7 things to do before you sell your machine

Welcome all.  Over the past week, I have been sharing with you a few posts on how to best go about purchasing a second hand embroidery machine.  Today I am writing on a topic that many of you may have thought about.  How can I sell my current machine, so that I can upgrade to a newer model

Over the past 10 years, I think we have moved away from looking at an embroidery machine as a “one time” purchase.  The technology is constantly changing, and therefore, so are the number of machines in the second hand market.

I personally have sold 3 different machines in my lifetime.  I sell machines that I don’t need anymore, that may be a great introductory machine for someone wanting to get into embroidery, or just because I don’t have room for it in my office.

As a seller, you obviously want to get top money for your machine, and I am sure that you see the cost of what you have paid for the machine, along with the cost of what you are looking at replacing it with, and thinking “how can I get the most for this machine?”.  Let me help.

  1. Sell before everybody else!

    Now it may already be too late for this for you, however it is great advice for your next purchase.  If you have heard about a new machine coming out on the market, consider selling yours in the weeks before it hits the shelves.  Once everyone wants the new machine, they will all be competing with you to sell their old one.

  2. Clean your machine/get your machine serviced.

    I realise that you may feel this is a waste of money, however if you place a picture of the receipt for a full service on the site that you sell your machine on, it will show the customer that you have taken care of it, and it is in good working order.  At the very least, if you are not willing to have the machine serviced, clean the machine yourself (bobbin area, thread passage area), and using a good quality spray, and a lint free cloth, clean the machine so there are no finger prints on the screen, no dust, thread or grime in the top area, and the rest of the machine gleams.

  3. Get all of the tools/accessories together.

    Go through your sewing room, and locate every single item that came with your machine.  Ensure that all of the feet are included, if you don’t have the manual, download a copy of it from the internet https://www.manualslib.com, and search for your machines manual, and print it out.  Ensure that your hoops are perfectly clean, and hopefully have their templates with them as well.

  4. If you have some extra embroidery threads/stabilisers, consider packaging these up with the sale.

    You can sell this is helping the customer to get started immediately.

  5. Take fantastic photos!

    I cannot stress this one enough.  Place an ironed white sheet on the table (if possible to have it hanging up to use as a backdrop, that would be great), place the machine, all of the hoops and tools around the machine, and begin photography.  Take both distance and close ups of the machine, showing how wonderfully clean it is, and how many accessories you get.  I like to include pictures of the power cord and presser foot with this, as I was left feeling a little screwed over once when I “assumed” that a seller would include these items, and they didn’t – telling me that if it wasn’t in the picture, it wasn’t included.

    the photos above are fine, however all of the things in the background are distracting, and the fingerprints on the screen are horrible (just to note, this is an actual picture that i used to sell one of my machines).  Showing all of the hoops, along with the feet included is also a great idea.

  6. List your machine with detail.

    Include details of exactly what accessories are included.  Include details such as when the machine was purchased, of the stitch count that the machine has undertaken, and the reason for selling.  Encourage possible purchasers to ask questions.

  7. Respond to any questions quickly, have postage options at the ready.

    If you are selling on a site such as gumtree or ebay, it is likely that you will have to look into postage for the machine.  Take note of the boxed up measurements of the machine (some will need two boxes), and contact a parcel delivery service for a quote.  Most purchasers will be happy to pay for postage, and it could mean the difference between a sale or not.

Finally – Be reasonable.  In writing this post, I was looking on gumtree to see what machines were currently up for sale.  I was a little surprised to see a 13 year old machine, described as “as new condition – only used twice”, wanting as much as a 4 year old machine, of the same brand.  Whilst it may not have been used, the technology is now out of date, and the hoop sizes have increased so much over this time, that you will be hard pressed to get a top price for that machine.

I hope this assists you the next time you look at selling a machine.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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