Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Putting Together a Travel Notions Kit

sewing kit

In the past I’ve tried to put together a traveling notions kit — but invariably I dig into it when I can’t find something — or I add to it because I want to take my “favorite” notion with me.  In the end the boxes get rummaged through and I’m having to redo the boxes each time I head out with my sewing machine.

Now that I have a travel sewing machine, I’m going to try again. This time if I decide to take the “favorite” it’s going to go into a separate container to see if that helps. So, what’s in my travel kit?  Lots.

Working from the back towards the front.

  • Magnetic pin catcher and box of glass head pins
  • Extra bobbins
  • Zipper foot (it’s the only extra foot I have for this machine)
  • A couple of hand needles, thread puller, threader and dime (aka screw driver in a pinch) in a magnetic needle box
  • Size 80 and 90 machine needles
  • Thimble (I don’t know why, I don’t wear one)
  • Seam ripper
  • Marking pencil, extra lead, pen, pencil, Sharpie, fabric pen
  • Tiny Tigger (because all my quilt tops need cat approval)
  • Iron cleaner (found a one use tube, so why not)
  • Purple Thang
  • Paint brush to clean machine
  • HST line guide
  • Stiletto
  • Finger Iron
  • Screwdriver – flat blade reverses to Phillips
  • Snips
  • Stack of 1 1/2 inch squares for leader/enders
  • Flower head pins (partial box)
  • Tiny clothes pins
  • 3 AAA batteries for lamp
  • Scissors – large and small
  • Glue stick
  • Extra rotary blades
  • Curved basting pins
  • Retractable tape measures
  • Neutral thread
  • Rotary cutter
  • 1″ x 6″ ruler
  • Nail file, lip balm, hair band, tissues and glasses wipes

It’s a whole lot of stuff, but it all fits in my large pencil box.  When I get to the retreat, I have a cute little folding bag with pockets that I’ll sort the stuff out into so I’m not constantly rooting through the box.



Also going into the travel bag, but too large for pencil box is the led lamp on the left of the pencil box in the first picture, an empty spray bottle, a can of starch, the thread holder, a spool of painter tape, a sheet of freezer paper and the owner’s manual.

I’ve got a brief case which hold my extension table, a cutting mat and my chair “cushion”.

If I can keep this together I should be able to grab a project (fabric, pattern and any special notion not in the kit) and  the machine and travel to a sew-in on a moment’s notice. I’ve got a couple of “day” retreats later in the year.  We’ll see if it works.

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