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Date: 9/1/13 10:34 AM

While there are lots of posts about lightweight, 3/4 sized travel machines, I can't find a discussion about what notions to take! I don't have a specific project in mind right now, so I'm making of list of just the basics. On one hand, the choices seem pitifully obvious. On the other hand, I've forgotten to pack one or two critically needed toiletries/medications for previous trips.
When you plan to sew away from home (like 1500 miles away), what do you take?

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Date: 9/1/13 12:19 PM

What is laying next to the machine every day?

At mine are the magnetic pin catcher, curved cuticle scissors, regular scissors, an awl and tweezers.

Add seam ripper, pins, temporary glue, tape measure, seam measure, thread, chalk or fabric pencil, extra bobbins, sewing machine needles and hand sewing needles, thimble or those little stickies that protect like a thimble.

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Date: 9/1/13 12:23 PM

Flying, driving, rving? How long before you leave? How long will you be gone? How much space will you have once you arrive?

Much depends on the type of sewing you will be doing once you arrive.

I have gone to several sewing workshops away from home and taken my machine to the cottage. I have not taken it in the RV yet. All trips in a vehicle.

Choose a container that you will take, Tackle box, sewing basket etc. Place it beside your sewing space and as you use a tool, put it in the basket. (this only works if you have some time to sew before you leave). Soon you will have most the essentials in one place.

I tend to take my second best to classes. I have not had anything go missing, but I would be very upset to lose my best scissors, seam ripper etc.

I do not skimp on pins, hand sewing needles and sewing machine needles.

I have been known to bring my own iron, when staying in a hotel as hotel irons generally spit, heat unevenly and are generally useless. A couple towels help to pad out a hotel ironing board. I have a small ironing board that I can take if needed.

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Date: 9/1/13 1:01 PM

I like the idea of including what's next to the machine most days. I think I'll take several pictures of my work areas over the next few weeks. I'm flying to a very small town on the west coast. No Joanns or Walmarts anywhere close. I'm not planning on any elaborate project. I will have most workdays to myself over two weeks and would like to be able to sew some. Thanks for the ideas, especially the tackle box. :)

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Date: 9/1/13 1:06 PM

I just got a pair of small scissors with cover to take traveling. I was concerned taking an uncovered pair of scissors may be a problem. I bought the Gingher with JoAnn's coupons so they were quite a bit saving. Just a thought. Might also consider extra thread, you never know for sure if extra thread might be needed. ...
Safe travels.

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Date: 9/2/13 2:09 AM

If doing pattern work I take my 2 inch by 18-inch clear ruler. My removable tape as well as double sided removable tape. Pattern tracing paper and pattern. Design ruler or French curve.

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Date: 9/2/13 2:12 AM

Pins, needles, scissors, rotary cutter, thread, marking pens, etc for me. Just don't forget that lots of that stuff must go in checked baggage. :)

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Date: 9/2/13 6:26 AM

I have a machine I keep in the RV, and I cut projects out before I leave, so I know what specific things they take while I am out.

I rarely finish an item due to not having all the tools from a serger to a full sized ironing board to not having my button hole attachment. Some things I am not going to take, regardless of need.

I have a tool box I take with me. In it is a pin cushion full of pins, and more then I need, an extra pair of Gingher dressmaker shears, measuring tape, pencil, scotch tape, a bodkin, thread snips, one of the antique ashtrays that match the one at home, chalk, seam ripper, hand needles, thread to tailor tack and a hem guide. I have several items that get packed into it when I go (seam guide, thread for the projects, their notions and anything that they require I don't have).

I move it between the RV and the house. It never stays out there unlike the machine (although if we weren't in and out of it at least once a month, I wouldn't leave it there either).

I also keep a table top ironing board, a sad iron and a cheap iron out there all the time. I need to upgrade that to what I use inside, but haven't yet.

If I have a duplicate, I generally toss it in because you never know, but it is hard to travel and sew. Hard but not impossible and you will forget something.



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Date: 9/2/13 7:37 AM

I have forgotten my machine cord more than once! It is in a cabinet at home so easy to forget.
I laid the cord on my scanner bed and made a copy. Then I used that sheet of paper to begin writing my supply list. It stays in my travel case. Over the past year I have added and crossed off a few more items. It's nice to see what I crossed off- mostly a specific item just needed for that one class. So is a nice reference.
I also love found my notion boxes. They fit in my drawer spaces- small, plastic, stackable food storage containers with the tops that have 4 sections lipped over so its easy to open and shut with my arthritis. I leave the lids off at home and the containers act as drawer dividers. For travel the lids let me stack or pack them to fill spaces.
All I usually have to add to my container notions now are usually my scissors.
I recycled an old silverware storage cloth- the kind with pockets, roll it and tie it closed.
I am going on my first long distance overnight sewing retreat next spring. I have an iPad app called Travel Pro. So I am going to start entering my sewing travel list so I wont forget anything.
When I used to work, I traveled often. I would put my open bags on the guest bed a week or 2 out and start tossing stuff in. The day before I went down my list and added or removed items- including all my travel day clothes.
The final evening and next morning I got ready with just what was in the guest room. It was my failsafe way of knowing if I was missing a critical item.

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Date: 9/2/13 8:45 AM

I'm on weekend trip in the Rv now. I have a bag that I keep basic notions in for travel. I usually bring my ham and/or sleeve roll- needed the ham and forgot it.
In the bag is:
Sewing machine needles
Bobbins
Hand sewing needles
Snippers
Hemostat
Seam ripper
1x6 inch ruler
6x12 inch ruler
Measuring tape
Scissors
Rotary cutter
Pins
Safety pins
Marking pencil
Sharpie
Glue stick
Scotch tape
Steam a seam
Thread to match my project(s) as well as a few neutral colors if I find some fabric and want to make something now or to make a repair.
Awl
Painters tape
Bodkin
Tweezers for threading the serger
Items I leave in the RV during traveling season:
Iron (cheapie from target)
3/4 sewing machine in case I don't bring my everyday machine)
18x24 cutting mat (stored flat under the bed)
Padded rectangle ironing surface

-- Edited on 9/2/13 8:48 AM --

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