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Old 01-16-2015, 11:57 AM   #1
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Sewing on the road...

New to the RV world but just bought a new-to-us Casita 17 LD. My wife is a quilter but usually takes hand work on vacations. Does anyone travel with a sewing machine (she has a featherweight)? Her birthday is coming up, anything to make sewing more travel friendly? Any other thoughts on sewing while traveling? Or similar but different hobbies? Thanks?
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:47 PM   #2
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Steve, there are a couple of folks on this list that quilt on the road... was trying to find some of their posts on the topic for you but so far this is all I found:

Quilts - from a thread in 2010

Quilting Legacy Post from 2003

As far as making the sewing more travel friendly goes - I would think she would want a table that is easy to put up and take down for setting up her machine on - key is it will need to be stable so you may have to fabricate a way of anchoring down the legs?

A large sewing tote for all her threads/bobbins and fabrics etc.

An outside 110 plug on the trailer for plugging the machine into.

A means of stopping everything from blowing away - perhaps sides for your awning?

A small compact folding Otto Light with magnifier would be something she might find helpful on the road as well. I know good light when sewing is a must have for me .
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:51 PM   #3
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i also have a casita 17 LD, i use a 12 x 12 screen room i set up with the picnic table in it among other things and i sew in there, i have several machines but the one i use to travel in the camper is a small light weight janome, if you want to know the model i can let you know, does a great job, i use a bernina back home.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:56 PM   #4
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Our screen room also has flaps to close it in and we can heat it too. At the campground we are in on Jekyll Island there is a small community room with tables. Monday mornings several of us quilters get together and sew there. Before I left home I had most of the fabric cut for my current quilt project. Have everything except my cutting board stored in a plastic tub for travel, including my machine.
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I forgot to mention a Tote for the sewing machine itself to ride safely in would also be a good thing if she hasn't got one already.
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They make a really nice portable sewing table that has a drop down to put your sewing machine in, then her machine would be level with the table top to sew her quilt pices or to do the quilting on. I think you would fined it at most sewing stores like Joanne's. But a quilter would like this kind of sewing table. I too am a quilter.
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Old 01-16-2015, 08:11 PM   #7
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Today at lunch hubby and I were chatting about the possibility of taking my quilting paraphernalia along in our little Trillium. This site is astounding - look what you are chatting about!


Love some of the quilts in these threads, by the way. Much better than my efforts as a beginner to this activity.


So far we haven't figured out a way to lug a sewing machine, table and sundry supplies along - still thinking though.
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They make a really nice portable sewing table that has a drop down to put your sewing machine in, then her machine would be level with the table top to sew her quilt pices or to do the quilting on. I think you would fined it at most sewing stores like Joanne's. But a quilter would like this kind of sewing table. I too am a quilter.
Is this the one? It has folding legs.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:50 PM   #9
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Quilting and camping- two of my favorite things to do!

Since your lucky wife has a Featherweight, check out the Stanley 3-in-1 Rolling Workshop from Home Depot. Friends with Featherweights say it's a perfect fit in the lower compartment, as is my little Janome. Fabric, quilting tools, and an extension cord go in the upper compartments.

My travel sewing table is a SewEzi. It has a dropped platform for my machine, legs that fold flat for travel, and wheels on one end for easy portability.

JoAnn has an Ott Lite lamp that folds for travel, and the base has compartments that keep little things handy. That was a gift from my son- love it.

Happy birthday to your wife, and happy travels!
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Mary had a expensive Janome machine and had the table it fit in, made by Janome. That table was worth about $500. Both that machine and table got sold a year ago along with an old Featherweight when she decided to downsize to just two machines. I modified one of those brown folding leg tables for her Bernina to set in. The small Janome is her travel sewing machine, we don't take a table with it.
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i also have a casita 17 LD, i use a 12 x 12 screen room i set up with the picnic table in it among other things and i sew in there, i have several machines but the one i use to travel in the camper is a small light weight janome, if you want to know the model i can let you know, does a great job, i use a bernina back home.
Hi Mary,
Same here! My Bernina weighs 35 pounds, so he stays home. My Janome Gem is only 12 pounds, and goes everywhere with us.
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My mother owned a singer featherweight sewing machine in the 1950's and I remember how sturdy the folding table was that came with it. This table I found on eBay looks very much like an original.

http://m.ebay.com/itm/191479363894

I also see some reproduction tables on eBay but don't know it they would be as sturdy as the originals.

Expect you could operate the machine on an inverter and 12volt battery if your're not plugged in to power. Suggest trying a 200-300 watt inverter to start with. You may need a larger one (due to higher motor starting current) but you won't know until you try.
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I bought a small Babylock sewing machine specifically for taking along in our 17' Casita SD. I just sew at the dining room table, basically piecing quilt blocks to be final assembled at home where I have more room. I try to keep it as simple as possible, so in addition to bringing my machine, I keep all of my supplies in a small plastic bin that has compartments.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:09 AM   #14
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Thanks so much for the ideas and encouragement! I'll research some of your suggestions.

Initially, we'll be doing short trips in order to get back to work on Monday but hope to extend our trips as retirement nears. Quilting has been a great way for her to fill her time (and recently vacated kid's bedrooms).

She travels to group sews, so she has a system she can adapt - your experiences will make it easy to encourage her. Today she is leaving from her quilt class to join me at the Tampa RV Supershow - although that may be to protect her financial security rather than interest in the show...

Thanks Again!
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