Moving to KANSAS! And in need of a little advice…

I was going to wait a little longer to make this major announcement (until we had visas at least!), but I’ve come up against a few stumbling points that I feel my fellow bloggers would be best to answer.

1. About my beloved Pfaff!

On the relocation package we have been given, shipping over our possessions is not an option. But I am planning on checking my sewing machine in as luggage. Does anyone have any advice on this?
But more importantly, does anyone know if it will actually work in the States? We run on 240V in Australia, and I believe it is 210V over there. Will this be a problem?
I’m planning to get it serviced before we go, so I thought I’d ask the experts there too.
2. Knitting!
It’s quite possible that I won’t be able to sew for a month with all the ditching, moving and finding a house business that will be going on. HELP!!!!! I have decided I will keep my crafty fingers busy by learning the art of knitting. Now I can cast on and knit the basic stitch (ie make a scarf!) but that is where it all ends for me. I would love some advice on sock making, knitting books, and patterns. However, most pressing for me is to know what type of needles I should buy and what type/and how much yarn I should take. I figure that by the time I have the chance to read about what I will need, I will be on my way and stuck without the correct tools.
A big thank you in advance for all the advice and thoughts that come my way! 

20 thoughts on “Moving to KANSAS! And in need of a little advice…

  1. How exciting! I have a Pfaff sewing machine as well and it has a switch on the bottom to change the voltage. I would take extra care in wrapping your machine, to avoid any damage during transit, given that it is a computerized machine. I picked up knitting again last winter and found both Ravelry and Craftsy (courses) incredibly handy . Good luck with the preperations!

    1. Thank you! You set my mind at ease about my machine…and I think I will see if the sewing machine shop has any spare boxes/packaging I can use when I get my machine serviced. I might start looking at those courses too.

  2. i’m afraid i don’t know any of the answers to the questions you’re asking, but i had to chime in to say that i grew up in KS! good luck with the move, while i know the ordeal of moving a family cross country, i can’t even imagine a move to a different country. hope all goes well!

    1. Thank you! It’s all a little overwhelming at the moment. We are hoping to live not too far from Overland Park where hubby will work, so I am in the process of researching a good elementary school so we will know which area to find a house. I don’t suppose you have any suggestions ;-). I’m gathering as much information as possible at the moment!

    2. overland park is a great area! i don’t know a thing about the school districts, but definitely do your research. i grew up in wichita so i never made it to KC much. another blogger Katie from Creative Counselor is in that area too, may want to look her up for suggestions!

  3. Wow! I can’t even begin to imagine how much work this will be for you and your family, but what an adventure. I have no advice re: your sewing machine. With knitting, I am a novice also and rely on You Tube to learn anything more complex that a knit or purl. I have Knit Pix interchangeable needles and they keep me happy. I’ve knitted a few garments with them and haven’t had too much trouble with them. Good luck!

  4. Congratulations on your move. Your family will have such a great time. I recently moved back to Oz after living in Montreal for 5 years with my hubby and 3 daughters. As chance would have it I have the same Pfaff machine as you that I purchased in Canada and I’m now successfully using in Sydney. Obviously you need a plug adaptor but nothing else. Check on the bottom plate of the machine that it shows both voltages and you are good to go. I had mine shipped in a container via sea so can’t advise on taking it on the plane. I would recommend sending some things via unaccompanied baggage so you don’t haul everything. I have used World Baggage to ship 5 or so packing boxes (via DHL) that you might need immediately. This saves having to take 2 suitcases each. I moved with 5 month year old twins and a three year old when I moved to Canada and it was a godsend to have access to some of the small things that make them feel settled and happy. Email me if you need any other tips.

  5. I’m so relieved that it looks like I can take my machine! I don’t think I would survive without it…and I am sure we will all be needing some new winter woollies over there. Thanks for the advice on DHL. I will look into that. So far, all I’ve found are prohibitively expensive freight options to the USA.

    1. Freight is expensive. My five tea chest boxes from Canada via were around $800 so it’s not cheap but you get your stuff in a week and delivered to your door. If you go onto the worldbaggage site you can get a quote online immediately if you have an idea on how many boxes you might send.

      I wouldn’t even bother buying anything winter related here. Stuff in the US is so cheap and geared to the weather they have there.

    2. Thanks Lisa. I’ve finally got to the point where I make nearly all of my family’s clothes so I am just going to have to suck it up and purchase some winter woollies when we get there to get us out of trouble. Everybody says it is so cheap to buy clothes….I am hoping this extends to fabric too!

  6. Wow! That’s a huge move. You are so brave! I don’t know how I’d go picking up and moving to a whole new country. I did the year overseas as a 20 something, but am getting less brave in my old age πŸ™‚ I would definitely suggest KnitPro Symfonie interchangeable needles (circular). They are awesome and I agree with the commenters above. Crafty, You Tube and Ravely for sure. Good luck!

    1. I’m definitely more scared than I was ten years ago when I did what I thought would be my one and only overseas stint. Not feeling so brave right now, but thankfully hubby is a rock! Thanks for the KnitPro advice. I am going to get some woolly sock knitting underway when I am in transit…I hope!

  7. Sometime follower, first time commenter. No useful advice from me, I’m afraid – I just wanted to wish you luck for the move.

    I enjoy your blog – do you think you’ll keep it up post move?

    Safe travels

    Spud (from Melbourne).

  8. Thank you Spud! I will absolutely keep this blog up! My fabric sources may change slightly and I am using the move as an excuse to get a better overlocker πŸ˜‰ but I imagine, after a short break, I will be right back at it!

  9. No real tips from me either and also wanted to wish you well. I also have a PFAFF that I’m very fond of. I miss it even if I go to the coast for a few days, I usually save up some hand sewing to take along with the boogie board. all the best on your adventure

  10. Thank you! After a bit more review, I fear my knitting excitement is starting to wane, although at the very least I plan to make a scarf and finally learn how to purl and cast off. My thoughts are now on sewing by something by hand that I might not otherwise take the time to do, like maybe the How Joyful teddy bear. I’m thinking it will now be an absolute mystery as to what my first post from Kansas will end up being about πŸ˜‰

    1. The knit world is hugely exciting! Hop on over to and sign up (membership is free)…you won’t believe what you’ll see there πŸ™‚

  11. Best of luck with your move:) I’ve recently taken up sock knitting and had great success with the Two socks, one week Knit along. There’s a link on my blog. Also Ravelry is a great site for finding free user rated knitting patterns ( using the advanced search.)

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