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Guidelines on How to Ship a Sewing Machine

how to ship a sewing machineSewing machines come in a variety of types, sizes and weight. But this packing and shipping guideline can be used for any kind of sewing machine. The idea is to provide enough padding to cushion the fragile machine in case of falls and rough handling during transport.  Here are practical tips on how to properly pack and ship a sewing machine.

Depending on your sewing machine's model, take out all removable parts like the bobbin winder and presser foot. It is a good idea to remove these parts as they make break off in transit. Place them in a seal-able plastic bag.

Individually wrap other parts and accessories that you wish to ship with the machine with bubble wrap.

Get the machine as small and compact as it will go.  All adjustable parts must be as close to the body of the machine as possible.

Bubble wrap the entire machine, making sure that every part is well padded by at least three layers of bubble wrap. Pay close attention in padding corners and other protrusions. Use a generous amount of packaging tape to secure the wraps and ensure that they don't come undone.

Take a sturdy shipping box that is large enough to accommodate the padded machine and provide extra space for packing materials. Layer packing peanuts at the bottom of the box.  Place the machine inside the box and fill nooks and cranny with more packing peanuts.  The box must be well packed to prevent the contents from moving around.  Close and seal the box with packaging tape.

Get a larger shipping box and fill the bottom with a generous amount of packaging tape. Place the smaller box on the center of the bigger box.  Fill the sides more packing peanuts. Lay the other parts and accessories on top of the inner box and fill the remaining spaces with more packing peanuts. Make sure to pack them in well to prevent shifting.

Close the outer box and secure with packaging tape.  Address and label the package and take to a shipping company.

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