What Sewing Items Can You Carry on a Plane?
If you're going on a quilting retreat or simply want to take some embroidery or needlepoint along with you to pass the time, you may be concerned about what sewing equipment you can carry with you on the plane. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is concerned about any object that has the potential of being used as a weapon, so some of your favorite sewing tools may be forbidden in carry-on luggage. Research the rules ahead of time and use common sense to prevent delays in security or having your favorite scissors confiscated. Remember that if your favorite tool is forbidden in your carry-on, you can always pack it in your checked luggage.
Cut enough patches of fabric at home to last you through the wait in the airport and the plane ride. Cut lengths of yarn or embroidery thread for needlework projects on the plane. Scissors may or may not be allowed, depending on the TSA agent you encounter, so don't risk losing your favorite pair of antique sewing shears. Make a pre-cut package of all the pieces you need and store them in zip-top bags to keep them together.
Pack your rotary cutter in your checked luggage along with the cutting mat and ruler, if you plan to do quilting on your trip. Avoid any thread cutters with hidden blades. TSA rules prohibit any round razor blades or cutters that have a blade that is concealed inside a handle.
Purchase rounded scissors to pack in your carry-on. While longer shears are problematic, short snips that are obviously meant to cut threads generally pose no problem with security.
Push straight pins and needles into a pincushion before packing them with your other sewing supplies. Pins and needles are not prohibited on planes, but they will survive the trip more safely in a pincushion than loose in a box.