Friday, April 16, 2010

Sewing Machine Cover

For someone who sews, you would think that I would have made a sewing machine cover a long time ago. Instead, I put it off until my machine started to look really dusty and I knew it had to be done. (which is more than a year after getting my present machine)

So, I made a very simple cover that is basically a big rectangle that lays over the machine and ties on the sides, and it's reversible.

It was really simple to make, and I should have done a tutorial, but totally didn't think of it. I'll explain what I did anyway. I think it will make sense even without pictures.

1. Measure your machine. You measure from the bottom back, over the top, to the front bottom. Do this at the thickest part of the machine, usually on the right where the dials/buttons/etc. are. Then measure from side to side. Add about 1 inch to that measurement so the cover will not fit too tight, and then also add seam allowance. Here's an example using a 5/8in (standard) seam allowance and the measurements from my machine. You, of course, would use your own measurements and your preferred seam allowance.
first measurement = 27in
second measurement = 15in

27in + 1in = 28in 15in + 1in = 16in

5/8in seam allowance x 2 = 1 1/4in

28in + 1 1/4in = 29 1/4in 16in + 1 1/4in = 17 1/4in

The underlined numbers are the measurements you will be using.

2. Cut two rectangles from your fabric that are the dimensions you came up with above. (Ex: 29 1/4in x 17 1/4in) You can use two different fabrics so that you can alternate the look.

3. Lay the rectangles one on top of the other with the right sides together and pin all around.

4. Now we have to mark where the ties go. For this, I just laid the "cover" on my machine and marked where I wanted the ties to go. There will be four ties, so your marks should look something like this.
5. Now we need to make the ties. You can use whatever you like for this, ribbon, yarn, sewn fabric strips, etc. I used bias tape that I sewed closed. You can make the ties any length you want as long as there is enough length to tie them. I made mine about three times as long as the width of my machine (front to back). If your ties are thick, you may need them a little longer, and don't forget to account for seam allowance! (If you decide to use yarn, cord, or something that may pull out of the stitches, be sure to tie a knot on the end that will be on the inside.)

6. To attach the ties you need to sandwich them between your two pieces of fabric where you made the marks. Get them straight, and pin them where your stitch line will be so they don't shift around.

7. Now it's time to sew! You will sew all the way around leaving an opening so you can turn it all right side out. Also, back stitch over the ties to make sure they're secured well. Then clip your corners. It should look something like this.

8. Turn your cover right side out and get the corners pushed out right. Now you can either press the seams, or do what I did. I just press the seam with my hands and pin it in place. It isn't really any faster, but I don't have to pull out the iron!

9. Now top-stitch all the way around, making sure the opening is closed, and your done!

I guess this ended up being a tutorial after all. Hope it made sense, and if I made a mistake somewhere let me know so I can fix it. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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