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Any ideas for hauling my machine

Susan -homedecsewing | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi all, I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to take my old faithful, now extra, sewing machine with me on a plane to leave in Ohio, so I can do sewing for my family when i go to visit. I’m rather leery about sending her thru baggage,even boxed up tight . Any suggestions ? She seldom see’s the light of day, and I would like to keep her alive, she’s done nothing wrong, just got old , like me.


  1. amapola | | #1

    A few months ago, I bought at Jo-Ann's a carrying case similar to the suitcases that have wheels and a  long handle. I take my machine in it when I go to workshops or camping.  I think you can carry it with you and place it on the top  of you seat luggage storage. Call the airlines and see the size of the luggage you can take with you on the plane instead of cargo. You can then call Joann's and see if it's the correct size. I bought three for every machine that I have and they are good and sturdy for what I want it. Hope this helps, Amapola 




    1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #2

      Sounds like a winner thanks

  2. marijke | | #3

    A group I traveled with a few months ago had several people bring sewing machines in their carry-on's (they really were "wheel-on's").  This was for international travel.  The carry-on's were heavy, but they were allowed.  Wheels are definitely a must when you haul a sewing machine!  The cases didn't look much different from a big computer briefcase on the outside.


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    Becky-book | | #4

    Dear Susan,

    You might want to consider making some fabric covered foam inserts for the wheelie tote, so that the machine has no room to shift around inside, or you could use some of the fabric stash we all seem to have; then you would have "fodder" for the machine the minute you arrive!

    Happy traveling,


    1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #5

      Thanks Becky , I love the idea of filling the voids with fabric .at least I wont have to haul it back home!

      1. thehat | | #6

        that is a great idea then if you get were you don`t have time to shop for cloth you still have it with the machine  throw in a few pins and  a tape measure and a sissiors and a way we go

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          Becky-book | | #9

          Be careful about what you put in carry on luggage!!  Sharp things are not allowed in the carry-on luggage now days.  The shears will need to be in a bag that is 'checked-in' and placed in the baggage hold.


          1. thehat | | #10

            thats the fun just to see what they can find in a case with cloth and machine and pins and the like  thoes people at the checkin have no sense of humor one time I had a embroidery kit with a fold up sissiors and they made it ride in with the other bags but this girl  other girl came along with knitting needles that were about 14" long  double standart just because I am an older lady Ha!

      2. mygaley | | #7

        Perhaps some experienced air travelers can advise us about this: If I roll/carry-on my machine, then am I able to lift it to the overhead bin?
        If not, where can I put it? Just working this out in my mind. Galey

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          Becky-book | | #8

          I have not traveled much lately.... but in the past there were always helpful flight attendants (male and female) or fellow travelers willing to lift bags for me. I hope this is still the case!


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