Traveling with a Sewing Machine

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Hello! I hope you can help me. I will be traveling soon (flying abroad) and I would like to take my sewing machine with me. Should I keep it in hand luggage? What do others do when flying with their machines? Any tips would be great. Thank you!

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This is a great question. I would recommend traveling with your sewing machine as carry-on luggage, as that would be safer than checking it and risking it being dropped or roughly handled. There are many different varieties of carrying cases that you can purchase, many of which are hard sided and come on rollers. (Here are some good ones.) If you plan on getting one of those just make sure that it fits the dimensions of standard carry-on luggage.

I also recommend removing anything that could potentially be an issue with security, as they will most likely make you open the case and show them the machine – this could include needles, scissors, snips, screwdrivers, and other tools. All of these should be packed in another bag and checked.

Hope this helps! And happy traveling!


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7 Responses to “Traveling with a Sewing Machine”

  1. Kristin Crocker

    was disappointed to find that the store is no longer available?

  2. Melinda D Gregory

    Do not put your machine in checked baggage!! I did a carry on on a flight and then decided to check it on the way back. Not good. Machine is a Featherweight 222 and when I got it back the back "leg" was broken off and I had it in a hard side case with lots of fabric padding it. I love traveling with my machine but will always keep it with me from now on.

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