Since I’m sitting here bored, without any of my belongings, I figured I should probably do a quick “tutorial” on sewing while traveling.
Because if I had taken my own advice, I’d at least have a bit of sewing with me – or even my machine and I wouldn’t be watching a Star Trek marathon (the original to Voyager)…. again.
Ok, I probably would be, but with my sewing machine wirrrrring next to my laptop as it played.
First – is it actually possible to take your sewing with you?
Of course! For just hand sewing, there are so many different types of sewing baskets available, you could be stylish AND have something to do.
You could have vintage to traditional to just your style.
Even a tackle box would work if you’re not picky about what it looks like.
Make sure you’ve got everything you think you might need. But usually you can find it in a smaller scale. You probably won’t be cutting out any dresses on your hotel room floor, so large scissors probably won’t be necessary. Do remember your thimble for hand sewing. Unless you enjoy pain, or have no feeling left in your fingertips, you’ll want something for those hand needles.
This is probably a bit more then you’ll actually need – but you get the idea.
For those of us who like to bring their sewing machine with them, for say… classes, moves, long vacations, a craft night at your friend’s house or sewing with the other parents for a school function – what ever your reason, there is a way to safely and conveniently move your sewing machine AND your serger if you have one.
Several companies make varying styles of bags, roller bags, totes and luggage to carry your not-so-little precious all over and back. As always, it comes down to price and style.
One of my personal favorites, due to the functionality and color choices is Tutto. How can you go wrong with that many color choices after all!
Now that we have most of our tools and gadgets with us, let’s answer our second question.
Why would we want to sew while we’re traveling?
If sewing is only for when you absolutely have to – then you don’t really need much of these. A mini-kit in your luggage will suffice for emergencies.
If sewing is a passion, then a small sewing basket and your latest work to practice a little hand sewing, will do great. After all, once you’ve seen one corn field on your move…. you’ve seen them all.
If sewing is a little more of an addiction than say, crack – than you’ll want the luggage. And as the ReFashionista shows us, there’s always time to whip-up a dress!