Tips for Successful Stitching While Travelling

Making best use of travel time to stitch


What to Take

If you are flying you have a couple of other things to consider as well as keeping things simple and compact. There are many rules concerning what can and can’t be taken through security when flying.

The TSA website has a search feature to look up what you can bring on a flight TSA rules

I would suggest the main thing to remember is don’t take along anything you care about losing or leaving behind. As much as you can research the TSA/airport rules you are always at the mercy of any individual officer being particularly over-enthusiastic and strict in enforcing the rules and arguing your rights isn’t often going to work. So don’t carry-on your antique sewing scissors or other expensive tool that you would not want to lose or can’t replace.

The website does state “The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint” so you can never be 100% certain that anything will get through even if it seems ok according to the website. Some airports maybe stricter than others and you can’t argue with a security officer. It’s definitely not worth getting kicked from your flight over a pair of scissors! If you can’t do without scissor maybe consider buy a cheap small pair from the dollar store or something else to cut thread with instead.


Screenshot from TSA website regarding scissors

TSA scissors

It says “scissors must be less that 4 inches from the pivot point” but frankly, I would be amazed if someone was able to board with affectively two 4-inch blades bolted together. Even small nail scissors can be a confiscated.

You can also do without scissors entirely - you can use an un-picker or even the cutter from a package of dental floss (you could even organize thread colors into a few of them so you can just pull it out and cut it to length)

Acceptable cutters to fly with

travel cutters

I’ve seen many people on facebook groups suggesting to others to use a clover thread cutter pendant but if you look at the next TSA screenshot below it mentions that cutters containing circular blades are not allowed in carry-on luggage, so I would be very wary of taking one of these on a flight. You may be effectively trying to take something classed as a weapon onto a plane which might not go down too well.

circular cutter


Needles are allowed according to the TSA website but as always, use common sense - you you really need your entire supply of needles or will just a few suffice?

Screenshot from TSA website regarding needles

TSA needles

Enjoy Your Journey

Don’t feel bad about just taking a break and enjoying your journey, your stitching will always be there when you get home!