Travelling The World With A Sewing Machine


As some of you may know I am selling up and become a digital nomad. I have left this a little late really as we jet off to our first location in 1 week. On the 5th June 2017, I and Cora are going to getting on a plane and going to Sofia, Bulgaria. We have looked at numerous ways to make money, save money and live the life we want to live. We have worked out roughly what we make a month and what we have to spend a day that includes food, accommodation and any other things we need to get. I recently purchased a Midi sewing machine to take with me.

We have been really seriously planning this trip since my birthday in January where we went to Gran Canaria for a few days and it gave us the idea and bug to go explore more and for longer periods of time. We worked out budgets, locations and everything you can think of. We discussed that our blogs were going to be one of the main income streams while we are away as that if what we really want to do full time. So much that to make my course work we invested £50 on a mini lightweight sewing machine. As you many know that quite a lot of my blog revolves around making things and writing tutorials and videos, this was then going to be much harder on the road.

So as crazy as it may sound to some, I am taking a small lightweight sewing machine travelling with me. I am sure somewhere along the way someone will find it amazing and others will think I am nuts but I am so excited to try it out. I decided that I wanted to take this blog with me and experience all different cultures, ways of life and different ways to be creative. I want to document what I learn, what I make and where is great to learn new crafts, find cheap fabrics and everything else in between.

The sewing machine I bought was £50 from HobbyCraft, it is called the midi sewing machine. I bought this particular one as it wasn’t expensive, so if it was to be damaged or lost it wasn’t a big loss of money. I also got it due to it being quite lightweight and small. There was a smaller option but unfortunately, it didn’t provide many functions and for the price, to me, it wasn’t worth getting.

The sewing machine includes:

There are many bonuses to this machine for me things such as the lightweight body, the compact and small dials and features and also the size. I am taking a rucksack and will need to be able to get my luggage into hand luggage so minimising the weight and size have been a massive bonus for me. I am really impressed with the sewing quality and have made 2-3 items using this machine and not had any trouble. I like that it is just a simple and basic sewing machine just in smaller form. Another great advantage is that the foot pedal and mains plug are both small and thin wires, these are great to store and light to carry around.

The downside to the machine are things such as the handle, the handle is a great feature to include especially as we move around but would have been better if it collapsed to be neater on the top.

Check out my video below on my unboxing and what I really think.

I even made a handy little bag to carry it around in to keep it from getting damaged. I plan to take out the needle, the foot, spool and spool case to stop anything from coming loose or getting lost in flight. I plan to take a small sewing kit with me in a small tin to keep safe. Here is my machine bag.

If you too are planning to travel with a sewing machine, check with your chosen airline before hand. It is still an uncommon thing to travel with hand luggage. Keep tuned in to see if I can get past security and to Sofia, Bulgaria with it. Fingers crossed and wish me luck!!



  1. Jane
    May 30, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    I had been planning to buy a sewing machine for a while and bought this based on what you had posted. Admittedly it has not made its way out of the box yet but it will after I read your patchwork post. I have just purchased a 1960s rocking chair that I plan to recover in patchwork. Ambitious for a beginner I know. Wish me luck ?

    • Crafty Sewing Sew
      May 30, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Oh, thank you, Jane! That is great to hear, the machine is great as I discovered a new setting on the side that indicates a slower speed and a faster speed so you can set your speed and build your confidence. That sounds wonderful, would love to know how you get on 🙂 Ambition is a good thing to have. Good Luck 🙂

  2. Cassie
    June 8, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Hello there! I wish you all the best in your travels. I have been traveling extensively this past year as well, but am based out of Sofia, Bulgaria. I read that you are looking into different ways to stretch your money while traveling. Have you looked into house-sitting? I ask because I will be in India July 20th through August 21st so if you’ll still be in Sofia and like dogs then we should definitely chat!

    I happened to come across your blog researching where I could buy a sewing machine in Bulgaria, but I thought I’d reach out and see if you’d be in the area and perhaps be interested. Cheers!

    • admin
      June 9, 2017 / 10:09 am

      we did look into house sitting but unfortunately, we only found one compatible house and never heard back from them. We are moving onto Plovdiv Saturday and then moving onto Budapest.
      I wouldn’t know where to buy a sewing machine, unfortunately.

      • Cassie
        June 9, 2017 / 2:59 pm

        Alrighty, well have an excellent trip!

  3. Angie Rosslair
    January 22, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    How are you finding the electrics in other countries with your sewing machine? I’m interested to know as I moved to the UK from USA and my sewing machine would not run here using a converter. He ran very slow and I kept getting shocked.

    • admin
      January 25, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      I, unfortunately, had to leave it behind as the airline we flew with were very strict with baggage at the time. I have known other people take their machine abroad and I don’t think they had an issue but it could be to do with the amp within the plug/machine. If the amp is small or too large to operate within the UK that may explain the delay.

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