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Thread: Advice about flying with sewing machine?

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    Question Advice about flying with sewing machine?

    Hi! Do any of you lovely ladies have any advice for me about traveling with my sewing machine? I have decided to take the singer 301 with me when I go to Texas in March for a retreat. I do NOT want to check it. It fits in my carry on just fine.

    Do you have trouble getting through security? Did you need extra time? Will I need to remove it from the bag? Should I loosen the covers so that I can easily open it up for them to see inside of the machine?

    I plan to put the needles, scissors and rotary cutter in my checked bags (and pray!). I just don't want my baby banged around like that.

    Btw, her name is Ida, after my husband's great aunt that I positively adored. Neither Ida has ever flown before!

    Thanks for any and all advice - except to check her!

    Mary

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    Be ready to open it up and get it out of the carrying case. It really should not be a problem.

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    The only other thing I have heard is that you should remove the needle from Ida. Have fun at the retreat.

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    One thing is call the airline and ask them if there are any special rules concerning your machine.

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    Will it fit under your seat? If you have to put it in the overhead, is it ok to put the machine on it's side?
    Karen from Louisiana

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    I have traveled many times with my Featherweight. I put my sharp items in a ziplock, including my machine needles in my check thru. One time she got swiped for drugs (like I would put drugs my BABY!!!) and the next time, they didnt even open the bag! I did find a rolling backpack that she fits in. I got tired of schlepping her. She is not heavy, but after lugging her all over the airport, she GOT heavy! I did precut my project, put it in a ziplock and used it as padding around her in the backpack. My husband golfed and I sewed. Happy campers!
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    I'd contact the TSA. The airlines are not experts at what the TSA will allow.

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    My first thought was ---- does it have a computer in it? My small Janome that I want to travel with does........would the Xray machine they use cause problems?????? Might talk to the manufacturer!
    Dee


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    There are no computerized parts in a Singer 301, so that shouldn't be a problem. My question would be whether you can lift it into, and out of, the overhead without injuring yourself or anyone who may be sitting under the bin.

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    Besure your lugage fits the weight and other measurement requirements.
    Anna Quilts

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