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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Increase Your E-Notion IQ - Tutto Machine on Wheels Product Review

You already know I'm on a plane today so how did this post get here?  I asked Jean from Jean Creates to review something for me and she agreed.  I'm so glad!!!  Take it away Jean :)

Hi, I'm Jean of Jean Creates. Kelly's traveling to the quilt market in Houston and she asked me to do a review for her. We thought it would be a natural for me to review my most recent purchase from I Have a Notion --  the Tutto Machine on Wheels case.
Let me start off by saying I'm just doing this review to cover for a friend who's traveling and I really like this case. I'm not getting any payment or special discounts for this or any product. I'll let you know when I do a paid review. Now that we got that out of the way...

I travel a lot with my machine, "Heywould Janome", and he is one heavy guy. Not being a weight lifter, I wanted a way to transport Heywould (my machine) and his entourage (my tools) when I go on a road trip. Believe me when I say lugging a 30+ pound machine around is not fun. Rolling was the best option for me.  That's why I chose a Tutto Machine on Wheels XL case.

Tutto Machine on Wheels are heavy duty, yet light weight. The foundation of their design is their patented luggage frame -- a sturdy four-wheeled collapsible base for stability. And those four wheels keep it from wobbling while you're wheeling it about. The weight of the machine is evenly distributed with the four wheeled construction, lessening strain on my arms.

Tutto's Machine on Wheels cases are made to protect your machine for vehicle travel. The sturdy frame ensures your beloved machine is protected for vehicle travel*. As you can see, My Tutto Machine on Wheels XL case has cushioning and a seat belt for Heywould. This way he won't jostle about. And a seat belt for your machine is just as important as it is for you!

I love how I can access my machine two ways with my Tutto Machine on Wheels XL case -- I can lift it up out of the case, or pull it out from the front of the case.
This Tutto case is chock full of handy pockets/storage. I love how I can virtually pack everything I need for a class or retreat. See? Go ahead and click on the photos to see all the storage possibilities!
The side pockets are roomy enough to hold your foot pedal, extension cords, machine cords, knee lift, plus a few cones of thread plus a bottle of wine and four large bags of chocolate... Hahahaah! Seriously, those side pockets are HUGE! The front and back pockets will fit all the sewing tools you can imagine. I just put a few items here for suggestion. The back pocket is what I use for my oversize acrylic quilting bed (if I let it hang out as shown) and my class-size cutting mat. That pocket will also fit some of my fabric as well.

The handle is foldable and removable so it will fit in your trunk easily. And it assembles right on in a snap. Just stick one end in the slot, pull the other side back so it will clear, and insert the tab into the slot. That easy! It was sprinkling outside when I did my field testing. Try carrying your machine around in that kind of weather.

When my machine is out for home use, my Tutto Machine on Wheels XL case collapses and folds up for easy storage. I love how it doesn't take up a lot of space. I know this is an un-sexy shot, but you get the idea.

With all these features I didn't even think twice about purchasing a Tutto Machine on Wheels case. It's all I need wrapped up in a sturdy, durable case! And my baby Heywould deserves the very best
 * Small Print: When flying, I do not recommend checking your machine as baggage using this case. it was created specifically for vehicle transport. FYI, this size case does not satisfy airline carry-on requirements. 

THANK YOU Jean...I really appreciate your help and being the first guest blogger for IHAN.

Stay tuned for some Market pictures.



Rafael's Mum said...

What a fabulous review. If I had the spare cash lying around I'd buy one immediately! Thanks for that. Especially nice to see it in context, like in the boot and folded up!

SewCalGal said...

Excellet review Jean. I've heard good things about the Tutto before, but enjoyed hearing your insights and seeing how you packed it. Amazed how much you were able to store in your tutto and it looks well organized.

Thanks for sharing your insights.


Heleen Groot said...

I don't travel a lot, well at least not with my machine and after this review even I want this case....You should have been paid!

mblittle5 said...

I have an old carrier that my hubby purchased many years ago at JoAnn's. When I placed my Bernina 630 in it the safety belts hit one of the buttons used to adjust width or length and messed it up. After I got it back from the machine doctor it was fine, but now I use blue painter's tape to tape little plastic medicine cups over both of them to protect against pressure from the strap. I actually checked this bag (holding my precious Featherweight) through with my checked luggage when we took a trip to Las Vegas. I didn't realize we had it until we got to Vegas -- my husband thought it was luggage since it was sitting close (in the same room, at the other end of the room) to the rest of the luggage, LOL. It made it fine, but I added a little extra padding (dirty laundry) for the return trip!

Barb said...

I believe I have that one...and love it...but I don't fold it up, it houses all of my excess batting scraps and when I need it, the scraps go on the (well....we won't tell you the pile they are in)....

Sharon Pernes said...

I got one of these when I got my new machine last month and love it. Great review!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Great review, Jean! I'll certainly keep this one in mind when I'm ready to buy!
Love your retreat supplies:)

Denise :) said...

Great review -- I have been thinking about getting something like this. I think you may have helped me pin down which one I get! And I have to say, I love that it's PURPLE! :)

Julia said...

Great review. I own one and would highly recommend it! Quality on this case is first rate and is built to last.

Lisa @ Sixmunchkin Stitching said...

I also own one, and I love it! I have the one in maroon. I was able to take it with me on a trip and hold my rulers, and all my thread, scissors, and the like without wondering what other bag I had packed it in!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great review! Thanks!!

WoolenSails said...

I did get some really nice bags for my machine and accessories, but I never go anywhere, lol.


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I'd love one of these someday. But, if I had wine and sewing together, my sewing would be wonky, to say the least ;)

rubyslipperz said...

I LUV my tutto(s)...yep, I have more than one for different sized machines. My only problem is getting them up and down stairs and lifted into my car's seat where they are buckled in. I've thought about making/getting a ramp for the car? I usually carry the BIG BERTHA machine (50lbs) down one stair at a time...then, put into the TUTTO for pulling around at the destination.

GREAT pictures! Thanks for sharing!


Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

Oh crap, now there's something else I just gotta have!!!!

Snoodles said...

Oh, what an awesome bag! I love your ideas of things to pack, too! LOL

Janet said...

Wow, thanks! I've wanted one of these for awhile ... my 6600 ("Jack") would certainly fit if Heywood fits!

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