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How I pack a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine


This is an absolutely gorgeous Singer Featherweight with case, attachments and original 1.5 oz Singer oiler. It's had new bed cushions, motor belt and thread check spring, fully serviced and sew tested. I'm sure you'll all agree we wouldn't want anything to happen to such a beautiful sewing machine.

Looking in the top tray you will notice a small zip lock parts bag which this contains the original manual. Directly in front of the manual is another zip lock bag which contains the 1.5 oz Singer oiler. You have to be especially careful with the oiler. I always wad some paper towels around tin and bag it once, tape it tightly and bag it a second time, the last thing a customer wants to is oil over the entire contents of package. Another thing I like to do, because machine is shipped with bed in the up position I drape a paper towel over bed extension to protect the finish from rubbing against the faceplate screw. This next image will give you a better idea of what I'm trying to explain. When I say "paper towel" I'm not referring to the towels we have on a roll in our kitchen, the towels I use are heavy industrial grade towels which afford more cushioning then the average home paper towel.

The next step is you have to protect the finish of the machine in the event the bulb works loose in shipping and falls out ~ you'd be surprised at the damage this little bulb can do if it gets loose. The easiest way to protect the machine is simply remove the bulb, the only problem with this I've had customers who are unable to reinstall bulb so I've simply elected to practice protection of bulb intact. CAUTION never allow any adhesive tape to come into contact with sewing machine finish. Wrap a paper towel around entire bulb housing and head, taping well.

Wrap entire head to protect it from coming into contact with any foreign material, packing or otherwise. I use plastic grocery bags, printing outside always and then seal with clear tape. In the image, you will also notice I have wrapped the handwheel with fiberglass tape which protects the handwheel from moving in transit.

With the head now placed inside the case, I protect the head from any horizontal movement by fitting a piece of stiff styrofoam between the head and case. Be careful to notch the styrofoam to accommodate the bracket for the Singer oiler. With this done, I then proceed to pack foam chips around head and lay a paper towel over top of head.

I can't stress enough the IMPORTANCE of protecting all the components of sewing machine from coming into contact with any packing material. Your customer is not going to be happy having to pick foam out of the 3 pin plug or foam jammed into an oil port on head. Purchase some packing film (I call it saran wrap) at an office supply store and cover everything you think could be affected.

This next picture just shows the top tray back in the case over the head and some other things I mentioned earlier being put in zip lock bags. I should also mention after you've installed the top tray carefully, close the lid to see that there is enough clearance ~ if you've put too much packing below the tray, the tray will bind on the lid. If this is the case, then remove and adjust the packing below to accommodate the tray with just enough packing below that it holds the tray up slightly.

I've now positioned the foot controller, lube tube and oiler in the top tray. I've used blocks of styrofoam to prevent controller from moving, a few foam chips and a styrofoam insert to cover the lube tube and oiler in the left side of tray.

I now close the lid and measure if there is any resistance, I'm not satisfied as I feel there could possibly be some movement inside so I open the lid and insert 2 pieces of cardboard and then close lid. Perfect, I have to apply a slight amount of pressure in order to get the clasps locked, I'm confident now the entire contents of this case will not move. NEVER NEVER try and close a lid that is too TIGHT, you'll end up breaking off the rear hinges.

As I've mentioned before, NEVER allow any adhesive tape to come into contact with any part of the sewing machine. I use saran wrap to protect all finishes. I then tightly wrap case with fiberglass tape making sure I cover the case latches. Your now ready to box up this machine and case.

I use a single wall cardboard box with a minimum of 1.5 inches space around case and fill up with stiff styrofoam. This box had 2" of styrofoam lining the bottom, 1.5" on sides and 3 inches on end. Because I could only get 1.5 inches of protection on side I inserted another lining of cardboard between case and packing. When packing try and run full pieces of styrofoam from top to bottom, side to side and position in such a way that the styrofoam will take the load should the carton be stacked or receive a heavy blow. You will also notice I've protected the handle by doubling up some paper towels and laying this between the handle and the case.

I'm just about ready to close this carton up except for a couple more important steps. I insert styrofoam on top of case making sure the styrofoam is slightly higher then the handle. I want to make sure if any load is placed on top of this carton the load will be distributed over the entire top of case, if I don't protect case in this way any top load would rest entirely on handle possibly shoving it through top. I have cut a piece of cardboard to go over top of this and I'm ready for the next step.

I pack all the attachments and any smalls which all sewing machines have into a padded envelope and seal it up tight. I've also included shipping information in the event the exterior label somehow gets destroyed.

I fill this cavity with foam chips and insert a cap over top of all this with 1 inch styrofoam and manufacture a cardboard lid to contain everything.

Once I have the lid fitted, I tape the box securely. Please don't skimp on tape. You'll notice I apply a lot of fiberglass tape, I then cover this tape in very strong caution tape. I believe the tape is a very important part in all this, I mean this is what literally holds everything together.

Here is the finished job. This machine is being shipped UPS as per customer's request. The shipping information is in the clear adhesive envelope on top of carton and an additional shipping label is on the side.

I share this information with you from my own personal experience. I've shipped hundreds of Singer Featherweight sewing machines. Good luck, and remember "no sale is complete until your customer receives merchandise in good condition and they are 100% satisfied.

Please feel free to direct any parties involved in packing a sewing machine to any of these documents in this series.


Thank you,
Bob Bannen, former owner of sew2go

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