After reading this post, finding the perfect sewing machine case to store your machine will be as easy as eating peanuts, lol. We put some thought into how to make the most of your money’s worth from your purchase, making sure you get the best value, while being cost-effective as well.
Before we start, it is essential to know why you want a sewing machine bag? Do you need one to simply store your machine away? If you are about to travel with your machine, you will need a sturdy and secure case. Maybe you want something inexpensive and simple to keep your machine dust-free while it’s not in use.
You will find all this covered and more, so read on.
What is a sewing machine bag or sewing machine case?
A sewing machine bag is a case that you can securely store your machine in and use for storing sewing essentials. They come in all shapes and sizes. You can buy sewing machines travel cases made out of plastic and they are as solid as hardcover suitcases. The most common sewing machine bags are made with a padded nylon material that resembles suitcases.
What to look out for when buying a sewing machine bag:
If you’re new to the world of sewing machines, storing them or travelling with them safely, here is a quick guide on what to look out for before making your purchase. To a large extent, it depends on your needs and what you want to use it for.
Bag on wheels (or not):
If you travel from one city, state, town or country to another, you will need a well-padded sewing machine bag with solid straps for carrying.
If you have a heavy machine, you may not be able to carry your machine for long periods or at all. In this case, buying a machine bag with wheels is your best bet. Alternatively, if you already travel with a suitcase that has wheels, buying a sewing machine case without a trolley makes sense too. Because you can simply fit your machine case on top of your suitcase.
If you want a sewing machine bag that you can mount on top of your roll-on bag, then make sure to buy one with the suitcase strap that makes it easy for you to securely fit your sewing machine bag on top of your suitcase.
All that said, I do recommend you buy a sewing machine case with a removable trolley (wheels or casters). It is incredibly convenient to have a trolley for your sewing machine bag around the house as well.
These sewing devices are usually quite heavy, and the less you have to carry them, the better.
By now, you have the basics of what to look out for when travelling with your machine.
All the above recommendations will hold true if you plan to keep your machine in storage while you’re out of town as well.
Remember to consider additional storage capacity for sewing notions
Storage plays a big part in one’s purchase decisions for most people. Especially for us sewists, so have a good look at the storage capacity of the bag you decide to buy. Travelling with your machine would be useless if you could not take all your sewing essentials with you.
Do you want basically a sewing machine dust cover?
It could be that you just want something to simply cover your sewing machine while it’s not in use.
For something inexpensive that will keep your machine clean, scroll to the bottom of the page, and you’ll find the perfect cover for your device.
So lets go on and have a loot at the best sewing machine bags and cases available.
Best sewing bag for hand carrying your sewing machine
Brand: Everything Mary
Colour: Blue with polka dots
If you want a compact and not too bulky sewing machine case this is perfect. For easy storage and to move your sewing machine from one place to another, I do recommend this one. It is good for people on a low budget. I like the blue colour and white polka dots very much.
This case is fully padded but I would not recommend you use it for air travel. Although there is a double zipper system the zippers do not have holes big enough for a mini padlock.
It would be fine for folks shifting from one house or apartment via a car but I would not want to put my sewing machine in this bag if I was to use commercial transport.
There are three storage compartments on the outside for all your sewing equipment. It is a compact and cute storage case for your sewing machine that can hold all your basic sewing notions in one place.
Here are some things I listed for you to keep in mind before you make a purchase.
- Can be used for all standard sewing machines
- Compact and easy to carry
- Has organisation compartments for sewing supplies
- Money-back guaranteed
- Metal clips on the straps make them much more durable the regular plastic clips
- The bag does not have wheels or a strap on the back of the bag to put on top of suitcases
Handheld sewing machine case without wheels
Colour: Floral print on a black background
Dimensions: 17”x 10 x 13” (L x W x H)
Inner dimensions: 16.5” x 8” x 12.5” (L x W x H)
This carrying case has a backstrap in place for slipping onto your suitcase’s extendable handle. You will be particularly satisfied with the storage and organisational space it has for all your sewing equipment.
It amuses to no end that the description of these sewing machine carrying case includes the words “shoulder bags.” Furthermore, in some images, there are models holding the sewing machine bag over their shoulders. For anyone who has actually lifted a standard sewing machine, it is near impossible to carry them with a shoulder strap. They are too heavy and most sewing machines weigh at least 5 kilos/a little over 11 lbs or more.
Some good and bad pointers for you to consider incoming.
- All standard sewing machines will fit this case
- Affordable, a good buy if you are on a budget
- Water-resistant material (but for real no one leaves their sewing machine in the rain)
- Three carrying options:
- A long strap for over the shoulder carrying
- Two small handles for hand carrying
- A back strap for suitcase carrying
- Multiple inner pockets for organising all your:
- Foot peddle
- Sewing books
- The travel case has no wheels
Best sewing machine carrying case with wheels
Dimensions: 20 x 9.45 x 12.09 inches
Where do I start with this one?! I particularly love this case. The detachable wheels and the extendable handle is by far my favorite part.
There is a wooden foldable flap for the bottom of the case for extra support. The case is fully padded for safety.
It has a frontal pocket with a double zipper. The cover has a mesh pocket and there are elastic pockets on either side for extra organization.
One of its highlights is that it has a very roomy sewing case that most sewing machines would fit in. This would make a wonderful storage unit as well as a travel case.
- A fully detachable trolley with wheels
- Spacious and all standard sewing machines would fit into this travel bag
- Organization compartments for sewing equipment
- This sewing machine bag comes in six colors
- It is on the pricy side at more than double of the cost of the bag above
- The organization pockets are not as roomy as the sewing bag above
Best sewing machine travel bag with wheels
Brand: Everything Mary
Dimensions: 15 x 11 x 17.5 inches
There is something about an all-black coloured case that is wonderful?! This does come in a pretty shade of grey. I have a growing fondness for the Everything Mary brand.
We have a post on the best sewing baskets you should check out. I have more than one recommendation on baskets made by them.
My favourite feature of this sewing machine travel bag is that it is fully collapsible. The zippers are made in a way that you can actually use a small padlock to lock your travel case.
Unlike the travel case above you cannot separate the trolly from the bag.
The handles on this case are quite different from all the cases on this list. They are on either side of the bag and not made for shoulder carrying.
There is however a fully extendable handle that can be retracted.
- Perfect for all sewing machines including overlocking machines
- Compact with multiple storage compartments for all your sewing supplies:
- Sewing books
- Money-back guaranteed
- A pricy purchase
- The trolly is not detachable
The best vintage style sewing machine travel bag
Brand: La Canilla
Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.6 x 7.8
There is some unspoken beauty in the vintage style. If you want a sturdy travel bag for your sewing machine then this should suit you very well.
The bag is spacious enough to fit almost all standard sewing machines. There are adjustable straps inside to hold the sewing machine in place.
The two handles have magnets in them which is a nice touch.
I personally liked its sturdiness and the canvas material will be less likely to tear. It’s a more durable bag than the regular polyester sewing machine bags.
Again the fact that the bag can be completely removed from the trolly is wonderful. You can use it as a storage bag when you’re not on the go.
- Multipurpose as it can be fully removed from the trolly
- Plenty of room for sewing equipment, ten pockets for:
- All other sewing essentials
- Comes in two colours (grey and green)
- The zippers are not made in a way you can lock the case with a padlock
- A pricy purchase
Best plastic sewing machine case
Material: Plastic, Polycarbonate
Colour: Snow White
Dimensions: 17 x 8.5 x 12 inches
So up until now, we have gone through different sewing machine bags and cases for travelling.
I really love this classical sewing machine storage box by Singer. My aunt still has hers from years ago. Its design is much the same the only difference is that hers was an off white colour.
Durability wise this one is really a one time purchase.
Surprisingly even though it is made by Singer themselves the price is quite reasonable.
It’s really a storage box because there are no wheels or facilities for travel in an airport.
It would be perfect for car, bus and train transport though.
If you want a storage box to keep your machine clean then this one is just the one for you.
- Sturdy box that will keep your machine dust-free
- Solid lock system to keep the lid in place
- Foldable handle
- Not too pricy
- No trolly with wheels
Best sewing machine case for keeping your machine clean
Brand: Addicted DEPO
Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 17.5 inches
If you want an affordable dust cover case for your sewing machine this is just the thing for you.
This wonderful dust case comes in twelve colours. If you are looking for something to simply keep your machine dust free this is perfect.
It’s not too pricy and it will fit most standard sewing machines made by Singer and Brother.
My favourite feature of this sewing machine case is the pockets on the outside for small sewing supplies. It makes organising a little easier and I love it.
- Easy to use
- Comes in 12 colours
- Fully foldable for optimal storage
- Storage pockets on the outside for extra organisation
- 30-day full refund policy
- Not a travel case
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