A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle...
Sewing Kit: A Stitch in Tiny
A stitch in time saves nine, as they say, and that is never more true than when underway.
On the road, a minimal sewing kit keeps weight down. On board, it helps declutter the living space, since a more comprehensive kit can be stowed less handily but out-of-sight.
This little kitlet shown above has been a companion since my hitching days. It still handles 90% of all the sewing I need do.
Waterproof Matchbox (Coglan's™, among others)
Polyester Thread (Gutermann's™ #10 Black 100m)
2 Needles (One heavy, large eye and one small, fine eye)
Tailor's Thimble (I.e., no cap; sized to index finger)
That open top tailor's thimble is important, as others likely won't fit in the standard matchbox. Stow with narrow end down.
There's a little extra space left in the kit. Consider a sheathed Exacto™ blade for cutting thread, and maybe a Bandaid™?
Another 9% of my sewing is handled by the Speedy Stitcher™ (shown below). This is for heavy duty work, such as leather or canvas, and develops a chain stitch. There is another type with the spool stowed above the handle, in line with the needle. This makes sense, though having tried both, I prefer the in handle variant. Beware of cheap imitations!
I haven't carried the Speedy with me on the road, though it would have come in handy at times, but it has a place of honor in our middle kit.
Watch out for the pointy ends!