Sewing abroad! | How I traveled with my sewing machine through the holidays!

Hey y’all! I had a bit of a mental block the last few weeks, but here I am with some fresh new content. It’s crazy how sometimes -even the one thing you love to do -can’t get you out of your funk. I’ll tell you guys all about it one day when it’s not so… raw.

Before I hit a mental block, I spent 2 weeks traveling much of the east coast with my sewing machine over the Christmas break. And I normally would not travel with my sewing machine, but…c’mon, I  was literally going to be gone for 2 whole weeks.

I got a lot of feedback about my “on the go” sewing adventures and many of you wanted me to share some tips. So, here we go!

  1. Pack smart. Of course, your sewing machine is numero uno! But, decide which feet, tools, spools of thread and other notions that you need ahead of time. Pro tip: I packed my machine in my carry-on and my notions (which are mostly sharp objects) were packed away in my checked back. I even took the needle out of my sewing machine and put it with my other supplies.
  2. Prep ahead of time….if you can. I tried my very best to make sure all of my pattern pieces were cut and marked before hand. And if a pattern piece had an important mark… I made sure to pack the paper pattern piece as well.
  3. If you don’t have time to prep… do everything you can to make sure that your fabric arrives at your destination while you’re there OR find adequate space at your destination to cut out your pattern pieces. The most important thing to remember is that it’s not the end of the world if you can’t prep before your trip.
  4. Find the sewing space you need when you get to your destination. I got very lucky on my trip. I spent a week at my grandma’s house. She has a whole extra kitchen where I was able to use the counter and table space to sew. After I left my grandma’s house, I went to my boyfriend’s house which is much cozier. I set up my machine at his dining table, but I made sure that he was at work so that I could really spread out while he was away.
  5. Be prepared for strange looks at the airport. Anytime the TSA agent would go down the list of items that would need to be removed from a carry-on, I would use that as my cue to mention that I had a sewing machine. I got lots of smiles and laughs from the agents. Travelers in the TSA line were less than impressed.

But most importantly, don’t let sewing dominate your trip. I was going to be away for 2 weeks and I knew there would be days that my boyfriend had to work so I wanted something to occupy my time while he would be away for most of the day. I also knew that as much as I love being around my family, I would need an escape.

For the record, I did get a few projects started and completed while I was away…


2 thoughts on “Sewing abroad! | How I traveled with my sewing machine through the holidays!

  1. How timely! I also want to take my sewing on the road so I’m investigating lightweight travel machines. Great article as usual.


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