Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Shipping of Your Featherweight




From: (Carrie Bryan)
Subject: oiling; shipping; attachments box

WRT shipping: I live in CA; the woman who sold me my FW lives in upstate NY.
She shipped it to me UPS and it came through in perfect condition. She fil-
led the inside of the case with styrofoam peanuts, every little nook & cran-
ny, under and over the tray. She then put the case in a box that was also
filled with styrofoam. On the UPS form she described it as "machine parts",
because she thought it might disappear en route if she called it "sewing ma-
chine", and she insured it. And as my cats don't take delivery and I didn't
want the box sitting on my doorstep all day, I had her send it to me at work.
This worked out beautifully.
Subject: UPS

i have mailed a fw by ups blue, and packaged it with insulation around it. i
suppose you could use bubble wrap or even fabric. put the machine in its
box, then wrapped box with insulation (fiberglass, can you believe)! it
arrived safe and sound; i had insured it for $500 just in case.
good luck. have it sent because the one that went to gainesville has made
several wonderful things already!

ellen b.
From: (Gretchen McKinsey-Clarke)
Subject: Re: Shipping & manuals

I've shipped a couple of FW's and had them arrive in perfect condition. I
used a box that had plenty of space all around the machine, especially at
the top and bottom. I recently got a new printer and the styrofoam inserts
were perfect to put under and on top of the FW case. Inside the case I
packed with lots of wadded up newspaper, especially around the spool pin.
Outside the case was also packed with newspaper. The box was marked all
over with up arrows so it would never be on it's side or upside down.
Mainly I think the box must be large enough to do some serious packing. If
you let someone else do it for you (like Mailboxes USA) make sure they use
a large enough box.
Subject: Packaging

There is not perfect way to pack to insure absolutely no damage. However,
there are some important guidelines to save injury to the machine. There is
a packing material called "ethafoam" (a DuPont product) which is relatively
inert and very stable. It is siimilar to the pellets used to package
material and is often used to pack items such as computers. It is a shiney,
white and slightly sticky foam. It comes in various thickness and the
different sizes can all be used. The 1/4" can be used to wrap the heads of
the machines, while the 6" pieces can be cut to stabilize the base. Someone
hit on the correct idea last week when they mentioned packing the case
separately. The machine should be packed in one container and the case in
another. If the ethafoam cannot be found, use lots of the pellets. Surround
the head to a thickness of at least four inches with the pellets, between
the head and the box, that is. And be sure to put a four inch layer on the
bottom of the box, to keep the base from being near an edge of the box.
There is not a lot anyone can do to make sure a box stays with the intended
top side up during shipping. Too many people, time limits and variables.
The case should be packed in it's own box, using the same guidelines. Fill
the interior with pellets and surround the case with at least four inches of
pellets or foam.

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