I made a sewing machine cover last week (I say last week – as though I just whipped it up on a whim. I started making this sodding thing in February but put it aside when I ran out of bias binding and I haven’t picked it up since). I made it because my sewing machine – much as I love it – has the biggest, ugliest plastic clomp of a cover.
This was a bit of a ‘sew and see what happens’ kind of project. I was working it out as I went. I added the interfacing as an afterthought – once I’d stitched the main pieces together – because it looked too flimsy. I wouldn’t recommend this, it took me bloody ages. Add it first!
These measurements are to fit my Janome machine – it is a standard sized machine, but if you have a smaller or bigger one, well, obviously make the pattern smaller or bigger… (I know you’re thinking, well, duh. But, you know).
You will need:
- about 1m main fabric (see measurements below)
- about 1m thick iron-on interfacing
- 1m x 15cm strip matching fabric, plus scraps
- about 1.5m white bias-binding
- Begin by cutting the fabric. From the main fabric cut 2 pieces measuring 45 x 30cm. Pin the pieces together and cut the top corners so that the edges are rounded. Cut one strip of contrasting fabric measuring 15 x 100cm (I sewed two bits together to make a long piece). Using these pieces as templates, cut another strip and 2 large pieces from the interfacing. Iron on as per the instructions to strengthen the fabric.
2. Make snips 1cm into the curved edges, then pin the strip all along one of the rectangles from base to base, right sides together. Sew in place with a 1cm seam allowance.
3. Flip the fabric around and pin the other large piece onto the strip, right sides together, as before. Press the seams out.
4. If you want to create a hole in the cover for your machine handle and cables, place the cover over your machine, mark in pins where the handle sits then cut out a hole (avoid curved edges for a simpler shape for binding). Repeat for the cables.
5. Sew on the binding – start with the base of the cover, then the cut out sections.
6. For the appliqué, print out your text and cut out a square around each letter. Cut a corresponding square from fabric and attach interfacing on to the back, to stop it from fraying and to give it a little body. Arrange and pin the fabric and the text onto the front of the cover.
7. Sew around the letters, over the top of the paper. Then pull away the paper and cut away the excess fabric, as close as you can get to your stitch line.
That’s it! I’m not sure I love LOVE the finished result to be honest. I went for quite timid colours – mainly because I always make super bright things and I think sometimes the stuff I make comes out a bit garish. This is a bit dull for me, it needs… something. I don’t know what yet. Maybe I’ll make another (garish) one!