Whether you’re taking your sewing machine on the go, or looking for a nifty storage solution at home, cases are your best friends! Here are a few of our favorites:
Singer 611.BR Universal Hard Carrying Case
This Singer case is our go-to for storing sewing machines around the house, as well as for trips when you need the protection of a hardshell case. It’s very sturdy, fits practically anything, and is actually one of the least expensive options on the market! There’s a reason this thing is so ubiquitous.
It’s a great case to have at home, because you can leave your sewing machine sitting in the bottom half, and then pop the top on and off as you use the machine. It’s a very protective dust cover, and it also provides some protection against curious kitties.
This is also a good travel case in its own right. We usually use tote bags and soft-shell cases for traveling, simply because it’s nice to have all those extra pockets for supplies and tools. With that said, the Singer is a great backup to have for trips where you know your machine might get knocked or bumped around.
It has a handle built into the top, and the metal latches make sure that things are locked down before you lift it. And it adds less than 5 pounds to the weight of your machine.
So, if you know you want a hard case for your sewing machine, check this one out! Just bear in mind that if you’re going to bring lots of accessories and supplies with you, you’ll probably need a small bag as well as the machine case.
Singer Universal Sewing Machine Tote
In addition to the popular hardshell case we’ve just looked at, Singer also makes an excellent tote! It’s a great option for those who want a case to keep everything in, without spending too much money. There are certainly some cheaper options out there, but they’re not as well-made or thought-out as this one.
It fits the vast majority of sewing machines and sergers, just like the hardshell Singer. Unless you have something exorbitantly large, you should have no issues fitting it into this bag.
While it doesn’t have a hard case, there’s plenty of padding in this one to protect your machine. All the walls are nicely padded, and the bottom is reinforced as well. Unlike a lot of inexpensive totes, this one doesn’t leave your machine at the mercy of luck! It can take some bumps and jostles without allowing any harm to come to your workstation.
It’s also made from sturdy canvas, where most things at this price are cheap fabric that will tear easily.
One of the biggest benefits of using something like this instead of a hard case is that you can fit a whole lot else besides your machine inside. There’s a large outer pocket on the side of the Singer bag, with zipper closure. It’s a perfect place to store all the tools and accessories that don’t fit inside the arm of your machine.
In terms of ergonomics, this thing is close to perfect. It’s even lighter than the hard case, and the handles are much more comfortable to carry things over a bigger distance. We think the Janome below beats the Singer, but only just!
It doesn’t cost much more than the hardshell case, either. In fact, you can get one of these just as cheaply as the generic off-brand options. We recommend the Singer tote to anyone who wants a bag-style storage solution without spending a premium.
Janome Sewing Machine Tote
Janome’s sewing machine tote is a slight upgrade on the Singer model above, without much of an increase in price. It’s a lot more fun in appearance, and it’s even lighter! You get just as much storage space, and there’s still plenty of padding. This is our top tote recommendation for keeping your sewing machine safe on the go!
The Janome tote is made from rugged canvas material, just like the Singer. The difference is this one looks far less utilitarian than it actually is! It comes in a number of fun patterns with bright colors, all of which have more flair and personality than the Singer’s plan black look.
The Janome also cuts half the weight off the Singer! We’re not entirely sure how, since it feels just as sturdy. Still, the benefit is obvious. This one hardly adds any weight to your machine, so carrying things around is a breeze.
You also get a slightly larger outer ditty pocket. It’s not much deeper than the Singer’s, but it runs almost the entire length of the tote.
So, for the best tote option, look no further than the Janome!
Singer 19 Sewing Machine Roller Bag
Singer’s roller bag is our ultimate recommendation for lugging around your sewing machine. Since it’s a wheeled piece of luggage, the 19 makes things as easy as they get! You can easily fit most sewing machines in this, though some larger options will be a squeeze.
The Singer’s obvious appeal is the addition of wheels. With something like this, you only need to lift your machine occasionally. You can wheel it around to get to your class, or around the house on the way out the door.
It’s also a well-designed case, beyond the fact that you can roll it about. There are internal velcro harnesses to secure your machine in place. There’s also a mesh storage bag inside, plus a large, flat pocket on the outside for your notions.
We love it for storage around the house, too. While a hard case that you can pop on and off makes more sense for people who keep their machine in one place, this one is a nice alternative for those who don’t have a dedicated workspace. When the handle is retracted, you’re left with an attractive leather-look trunk, which you can roll around the room or into a closet.
One caveat: this might look like the kind of luggage you could take on a plane, but there’s no way something like this would make it through the baggage carousels alive! Someday we’ll be able to safety fly with our machines, but not yet.