How to Travel With Your Embroidery

Summer’s approaching, which means vacation season is upon us. When you’re traveling, it can be difficult to bring your favorite embroidery projects with you, which can be frustrating. After all, beautiful cities or beaches are a great place to relax and work on embroidery, and embroidery is also a great way to pass time on long flights or drives. Here are some tips to help you travel with your embroidery.

Bring small needles and scissors.
One of the most concerning things for most people when bringing their embroidery on a plane is getting their tools through security. Sewing needles and small scissors are allowed on planes and you can take them through security. Be sure that your scissors are under four inches long and that they aren’t too sharp. Kids scissors are ideal for this – they will still cut thread, and although they aren’t the most comfortable to use, they’ll work for a short period of time. If you are concerned, you may want to take your sewing bag out of the carry-on and send it through the scanner separately. TSA may pull you over and ask a few questions, but you’ll just need to clarify that they are embroidery supplies.

Take only the thread you need.
It can be tempting to take many different colors of thread just in case, but chances are, you won’t have too much time each day to work on your embroidery. Instead, plan exactly what you are going to work on before you leave, and take only the thread you really need. Pack them in a small organizer to avoid them getting tangled or lost. If you find you desperately need a different color of thread while you are traveling, you can always make a stop at a craft store.

Use small hoops to save space.
If you are flying, you’ll have limits on how much you can fit in your carry-on bag. To make things easier, focus on small projects while you are traveling. Choose small hoops that are very sturdy for your projects – not only will they fit better in your bag, but a sturdy hoop will be less likely to get damaged in your bag, and will be easier to work with on a bumpy plane ride. Ideally, you should be able to hold the hoop in one hand.

Invest in a bag and carrying cases just for your supplies.
Although it can be tempting to just throw your embroidery supplies in a bag with all your other travel supplies, you should avoid doing this as it is a very easy way for things to get lost. Buy a small cloth bag just for your embroidery supplies that you can fit into a larger suitcase as a separator. You will also want carrying cases that are specifically for your needles and thread. One great tip to help organize your needles is to use a metal case with a magnet in it, which prevents the needles from rolling around. You can find many cute organizational supplies at craft or office stores, so you can still be stylish while carrying your embroidery projects.

Throw things away as you finish with them.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but as you’re traveling, you may not always have consistent access to a trash can. To avoid ending up with a bunch of scraps in your embroidery bag at the end of your trip, stop periodically to empty your trash and get rid of anything you’re not using. This will help keep your bag clean and tidy while you’re exploring new places.