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    Camping and sewing

    I am a new memeber to this blog. I noticed a discussion about taking sewing machines on a camping trip. I am going camping in a pop-up for 3 weeks. Would love to take my machine. Has anyone ever taken their machine in a pop-up? I noticed no one took it in a tent. My main concern is condensation. Of course when I am not using the machine, it will be in my pop-up. We are dry inside, but it is cool in the morning (Maine) and there is some general dampness. I am leaving this Friday Aug. 9, 2013. I hope someone sees my question and will take time to respond. Thanks.

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    Welcome to the group. I can't help with your question as my DH said he did all the camping he wanted in the army.

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    We only have a week at the cottage so I just bring Redwork. We wouldn't have room to haul my machine and supplies in the car also.

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    If it's just general morning dampness I don't think I'd be overly concerned. My primary concern would be if it's a computerized machine and it's not well packed for travel. Have fun on your trip!

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    Trindles, we camp a lot in a Class C rv. I not only take a sewing machine when we camp, I have a small Singer (practical stitches only) that is dedicated to the rv. This machine does go to classes with me from time to time, but it's home is the rv.

    My only "heads up" is to make sure any machine you travel with is as well protected from vibration and other camper engendered shaking and motion as possible.

    Have a wonderful time!!! Wish we were right beside you.

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    Enjoy camaping

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    I am a pop up camper and have taken my machine with me so my hubby can fish and I quilt. It works out great for us. I have done it a number of times in different weather conditions and will continue to do it I the future. He cleans his what he catches and sew what I cut. I am probably the only one who takes an iron camping, but I believe in crisp seams. Try it once and you will do it again... It's your own sewing retreat.... Happy sewing...

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    Hi trindles welcome from NE Ohio.

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    I don't know if this will be bad for your machine, but it does seem enjoyable. If you have a machine that is not computerized I would definitely bring it.
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    It depends on where we are camping and who else will be there. If we're in a full service campground that works. If we are wilderness camping my husband bought me a tiny little sewing machine from Walmart for something like $20. It only sews a straight stitch and it's pretty loud. Like you wouldn't want to sew if someone was trying to sleep. hahaha If we are with a bunch of people, then I would not take it because friendship means more to me than sewing. But if we go along, heck yeah, I do it. Have fun. It runs either by electricity or battery. In fact it's so small I should just leave it in the trailer all the time.
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    I have a fw it goes on all camp trips in the pop up. Usually have several quilts cut out in small containers one quilt per cont. I really like to do the double nine patch. Quick and simple and always have iron and board and even starch and all the notions I need. If not I usually can find. A wal mart or Q shop it's more about the relaxation and peace and quite. Don't get me wrong that. Tv and PCM ain't to far away. By the way I'm a guy and I do like to hunt fish and all types of outside stuff. I live near Branson. mo so I stay busy and still find time to sew. Miss BB (feather weight's name) never had any problem. Not even with the wife. We both love camping and the out doors.
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    Be sure to use a surge protector, particularly if you're using a generator. I've taken mine camping at the beach and had a great time sewing. Good luck!

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    When my husband and I travel, I take hand work - applique work and/or embroidery. We travel in a camper so I plan ahead and all my projects for 2-3 weeks fit into a 12" scrapbooking container (you know the ones designed to hold 12x12 paper). The only other thing I take is my sewing box which is a make-up bag that has all the essential sewing supplies. I even did some paper-piecing (by hand) while on one trip. I set up strips of lights and darks to make some pineapple blocks for a project - I was amazed at how quickly the hand piecing went and how easy it was.

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    Hi yes I do take my machine camping Before I had my park model I had a pop up and I had a outside screen house with a table and used that One of the small folding ones. Ond on bad days I used the kitchen table. and stored in under my kitchen table seats. Hope this helps
    Quote Originally Posted by trindles View Post
    I am a new memeber to this blog. I noticed a discussion about taking sewing machines on a camping trip. I am going camping in a pop-up for 3 weeks. Would love to take my machine. Has anyone ever taken their machine in a pop-up? I noticed no one took it in a tent. My main concern is condensation. Of course when I am not using the machine, it will be in my pop-up. We are dry inside, but it is cool in the morning (Maine) and there is some general dampness. I am leaving this Friday Aug. 9, 2013. I hope someone sees my question and will take time to respond. Thanks.

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    Bring it and put some Damp Rid in the case when not in use. That may keep the moisture out of your machine. I've never done this, but it's a suggestion.

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    I took my machine for years. I put it back in its case when not in use. Same machine still running.

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    nhugs50 - I found the niftiest little steam iron that the handle folds over for easy storage and I have a mini ironing board in my camper.......so you aren't alone. Don't forget new pizza boxes for works in progress or cut up quilts. They work great, stack easily and you can write on the outside.
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    We have a HiLow camper and I have taken my quilting with me several times. Never had a problem with moisture BUT we live in the desert of NM. Even when it rains there is no moisture in the camper. I would just cover the machine up every night so it won't get damp.

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    My "stuff" goes with me everywhere, i have two computerized pfaffs, never had a problem, i would be lost without them. So go for it and have fun
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    Hello Trindles and welcome from sunny, hot Summerville, SC! Haven't camped since we were young with young children so really can't help in that regard. It looks like you could take your machine in your car or truck and packed well. Perhaps putting a cover over it in the evening or when not using it would protect it... just a thought... Have a great time camping. This board is great place to learn about quilting...

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