. I would probably do my own packing with my machines as I know I would be a lot more particular with doing a really good job. They don't really give a rat if it gets tossed about.

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