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While I’m a huge fan of Everything Mary rolling sewing machine totes, different machines require different types of storage.
Before purchasing a rolling bag for my Brother CS7000X, I tried every imaginable way of transport: in a box in the car trunk, in a rolling suitcase, and even just sitting buckled in the passenger seat in its hard case (I don’t recommend that!)
Thankfully rolling totes are a thing, as they help us sewists travel to sewing classes, quilting groups, or even on vacation with our beloved machines without straining our backs.
Check out my curation of the best rolling sewing machine totes that have padding and storage compartments in all the right places!
Considerations Before Purchasing
If you’re investing in a sewing machine rolling case, consider a few things before making your purchase.
First, make sure the carrying case will fit your sewing machine.
Most sewing machine rolling totes accommodate every full-sized sewing machine with at least 1/2″ – 1″ of wiggle room.
However, larger machines like my big-hoop Brother Luminaire XP2 don’t fit standard rolling totes.
The tote I have for this machine, unfortunately, had to come straight from Brother and was much more than I wanted to pay.
Also, if you plan to travel by air with your sewing machine, check the max allowed carry-on dimensions if you want to carry your machine onboard. (And if you check it, pack that bag REALLY well!)
Traveling involves more than just packing up your sewing machine.
Make sure your case is well-designed to accommodate your accessories too (fabric, needles, bobbins, thread, scissors, and more.)
And even if you just plan to store your machine in a closet in its bag and never take it anywhere, having all your notions in one place will be well worth the extra money spent on those extra compartments.
Durable rolling sewing machine cases will withstand wear and tear when getting shuffled in transit, AND they will protect your sewing machine within its frame.
Sewing machines can weigh 30+ lbs (like my monster embroidery machine), so perform a quick total weight calculation to make sure you can pick up your machine, the accessories, and the tote.
There will likely come a time when you need to pick up the tote and not just roll it!
5. Color and Design
The best part–make sure the color and design of your bag inspire creativity and make you smile each time you unpack your machine.
Best Sewing Machine Rolling Tote Options
And now a little more about each of the rolling cases.
(As I mentioned earlier, if looking for a rolling tote for a large embroidery machine, consider a wagon for transport or purchase a machine-specific luggage case from your dealer.)
The Everything Mary brand is like the Vera Bradley of craft storage.
The brand has been in business for over a decade and is known for producing high-quality and trendy storage solutions for sewing, scrapbooking, and more.
And, the totes they create are obviously made by people with sewing experience rather than a faceless generic Amazon company. (And they offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you’re unhappy with your purchase.)
Another fun feature of the Everything Mary case is it can be rolled with the telescoping handle or picked up by the side handles.
However, there is no top center handle, so keep this in mind if you want to carry your tote by hand more than roll it.
Also, because this is quilted microfiber, it will keep its shape well, but it’s not going to provide as much protection if dropped from great heights.
However, your machine is discouraged from moving around in the case by a hook and loop fastener strap that goes around it.
Dimensions: 16.5″ x 9.5″ x 13.5″
Weight: 5.6 lbs
A more budget Everything Mary option, this collapsible sewing tote folds in upon itself for easy storage when you’re not using it. What a space-saver!
Now, it doesn’t have as many smaller pocket options as the deluxe tote, but there are still ample storage spaces for your accessories.
The material is a high-quality polyester that will protect your machine and be lightweight.
And, like the previous bag, you can roll this one with the telescoping handle or carry it with the two side handles. A tie-down strap prevents your machine from bumping around.
It has several color options, including black dot, cheetah print, and teal floral.
While a little more expensive than your average sewing machine tote, the Tutto Sewing Machine Case on Wheels is crafted for strength and durability.
It’s also bigger and will fit a machine with a larger throat space.
The outer material is ballistic nylon, and it has a fiberglass frame, making it strong enough to protect your sewing machine, quilting machine, or even serger.
It features wheels that turn more easily than other competitors, and it also has the ability to stack up to 150 pounds.
The two outside straps hold these stackable items and can be stored inside when not in use.
The handle also folds over the top of the case when you’re not using it–as a result, this case will fold to only 3″ deep so it’s not taking up too much space once you’ve unloaded your sewing machine.
The case opens on the top and front, and there are numerous pockets, both zippered and not, on the inside and outside of the wheeled case.
For example, the mesh pocket is perfect for carrying your fabric.
If you have a larger sewing machine or combination machine, look into their 2XL machine carrying case, which has inside dimensions of 28″ x 18″ x 14.”
And, if your sewing machine has an embroidery arm with it, you can purchase an auxiliary Tutto 28″ embroidery project bag to securely transport the arm.
Dimensions: 17″ x 7.5″ x 12″
A little newer on the market, the Luxja rolling tote bag makes this list of best sewing machine totes.
While it might not be the most sturdy or as durable as the Tutto, it will get you from Point A to Point B with a ton of accessories in tow.
This sewing machine trolley is padded and crafted with heavy-duty nylon. Adjustable, buckle straps secure your sewing machine in the case.
The bag opens wide, easily allowing you to slip your sewing machine in and out.
If you love compartmentalizing your accessories, this sewing machine tote is worth a good look for its price.
There are SO many pockets and zippered areas. (These include 8 net pockets, 1 net zippered pocket, 7 cloth pockets,1 cloth zipper pocket, and 2 transparent zipper pockets.)
The mesh pockets store threads, the segmented pockets store sewing scissors, tape measures, seam rippers, and other tools, and the clear zippered pockets will store smaller items like buttons.
If you don’t want to roll your sewing machine along with you, you can carry it with the adjustable shoulder strap or top handle. Otherwise, you can roll it with its telescoping handle.
It comes in several colors and patterns, so you should have no problems finding a design you like.
Dimensions: 15.7″ x 7.5″ x 11.5″ internally
Next up is the YARWO sewing machine trolley, which will also transport your sewing machine safely and efficiently.
One thing that sets it apart from the competition is the dolly part of the bag detaches so you can carry it over your shoulder or by hand with less weight.
Another difference is this sewing machine trolley includes a handle on the top of the case so you can carry it one-handed. (In contrast, handles on either side like the above two Everything Mary tote options make two-handed carrying more necessary.)
The outside pocket of this tote is padded and will hold many sewing supplies. There are also zipper pockets on the inside and sides of the trolley that you can fill with accessories.
This YARWO sewing machine carrying case comes in a variety of solid colors as well as tastefully decorative prints.
How Much Should You Spend on A Sewing Machine Rolling Case?
Sewing machine rolling case prices vary wildly depending on the brand and the features offered.
You can reasonably expect to spend around $50-$150 to get a durable, versatile tote.
I was always been hesitant to purchase a snazzy tote that cost more than my sewing machine simply because I could always replace my sewing machine for less than the cost of the tote.
However, my embroidery machine, which cost more than my used car, has its own luggage that came with it. I’m not taking any chances when transporting it around!
If you’re deciding between a sewing machine carrying case on wheels vs. a carrying case without, you’ll find that wheeled cases are more expensive since they offer that added functionality.
I hope you now have an idea of the options available for sewing machine rolling totes and can confidently pick the case that’s going to help you travel best with your sewing machine!