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Make a Sewing Machine Cover

I used 100-percent cotton fabric to make this decorative cover. If youd rather make a more durable cover, canvas, vinyl, or denim are great options. You also may want to fuse and quilt the main cover and side pieces with fusible fleece for extra padding.
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.
To ensure the cover will fit your machine, its important to take precise measurements.
I used 100-percent cotton fabric to make this decorative cover. If youd rather make a more durable cover, canvas, vinyl, or denim are great options. You also may want to fuse and quilt the main cover and side pieces with fusible fleece for extra padding.

I used 100-percent cotton fabric to make this decorative cover. If you'd rather make a more durable cover, canvas, vinyl, or denim are great options. You also may want to fuse and quilt the main cover and side pieces with fusible fleece for extra padding.

Photo: Dana Finkle

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:

Sewing machine length Be sure to begin measuring from the tallest part.

Sewing machine width:

Sewing machine width

Sewing machine depth:

Sewing machine depth

Handle width:

Handle length

Handle length:

Handle width

Foot control width:

Foot control width

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Comments (8)

Brenda_Suzanne Brenda_Suzanne writes: I used decor fabric and used a flannel lining to soften the contact with my machine. I have a project pocket on the front to keep info about the current project. I also made a matching one for my serger.
Posted: 4:20 pm on June 2nd

grey_matters grey_matters writes: I made a cover from patchwork strips made from scraps of various blue fabrics (to match my sewing room) saved from old garments or leftovers from other projects. I quilted it to make it a bit more substantial. When I'd finished it, one of the patches seemed rather plain, so I embellished it with 3 buttons - again, saved from old garments. This helps me identify the front easily, as my cover is asymmetrical to fit over my machine more snugly.

The pocket on yours is a good idea, but I never take my machine anywhere so I don't really need one on my cover.
Posted: 7:36 am on February 18th

grey_matters grey_matters writes: to tjw6150
the foot pedal width is needed to cut the front pocket to the correct size.
Posted: 7:18 am on February 18th

tjw6150 tjw6150 writes: Nicely done! But, why do we need to measure the foot control width?
Posted: 11:41 am on February 17th

ZakFerdie ZakFerdie writes: Ahh, you guys always have the greatest ideas when it comes to decoration.
Posted: 2:00 am on February 17th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: Beautiful cover!

Mine is a patchwork out of fabric samples (how many of those have we collected?), and lined it with an old pillowcase. Stitch with a, "When will I ever use this color?" spool of thread, and it's a virtually no-cost project.
Posted: 2:17 pm on February 15th

sewgramms sewgramms writes: Very pretty cover.
A few years ago I found quilted fabric with a sewing theme and made sewing machine covers for myself and three daughters. I made a pattern from an old cover. Yours is much more detailed.
Posted: 4:34 pm on February 14th

James1986 James1986 writes: Very good idea Dana ;) After all you have to protect the tools of trade. I bet all the girls here will be very happy with your article!
Posted: 9:24 am on February 12th

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