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    Old 06-22-2018, 06:50 PM
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    I have a 306W and will weigh it tomorrow morning and will let you know the weight.
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    Old 06-23-2018, 05:50 AM
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    If it were me I'd place/pack in a rolling carry on suitcase, something that would fit under your seat. Ship the base home.
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    Old 06-23-2018, 06:05 AM
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    I would not use styrofoam peanuts for packing. They shift and won't keep the machine from sliding around in the box. It would be better to use packing paper or solid foam to pack top and bottom and around all sides. Be sure nothing shifts when shaken.
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    Old 06-23-2018, 06:51 AM
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    Originally Posted by Franny514
    I have a 306W that was my Mom's. The storage case is long gone, but the machine is on the wooden base. I'd like to bring it home with me on the plane the next time I visit. My question is, how can I pack it so it won't be damaged. Can the wooden box be easily removed and wrapped separately from the machine to prevent damage? Can I wrap it in bubble wrap, put it in a box and then put it in a heavy duty outer box? The airline says it's ok to carry it on the plane, but I'm worried about the weight of it because it is heavy. Does anyone know how much it weighs? What does the storage case look like, maybe I can find one? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
    Go to Mr. Google and ask "How to pack sewing machine for mailing." It has been a few years ago, but there is a detailed "How-to". It involved newspapers, styrofoam, peanuts, etc. I seem to recall that 70 pounds is a maximum for shipping weight.
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    Old 06-23-2018, 05:10 PM
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    Sorry I didn't get to weigh the machine this morning, but did just do that and it weighs 28/29 pounds according to my scale.
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    Old 06-24-2018, 05:16 AM
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    I'd buy one of those rolling sewing machine carriers that I used to see at the old Hancock's Fabrics stores. Surely JoAnn's has them too. Then carry it on the plane and ask the flight attendant to put it in their closet for the flight. I think that would be the safest way to get it home.

    Something along the order of these... buy the smallest one that it can fit in.

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    Old 06-24-2018, 04:42 PM
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    You might check out Fed Ex or UPS and see how much they would charge to pack the machine.
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    Old 06-24-2018, 05:11 PM
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    Originally Posted by JanieH
    You might check out Fed Ex or UPS and see how much they would charge to pack the machine.
    If it was my mother's machine, I would want to make sure it was packed correctly and wouldn't trust someone who has no interest in the sentimental value. Unfortunately, too many employees just do not care and are only there to take home a paycheck. Just my $.02

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    Old 06-27-2018, 03:48 PM
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    Pocoellie, 28/29 lbs? Great, thank you!
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    Old 06-27-2018, 08:32 PM
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    One thing I don't think has been addressed is that a vintage full size sewing machine in any kind of case/carrier is not going to fit under the seat nor do I think it will fit over head.

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