Make a Sewing Machine Cover
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Start off the new year right by making a protective covering for one of your most prized possessions–your sewing machine. Sewing machine covers add a pop of color to your sewing room, but more importantly, they protect your machine from dust and debris while it’s not in use. The following customized cover features a large front pocket for the foot control and various sewing essentials, a top opening for the carrying handle, and a decorative appliquéd patch to set your cover apart. To get started, choose a base fabric and a coordinating fabric for the binding. Then, take the machine’s measurements, as described below.
Make a Sewing Machine Cover
1. Measure and record the following dimensions:
Sewing machine height:
Be sure to begin measuring from the tallest part.
Sewing machine width:
Sewing machine depth:
Foot control width:
2. Cut the pieces. There are five pieces in total: the main cover, the sides (cut 2), the pocket, and the handle opening facing. To determine the dimensions for each piece, plug in the measurements from above to the equations below. Cut each piece from the base fabric. For the facing, cut interfacing the same size, and fuse it to the facing’s wrong side.
a)Main cover: Length = sewing machine depth + 2x the sewing machine height; Width = sewing machine width + 1 1/2 inches
b)Sides (cut 2): Length = sewing machine height + 1/2 inch; Width = sewing machine depth + 1 inch
c)Pocket: Length = 2x (foot control width + 2.5 inches); Width = sewing machine width + 1 1/2 inches
d)Handle opening facing: Length = handle length + 4 inches; Width = handle width + 4 inches
3. Begin with the pocket. Fold the pocket piece in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together.
Place the fold on the bottom.
4. Create the binding. Cut a 2-inch-wide bias strip to the pocket’s width dimension. Fold the bias strip in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together. With the pocket right side up, align the folded bias strip’s raw edges with the pocket’s raw edges. Sew the bias strip to the pocket with a 1/4-inch-wide seam allowance.
Instead of making your own bias tape, you may use commercial bias tape and follow the manufacturer’s application instructions.
5. Push the bias tape up toward the seam allowances , then fold its top edge down to the pocket’s wrong side. The fold should sit just below the seamline on the wrong side. Stitch-in-the-ditch from the pocket’s right side, being sure to catch the fold as you sew.
The stitching should be barely visible from the right side.
6. With right sides up, place the pocket 1 inch from the main cover’s bottom edge. Baste the pocket’s two short sides in place before edgestitching the pocket’s bottom edge. For extra strength, sew a second line of stitching 1/4 inch above the edgestitching.
Note that the bias binding runs along the pocket’s top edge.
7. Create a slight curve. Use a fashion ruler or another curved object as a guide to draw a slight curve at the top of the side pieces. Reflect the curve along the piece’s center. Trim the pieces accordingly.
This adjustment will enable the cover to better fit the machine’s curvature. However, if you have a square-shaped machine, you can eliminate this step as well as the gathering sections in steps 8 and 9.
8. Add two rows of basting stitches to the main cover where it will join with the curved side pieces. To determine where to place the basting, fold the main cover piece in half lengthwise. Sew two rows of basting stitches close to the side edges beginning 6 inches before the fold and continuing 6 inches after the fold, for a total of 12 inches.
Prepare to attach the side pieces to the main cover by adding gathering stitches to the edges.
9. Gently pull the thread to gather the basting stitches. With right sides together, and bottom edges aligned, pin one side piece to either side of the main cover. The main cover’s fold also should align with the side piece’s peak. Repeat for the second side. Sew the sides in place with a 1/2-inch-wide seam allowance.
Once the main cover’s edges are gathered, attach the side pieces.
10. Get started on the handle opening by finishing the handle facing’s four edges with a 1/2-inch, double-rolled hem. Place the cover as is on your machine and determine where the handle opening should be located. Mark the placement with at least four pins before removing the cover from the machine. Center the hemmed handle facing, wrong side up, over the pins. Remove the pins from below and pin the handle facing to the machine cover.
Determine where to place the top handle opening.
11. Draw a rectangle in the facing’s center using the handle’s width and length measurements. For example, my machine’s handle was 1-inch-wide, as noted below. Draw a horizontal line in the middle of the rectangle and four more lines that continue out to the corners. Sew a seam around the original rectangle’s edges. Cut along the rectangle’s center line, continuing out to the corners, and up to the stitching line.
When cutting into the rectangle, be sure not to cut into the stitching line.
12. Push the handle facing through the hole to the cover’s wrong side. Press the opening flat as shown below, and finish by topstitching around the rectangle opening.
Make sure the opening lies flat before applying the topstitching. If it does not, additional clipping from step 11 may be necessary.
13. Apply the bias binding to the hem edge as with the pocket binding in steps 4 and 5 above. However, to determine the bias strip length, measure the cover’s hem circumference and add 1 inch for the strip overlap. Be sure to sew the strip’s short ends together using a 1/2-inch-wide seam allowance before attaching the continuous bias strip to the cover’s lower edge.
Finally, attach a fun patch with your name or a sewing-related phrase to make your cover one-of-a-kind.
Have you ever made a sewing machine cover? What are some of your favorite features? What fabric would you suggest using? Do you have a patch phrase in mind that you’d like to include? Please share your comments below!
To add a nametag or a cute sewing-related phrase to your cover, you can transfer a printed image to fabric with heat-transfer paper, as I did, or simply write the text with a fabric marker on a piece of complementary fabric. Finally, cut the fabric to the shape of your choice and appliqué it in the desired location.