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    On the go

    I was wonder what makes a complete sewing box?


    seems like everytime I go to my mothers house which a Is 1 1/2 hour away. Seems like I over pack with supplies


    i want to make a sewing box that I can just pick up and walk out the door with. What would you put in your box. If it was up to me I would take everything lol
    lol i am planing on leaving town for a week and will take the quilt I am working on and of course machine but don't have a lot of room in car with all the baby stuff lol just need a perfectly packed box help
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    pack:
    1 clean pair of socks
    1 clean set of undergarments
    1 clean t-shirt
    1 clean pair of jeans
    1 pair sneakers
    1 set jammies, robe & slippers
    laundry detergent

    plus as much of your sewing room as you can cram into the car.

    if hubby and kid(s) don't fit, tell them to fly or take the bus. LOL LOL LOL
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    I was thinking the same lol.

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    Take only one project & what you think you'll need for that project only. Also think about getting duplicates of things on sale so that you can leave them there.

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    For me it is needle, thread and RIPPER.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    pack:
    1 clean pair of socks
    1 clean set of undergarments
    1 clean t-shirt
    1 clean pair of jeans
    1 pair sneakers
    1 set jammies, robe & slippers
    laundry detergent

    plus as much of your sewing room as you can cram into the car.

    if hubby and kid(s) don't fit, tell them to fly or take the bus. LOL LOL LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by love 2 sew View Post
    Take only one project & what you think you'll need for that project only. Also think about getting duplicates of things on sale so that you can leave them there.
    It is a good idea to take more than one project...sometimes you need a break from the project and go on to another project. I have taken as many as 4 or 5 projects in different stages to a quilt retreat and I rotate among them.

    Having duplicates of your tools and leaving them at your mom's home for later visits is a great idea!!! One less thing to pack and you won't forget anything, too.

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    Very true. Like the ideas after baby go to bed will see what I can come up with

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    I have one of those paper boxes (the heavy duty ones that reams of paper are shipped in). In it I can fit my thread box, bobbins, scissors/cutting tools, rulers, marking tools, spare needles, my iron, and typically enough of a project or two to keep me busy. It takes a bit of planning (I used to take all my fabric bins, etc and it would often feel like it took more time to pack and unpack than was spent working) but its totally worth it. So while travelling somewhere else to quilt, I have my sewing machine, one box of supplies, and a mini ironing board.

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    I to have to agree with QuiltnNan!!!!! So funny!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    pack:
    1 clean pair of socks
    1 clean set of undergarments
    1 clean t-shirt
    1 clean pair of jeans
    1 pair sneakers
    1 set jammies, robe & slippers
    laundry detergent

    plus as much of your sewing room as you can cram into the car.

    if hubby and kid(s) don't fit, tell them to fly or take the bus. LOL LOL LOL
    YES!!

    And if that won't work, then spend an hour in your sewing room doing what you do, and when you use something, put it in the bag. So, fabric, thread, scissors, ripper, machine (if needed) with foot pedal, extra needles and rotary cutter/mat/ruler (if everything hasn't already been cut). Plus any other stuff that falls in...

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    I tend to bring needle turn appliqué with me when I go somewhere. Then, you only need thread, needle, scissors, fabric and instructions.

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    My 1st quilt: Labor Day weekend trip to the cabin in N. Minnesota 2011. Packed sewing machine, fabric, thread, ruler, rotary cutter, seam ripper, scissors, pattern, etc. Continually kept running through a mental picture of everything I would need. Part way up to the cabin, I asked dh if he liked what I was wearing. He looked puzzled, and then replied it was "okay." Good, I told him, as he would be seeing me in it all weekend. I packed for my sewing project, but had not packed any clothes or food! Good thing we keep some clothes at the cabin, and go out to eat up there quite a bit!
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    Wow love all ideas.

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    Well I'd definitely have to include several seam rippers...

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    Go buy yourself a tackle box, plastic, the largest you can carry. As you can afford it, add your favorite tools. I have only to pick it up and go and it is so convenient to not have to try to duplicate tools when I am in a hurry or under stress to get ready to leave. My tool box is about 15 years old and metal, but the plastic ones are nice nowadays too.

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    I don't mind so much picking up the stuff to go, looking forward to the trip or class but coming home and having to put all that stuff away again, I hate it. I think that's one reason why I quit teaching sewing. Draaag all that stuff out and draaag all that stuff back in again.
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    I had the same problem with overpacking. I now have a small sewing basket that I keep packed just for traveling to classes, etc. I supplied it mostly from duplicate items that had found their way into my sewing room. In it I have:
    1 dark and 1 light marking pen/pencil
    a seam ripper
    scissors
    tweezers
    stiletto (spelling?)
    extra bobbins
    extra needles
    neutral light and dark thread
    rotary cutter and extra blade
    pins
    pressing and appliqué cloth

    Then I put my machine, feet, cord, foot pedal, small iron, ironing pad, cutting mat, ruler and project into my rolling machine case and I am ready to go. If I were going for overnight I guess I would include my toothbrush and some clean underwear...
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    I have a tote at my both my DDs homes packed with duplicate sewing tools. I keep a small pretty bag in the glove compartment of my car filled with hand sewing projects. Right now it's hexes and yo yos. I have a tote filled with tools to take to classes and workshops, those tools have my name all over them and I keep it in the trunk of my car.
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    I have a basket ( 10"W, 12 1/2"Land 7"D) which holds my travel iron, water container for it, the smallest spray bottle of Best Press, a pencil container of marking pencils, an insulated glass with lid and straw, and a tin box (4 1/2"L, 8 1/2"Wand 2 1/2"D) that holds extra rotary blades, filled bobbins and some empty extras, small scissors, extra machine needles, pins, a pen, a pencil, a small sticky note pad, blue tape, a 120" tape measure, sticky tape for my ruler a small notepad, a calculator, a purple thang, a brush to clean my machine and a snack zip lock bag with band-aids in it. It's called density packing. I also have a mat carrier that holds my rotary cutting mat, an ironing pad, my rulers and my rotary cutter. a sewing machine case that holds my sewing machine that has a bendable light attached to it, my foot pedal, electric cord, foot lifter and sewing machine manual. I bought 3 of the scrap book square deep container with handles when they were on sale at Jo-Anns in which I put my projects. I use one or all three depending on how long I'm going to be gone. Oh and I don't forget my clothes.

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    Years ago in one of my classes we made a padded book with a small cutting board on one side, fine grit sandpaper on the other side and enough batting on the outside to be able to use it as a small ironing area. I have traveled a lot with that.

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    Ignorance here - what's the fine grit sandpaper for?

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    Trust me on this one, double up on the seam ripper and needle threader. Packed my box and left them behind, big mistake! My job allows me time to hand sew during my shift and I have 2 sewing boxes each packed with the same items for grab and go. When time and your budget allows, build a second box just for travel and sleep overs.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    Patrice - LOVE this!! my DH tells me if there is no room after the golf clubs & accessories go in, he'll tell whomever we visit that I said HI! same for my sewing stuff - FIFO - first in & first out. Blessings. Kathy

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    We have a home in Ga. as well as Fl. so we are in between a lot. I like you seem to always have a project with me. This is my travel kit (I've really tried to minimize it over the years).
    1. Needles (hand & machine)
    2. Thread (light & dark)
    3. Scissors
    4. One ruler that can be use for cutting or squaring up (6 x 12)
    5. Rotary cutter
    6. Pins
    7. Seam ripper
    8. Mat with pressing board on the on the other side
    9. Travel iron (if I'm going where there may not be one)
    10. Marking pen (dark & light)

    I keep these in a bag that hangs behind the door in my quilting room. So if someone says go all I have to put in is what project I'm working on and grab the machine. Also, another thing is clean and oil your machine before u leave and also change out the rotary blades if you plan to do a lot of quilting. Happy quilting!!!!

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