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Date: 12/26/13 7:23 PM

I'm going to be flying to a sewing seminar and need to take my sewing machine. I'm going to take my smaller Janome. I looked into a rolling sewing machine carrier but even the smallest won't fit under the seat. I instead bought a cloth carrying case and I think the machine will fit on its side under the seat. I don't want to check the machine in case it doesn't make it in good working order.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm feeling pretty stressed about it.

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Date: 12/26/13 7:42 PM

I took my 12 lb Baby Lock Audrey on a flight from Seattle to Dallas with no issues. I didn't want to put it on its side, so I put it in the overhead bin. :)

One online recommendation that I followed was to remove the needle from the machine plus any seam rippers because you never know what TSA will have an issue with (I wouldn't think there would be an issue, but it isn't worth the potential for issues for me). I put my spare needle packs and seam rippers into my checked bags.

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Date: 12/26/13 7:44 PM

I have taken my featherweight in its original black case, on a flight. I kept it at my feet rather than overhead. I got some funny looks going through security but otherwise everything was fine. I had to change planes once so that meant carrying it around, not fun but not impossible. The fewer plane changes the better, would be my advise.

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Date: 12/27/13 11:21 AM

Thank you. I didn't think of removing the seam rippers etc. ok, I can do this.

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Date: 12/27/13 12:08 PM

I put my Janome Gem in the smallest Tutto bag and it fits perfectly in the overhead compartments.

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Date: 12/27/13 2:27 PM

As a former flight attendant for a major airlines, the FAA requires all carry on bags stored under the seat or in the overhead for take off and landing.

Should you decided to store your sewing machine under the seat in front of you, I would not suggest you take a window seat but a middle or aisle seat. On most planes, the area under the window seat in front of you is narrow. Many airlines today charge extra for an aisle seat.

If you decide to put the sewing machine on its side and under the forward seat, once after take off you can bring it out and stand it upright in front of your feet if you have enough room. But you will need to store under the seat for landing.

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Date: 12/27/13 6:42 PM

Quote: woggy

If you decide to put the sewing machine on its side and under the forward seat, once after take off you can bring it out....

For a minute I thought you were gonna say...after take off you can bring it out & start sewing!

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Date: 12/28/13 11:03 AM

Thanks so much! Do you think I'll have any trouble getting through security?

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Date: 12/28/13 11:04 AM

I gave Southwest the dimensions of the smallest Tutto bag and they said its too big. Thanks though.
-- Edited on 12/28/13 11:05 AM --

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Date: 12/28/13 2:42 PM

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I gave Southwest the dimensions of the smallest Tutto bag and they said its too big. Thanks though.
-- Edited on 12/28/13 11:05 AM --

Just to be clear... to carry on or to fit under the seat?

The small Tutto is 17x13x9 ...

And that's smaller than the max carry on specs of any of the airlines shown on this site:

Max Airline Carry On Measurements

I'm not seeing the reasoning to want to get a s/m under a seat... because I need my bag that has all of my flight survival gear (normal purse junk, ipad, kindle, paper & pen, snacks, toiletries, water) to be accessible.

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