Traveling with a Sewing Machine

January 17, 2017   /   bymaddie  / Categories :  Feeds

It was a few days ago that I hopped on a plane and flew across the country to film a tutorial for Mimi G’s Sew It Academy. Just one week after the shooting incidence at Fort Lauderdale airport, I was hesitant to take my PFAFF Passport 2.0 with me. I mean, my outfits are always a little suspicious… throw a sewing machine into the mix and I’m a security risk ; )

Thankfully, I had ZERO trouble traveling with my PFAFF. Security risks aside, it was easy to carry and fit in the overhead compartment on the plane. Before leaving, however, I did my research on traveling with sewing machines, and here’s what I found out:

  • First, determine if the machine and the carry case are within the regulation carry-on size and weight restrictions imposed by the airline. If so, you can bring it on the plane.
  • While I don’t suggest it, wewing machines can be checked. If you go this route, be sure to pack it really well to avoid any damage.
  • When going through security, the machine must go in its own bin.
  • Remove needle(s) and tape down any piece you might be worried about coming loose. I put a pack of needles in my checked bag. Also remove the thread.
  • After I posted this photo, a few folks commented that per @TSA, scissors are acceptable as long as they’re under 4″ long. Thanks @baylore and @ateliebasile!
  • Have any questions about do’s and don’ts of flying? You can literally ask @TSA on Instagram.
  • According to this page on TSA, sewing machines are not a prohibited item. I saved that page to the home screen on my phone just in case I was questioned.

Thankfully, I had no problems going from PHL to LAX and back. They didn’t inspect it, but did ask if I sewed. No, I just carry a sewing machine with me for fun…

Have you ever traveled with a sewing machine? What are your tips? Did you have any trouble?

Please note that when I was traveling, I DID have the hard case on the machine. I took it off for the photo.


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