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    Will my machines survive!??

    I have a concern about my sewing machines....we are in the process of moving to Minnesota from Florida (cuz I love the cold and I HATE THE HEAT....get those 2 answers out of the way of the enevitable questions, oh yeah and no I am not crazy) my concerns are I have 3 computerized machines that will be packed in a POD and shipped to Minn. They will be in storage here only for a day or so. Is the heat going to harm them? One is a Viking Diamond Deluxe and I would hate to have to replace it, actually I do not think my DH would shell out that kind of money for a second one, nor would I expect him to, in any event, any thoughts???

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    Is there any possibility that you could take the machines with you in your car? That would take away your worry. However, if you pack them real well and they are stored tightly so they don't bounce around, they will probably be okay. As far as the heat goes, I don't know if it will harm them or not. Perhaps you could add them to your homeowner insurance policy so if they are damaged, you can submit a claim????

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    How do you think machines get to the dealers?


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    If you are worried about the moisture caused by temperature change, throw in some of those silica packs into the machine cases. I save the ones that come in shoe boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alleyoop1 View Post
    Is there any possibility that you could take the machines with you in your car? That would take away your worry. However, if you pack them real well and they are stored tightly so they don't bounce around, they will probably be okay. As far as the heat goes, I don't know if it will harm them or not. Perhaps you could add them to your homeowner insurance policy so if they are damaged, you can submit a claim????
    Do you still have the original boxes? I have a Bernina and two Janomes and am moving with the military to AZ from MD in June. I do not have the original boxes so we are planning on moving the machines in the car with us. I do not think the heat will bother them much since they do get shipped all over the world and I have never heard anything about not being able to ship during hot summers I am mostly worried about moving companies not being very gentle with them....they can pack all my fabric LOL

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    Definitely list them and take pictures for your insurance company.

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    I did keep the boxes, hubby is very neurotic that way...lol and they are surrounded by immovable things, the only concern I have (had) was the heat and alot of very valid points were made. I appreciate the input from everyone. I had considered taking at least one in the car with me, but hubby says I should bite the bullet and have faith...Thanks for quick responses!!! Love this board!!!

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    How do you think machines get to the dealers?


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    When my husband was in the Army I shipped my machines right along with my household goods. I did my own packing tho. Remvoed the needle and put the foot down. Put pillows all around them and then let the packers seal them. I had no problems at all. Two moves were over seas and household went by ship, for days..... Still using the 1973 Singer Touch and Sew.
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    When I moved from Texas ( ) to Florida in the fall of 2011, I put my computerized machine in a U-Pac, pod like, trailer. It did fine, but then again it wasn't as hot as Florida is in the spring, but had a lot of days that were hot. I did have to store it for a month in Jacksonville in December. Not cold weather, but not 90's. Again, it did fine. I have been sewing on it on a regular basis since then.

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    I'd take my diamond in the car!!!
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    Good luck in your move. I'm with you, I don't cope well with the heat - I'll take the cold anytime. If it gets too cold I can just stay in the house and be cozy.

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    I have a Diamond and I would be sure she is well packed, and take her in the car if possible.

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    It seems to me, percentage-wise, you are more likely to have an accident or theft while on the road during a long trip than you would be to risk damage with professional shipping. And if the machine is damaged, your shipper has to pay. Be sure to have a receipt or purchase estimate letter from your machine dealer to prove value in case of damage. When the machine is loaded onto the moving truck, walk it out with the mover and discuss its loading with the driver. He is usually the one who will be on the truck dealing with the positioning of the loaded goods. Become his buddy and he will watch out for it for you. After all, they are professionals at this; it's the worker bees that *may* give you problems.

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    I, too, prefer the cold weather over the unbearable heat. I live in Oregon in the mountains where we get plenty of snow and cold. We can't plant anything until the middle of May or when the snow melts off Mt. Emily. We've had snow in June here.

    I had my new Bernina shipped in July from overseas to me and it runs fine. I wouldn't worry too much about the heat. But I would add them to my homeowner's insurance
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    After reading your concerns with moving and your machine. One time I was going to a quilting class, was with my sil and one of her friends. We all got our machines out at the store, the friend was just about at the door and the handle broke on her machine and it hit the ground. It was an old hand me down, it still worked, not sure how well. Just a lucky thing it did not hit her foot or one of ours. You see anything can happen not always in a long move, just a simple outing for a class. Your machine will be fine. Good luck.

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    Personally I would think the extreme cold may be more harmful. Freezing the heat. We have noticed when machines are packed in cars the night before in cold weather they take awhile to sew correctly.
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    I would put them back in the box they were in when you bought them. If you don't have the original box then just pack them into another box. Use as packing as you can. I think they will be fine.
    I'm with you, no way would I choose hot and humid over cooler weather. That is if I had a choice. We have a business and my Husband would never leave here.
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    I would take my Diamond in the car if at all possible. would not leave it in heat .

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    I've never moved with a computerized machine, but I've moved with my 1960's model Singer from Texas to California to Mississippi to Oklahoma back to Texas to Guam to Georgia back again to Texas to Maryland and finally back home to Texas again. The only damage it ever received was in my own house when I accidentally shoved it against the wall with the buttonhole attachment still on it sticking out behind and sort of dorked the needle bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    Personally I would think the extreme cold may be more harmful. Freezing the heat. We have noticed when machines are packed in cars the night before in cold weather they take awhile to sew correctly.
    Like any other electronic/computerized equipment, you're supposed to wait until they reach room temperature before you turn them on...let alone use them.
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    I've done several long distance moves, in the heat of the summer, and never had a problem with my sewing machine. You're using a pod where the machine will be locked inside, so that should stop any tampering with the shipment.

    We had one bundle of brooms/mops disappear in one shipment, an area rug disappear in another shipment, and one box of books disappear in the third shipment. Some furniture that wasn't wrapped was damaged. The worst was the movers who rolled my pine table top down the asphalt driveway. One dining room chair was broken in each shipment.

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    I just moved from Miami FL to Tucson AZ using pods my machines are fine. I packed them in my sewing machine bags and made sure they would not shift! I hated Miami & the heat but love the heat here!!
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    You will love Minnesota! Yes...we have the cold season, and the heat season, but we also have what's referred to "road construction season" It starts in the spring, and goes until everything freezes...just remember, in Minnesota you "can't get there from here"....without a lengthy detour!! Hope your machines arrive in one piece!!

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    If it were me, I would take them with me, certainly the Diamond. I lived overseas and took my now old Husqvarna
    with me on the plane. No problem
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