Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Sewing Machine Cover

When we buy a new sewing machine, everyone gets the standard white plastic slip-on cover to use to protect it from everyday dust.  How many of you can honestly own up and say you like it or you actually use it? Well, I did use it but it was so boring to look at. My sewing machine faded into the background, which didn’t inspire me to sew. Enough already, I thought, lets make this my next sewing project, thanks to Love to Sew who shared a very easy tutorial on how to make one.
These sizes are for a standard sewing machine, I found them a little baggy for my sewing machine which is the Brother ES2020. Click on the link for information about the sewing machine I have and where it was purchased.

Materials Required:
2x 17” x 11” Cotton Fabric (this is for the front and back of the cover)
8” x 36” Cotton Fabric (This will make the sides and top )
Tape Measure
Scissors
Pins
Marker
Ruler
Bias Tape (Optional)
Time Taken: 2 hours
Skills Learnt: Using bias tape & top stitching, improving straight stitching technique.
7 Steps to Making a Sewing Machine Cover
1. Cut the fabric according the sizes stated above or to your own sewing machine measurements. Tip: If you are using plain fabric stick a pin on the wrong side of the fabric so you know which side to use later.
2. Press the fabric to iron out the creases. Do not iron the fabric as this tends to stretch it, lightly add pressure in the creased areas to remove the lines.
3. Cut the fabric in a curve shape at the top corners to round off.
4. Pin the long strip on one of the rectangles with the right sides together. The cover will begin to take shape and you will notice you are sewing your cover inside out in order to hide the stitching.
Use a straight stitch on the sewing machine to sew a seam using the edge of the sewing machine foot as a guide. Be careful around the corners, I found these to be the most tricky parts in the whole project.
5. Repeat step 4 of this process for attaching the other rectangle.
6. Turn the sewing machine cover right side out.
Finish off the cover with either a standard hem or Bias Tape.
Bias Tape Option
I used bias tape for hemming the bottom of the cover to give it a more polished look. I found this  You Tube video by akarol123 excellent for describing the process. 
Hemming Option
If you do not want to use bias tape feel free to hem the rough edges of the cover. Turn up the fabric by 1/4” and press. Repeat this once more, press and sew a straight stitch along the seam. Continue to follow this step until all the sides have been hemmed.
7. Put your new cover on your sewing machine and admire. Your sewing machine will thank you for protecting it from dust.
Feel free to drop me a comment or email me about your thoughts on this project, I would love to hear your views.

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