Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sew A Sewing Machine Cover

I have two sewing machines, so far. One of them is a beautiful old cast iron Bernina 707 it is a real workhorse and I picked it up for a song. It rarely breaks and if there is ever an issue it is inexpensive and easy to fix s there are no delicate computerised parts to mess with. As tempted as I am to leave it out on display I want to protect it from dust so I store it in the hard carry case it came in. 

Now my second workhorse is also a Bernina, a 1008, by now you have guessed my machine make preference. This does not have a fancy case but does need protecting so one afternoon after so long of never getting round to it I finally made a slip cover for my sewing machine. I managed to run this up, and photograph it so quickly whilst stopping in the middle to breastfeed that I am ashamed that I put it off for so long. Oh well it is done now and it does look lovely.

Although I only used two fabrics you could use up smaller remnants and have different print fabric for each section for a real mis-matched granny chic look.

1. you need to take the measurements of your machine. This is quite simple, all you need to do is make sure that you treat the object as a rectangle measure from the widest/highest points.
2. The measurements you need to take are from the base to the top, the width and the depth. Having these measurements allow you to make a cuboid shape.
3. Next you need to cut out all of your fabric pieces, remember to wash and press your fabric first. You can refer to my post on general sewing tips by clicking on this link. Follow the pattern guide below to see what you need to cu out. If you want to add a pocket at the back for the table of your machine, like I have pictured above you need to cut a further 2 pieces approximately3/4 the size of your front/back piece. I chose to do this in a contrasting fabric.
4. Take the pocket pieces and join across the top, right sides together. Fold the right way around, (wrong sides together) press and top stitch along the closed edge. Pin this to the right side of the back piece and treat the whole thing as one piece of fabric. That way when you join them together the pocket will become joined at the side seams.
5.With the right sides together sew the outer fabric together. I would start by joining the two sides to the front piece then add the back. Now that they are all joined you can pin the top in and stitch. Repeat this process with the lining fabric.
6. Place the lining inside the outer piece fold in the edges and top sew. Press and use! 


3 comments:

  1. There are lots more features that I want to play with & explore. I’ve been doing some free-motion quilting but really want to dig into that even more! There is a handy start/stop button & knee lift that I’ve got to practice with. best sewing machine

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  2. That looks so great! I would love to create similar, for my sewing machine.. I just bought a new one, as my mum passed down to me a 1980's machine lol, I opted for the Brother SE400, and it is very good.

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  3. Just got a new machine and this would be a great project to start. embroidery-machine

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