Why to Make a Sewing Machine Cover
Once you have set up your new sewing machine, which project should you get started with? One great project to kick off your journey with your new sewing machine is to sew it its own cover. Many sewing machines come with covers, however most of the time they are ill-fitting and ugly. Why not make your own? That way, you can pick the colour, fabric, and style to match your sewing room decor. Not only are they stylish though; sewing machine covers also protect your machine from dust, debris, and damage. You definitely need a cover, so why not sew one yourself?
How to Do It
There are patterns for sewing machine covers all over the internet if you just know where to look. This article will detail how to make a simple, boxy, cloth sewing machine cover complete with pockets for all of your sewing accessories.
You can choose to sew with any fabric you choose. Cotton fabric is perhaps the easiest to sew with, but if you are interested in making a more durable cover, then you can also use a heavy duty fabric like vinyl, canvas, or denim.
Measure and record the following dimensions of your sewing machine:
- Sewing machine height (make sure to start measuring from the tallest point on the machine)
- Sewing machine width
- Sewing machine depth
- Handle width
- Handle length
- Foot control width
2. Cut Out the Pattern Pieces
Now you are ready to cut out the pattern pieces. There are five pieces in all: the main cover, the sides (two of them) the pocked, and the handle. To determine the sizes of these pieces, you can use the measurements below.
- Main cover: Length = sewing machine depth + 2 x sewing machine height; Width = sewing machine width + 1.5 inches
- Sides: Length = sewing machine height + 0.5 inches; Width = sewing machine depth + 1 inch
- Pocked: Length = 2 x (foot control width + 2.5 inches); Width = sewing machine width + 1.5 inches
- Handle: Length = handle length + 4 inches; Width = handle width + 4 inches
3. Sew the Pocket
Fold the pocket piece in half lengthwise and place the fold on the bottom. Cut a 2 inch wide bias strip to fit the pocket’s width. Fold the bias strip in half lengthwise and align the raw edges with the raw edges of the pocket. Sew the bias strip to the pocket with a 0.25 inch seam allowance.
Next, push the bias tape up toward the seam allowances and fold the top edge down. Now, place the pocket 1 inch from the main cover’s bottom. Baste the two short sides of the pocked before edge stitching the bottom edge.
4. Curve the Side Pieces
If your sewing machine has a curvy design, then completing this step will ensure a better fit of the cover. If you have a more boxy sewing machine, skip this step and keep the sides square.
Use a fashion ruler to draw a gradual curve along the top of the side pieces. This small adjustment will allow the cover to fit the sewing machine’s curvature.
Now, add two rows of simple basting stitches to the main cover in the places it will join with the curved side pieces. Sew two rows of stitches close to the side edges starting 6 inches before the fold and 6 inches after the fold.
Pull the thread to gather the basting stitches together. Align the right sides and bottom edges together and pin one side pieces to either side of the main cover. Sew the sides into place with a 0.5 inch seam allowance. Once the edges are fathered, simply attach the side pieces.
5. Sew the Handle Opening
Finish the handles four edges with a 0.5 inch double rolled hem. Place the cover onto the machine and decide where you want the handle to go. Mark this area with four pins. Centre the handle facing wrong side up over the pins. Now, pin the handle facing to the sewing machine cover.
Trace a rectangle in thee facing’s middle using the handle’s length and width measurements. Cut out the rectangle. Now, push the handle facing through the rectangle to the cover’s wrong side. Apply bias binding to the hem edge like you did with the pocked binding previously. To determine the bias strip length, make sure to measure the cover’s hem circumference and add about 1 inch for the overlap. Ensure that you sew the strip’s short end together using a 0.5 inch seam allowance before you attach the bias strip to the cover’s lowest edge.
And just like that, you have sewn your own sewing machine cover! Finish it off with a fun patch or decal if you like for a sweet, personal touch.