Do I Need to Save My Sewing Machine Boxes?

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We recently learned, 80% of sewists save their sewing machine boxes and 20% throw them out. 

Tell you the truth I didn’t know what the outcome would be. I was a bit surprised so many people kept their sewing machine boxes, but that is because I land on the 20% side of not keeping my boxes. 

If you work through a reputable sewing machine store with an experienced service center, you will not need to keep your sewing machine boxes.

5 Reasons Why You Should SAVE Your Boxes

  1. If you move and have movers moving your stuff. 
  2. If you “Winter” and “Summer” in two different locations. 
  3. If you ever want to SHIP your machine to a new location. Notice, we said SHIP not put on an airplane. We recommend always using UPS or FedEx to ship and insure a sewing machine. Airlines do not offer any insurance. Should anything happen during transportation airlines do not cover for any damage.
  4. You HIDE fabric in your boxes. 
  5. You do not live near a sewing machine service center and know you will need to ship it in to have it serviced. 

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need to Save Your Boxes

  1. Don’t have space to store them. 
  2. Your local sewing machine retailer is fully trained and experienced to take care of your sewing machine service needs. 
  3. You have purchased a sewing machine roller bag for transportation. 
  4. You are downsizing. 
  5. If you ever need boxes in the future after recycling them, call your local sewing machine retailer and ask for one. Most of the time they would be happy to be on the lookout for a box for you. Just give them a little time to locate one for you. 

If your boxes are taking up some valuable space, see which above category you land in and adjust accordingly. 

Or maybe you just give it to your favorite pet…

  1. Genevieve Menvielle says:

    I like the last reason to keep my sewing box, my cat loves it!

  2. susan frey says:

    I saved all my sewing boxes for quite a few years. When I moved to a small apartment I recycled them-it was really, really hard to do!

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Susan,

      Good for you! Plus you have Heirloom Creations as your awesome service center. 😉

      Sara Snuggerud

  3. Linda S koeberle says:

    I live where I have to ship my machines every time they need servicing or repair. I would have been charged an extra eighty dollars if I had not saved my box!

  4. glendel2 says:

    I expect to move within the next year & I like the idea that the original boxes will protect my valuable machines in the process. They are stored out of the way in the garage, so don’t take up any needed space in the house.

  5. Amy Cole says:

    One very important reason you missed; The serial number of often printed on the outside of the box. You will get a better price if you need to sell it.

    1. Cynthia says:

      The serial number is ALSO on your machine 🙂

  6. Tricia says:

    Love your Tutorials on the Bernina 480. Thank you. On this topic I’ll add my experience of this week. I bought my Bernina 480 from a reputable Platinum dealer here in England. He is fully trained in Bernina maintenance but he advised me to keep my Bernina box because if for any reason it did need to be sent to Bernina it needed to be in its original box. I suppose different countries have different ways of processing things. Odd though isn’t it. 😊

    1. Sara says:

      Yes, if you need to ship your machine in for service, it is always advised to keep the original boxes.

  7. Kimberly Gray says:

    My husband is a big believer in saving boxes from any large purchase. “You never know if you will need to return or exchange the item” is his philosophy. Fifteen years back we had his hardworking, neible daughter with us for a week for the sole purpose of helping her dad. So she and he cleaned out and rearranged our full size basement – only the learn that half of it was full of empty boxes!! Some things can be taken to the extreme!

    1. Sara says:

      That’s funny! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Penny Strine says:

    I Love mine because it’s big, pink, and holds some fabric and looks good doing it. Also, written on the front is Epic 980q and I love advertising. 🥰

  9. Aluminium Fabrication Auckland says:

    Such a nice blog on need to save my sewing machine boxes and I hope you keep update us with such great tips and information in future too. This is a great post; I will share as much as I can.

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