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Thread: Sewing machines on airlines?

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    Sewing machines on airlines?

    I have to travel to NYS next week to babysit for two weeks while my BIL has heart surgery in Ohio. This is going to put a crimp in my gift making plans, so I'm thinking of taking my FW in my carryon. Has anyone ever taken a machine on a plane? Will the airline give me any hassle, or TSA?? Mat & rotary cutter will go in my checked bag, along with needles (and you can be sure, there will be prayers said for that suitcase's safe and timely arrival!).

    Any advice? Thanks bunches!
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    It's no problem. I took my Innovis-D in my carry-on when I went to Seattle. TSA will open the case and swab it for explosive residue, but other than that it'll be okay. Make sure you put all your scissors, needles, pins, etc., in your checked baggage and not with the FW.

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    Would it be necessary to remove the needle from the machine before carrying it on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Would it be necessary to remove the needle from the machine before carrying it on?
    I think I would remove it just to be on the safe side. Better than having it confiscated!

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    I have traveled with my FW many times... lay it on it's side and it fits under the seat, just like any other carry on....

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    Thanks! Good to know I won't have a problem.
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    I've carried my machine on board many times with the needle in place with no problems and I never had any problems.
    Have a wonderful time.

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    I bought an old Singer while on a trip and carried it on the airplane. It was wrapped and tapped for travel. it went through the scanner and the guy just kind of questioned what it was and joked with my husband about it being a sewing machine.
    Have a great trip.

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    If you keep an oil can in the case you may want to remove it or make sure that it is under the allowed weight limit for fluid. Also pad it well you may need to lay it on its side.

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    this is good to know. I have often wondered about traveling with a sewing machine. Now I can rest easy knowing if I need to I can travel with my machine.
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