Making a Replacement Sewing Machine Cover

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Finished cover on machine.I purchased this little machine for my grandchildren to use, but found that it was a great travel machine for me too. After a couple of years of use the original thin vinyl cover began to tear around the opening for the handle.


Total Time: 3+ hours


Package lable for batting.


  1. I measured the old cover and added 1/2 inch to the measurement of the width of the front and back pieces. I used the original measurement for the long strip that crosses over the top.
  2. Original vinyl cover.
  3. I made a pattern using newsprint paper.
  4. Making pattern.
  5. Cut 4 pieces of fabric for the main body, front and back. I cut two of the main color and two of my lining fabric choice. Cut two pieces of fabric for the long top to sides strip.
  6. Cutting front and back pieces.

  7. Cut two pieces of batting using the front/back pattern and one using the crossover piece.
  8. Cutting batting for the crossover strip.
  9. Sandwich batting between fabric with right sides out. Baste.
  10. View of basted sandwiched fabric and batting.
    Sandwiched fabric and batting crossover  strip.
    Layers of fabric and batting.
  11. I wanted to do some machine stitching to secure the fabric and batting. I stitched around the front and back rectangles and the long cross over strip approximately 1.5 inches in from the basted edges. I felt that I wanted additional machine quilting, so I created a design on the front and back by basting a ray from the upper left corner to the opposite corner. Then I added a second and third ray by basting from the upper corner to the center of the right side and the lower stitching lines. Stitch along basting and remove threads.
  12. Closeup of quilting stitching.
    View of completed outline and ray quilting.

  13. Now stitch a length of bias tape to the bottoms of front and back pieces and the short ends of the crossover strip.
  14. Pieces with bias tape added.
  15. I needed to make an opening for the carry handle. I made a bound opening. I marked the length needed to accommodate the handle on the outside of the top strip. Then I cut a rectangle of fabric longer and wider than the opening needed. Mine was a bit too small, but it worked. I would recommend that your rectangle be at least 1 inch longer on each end and 1 inch wider top and bottom, measuring from the cut line marking. On the wrong side of the fabric rectangle mark the line where you will cut the opening and a stitching line at least .25 to .5 inches from the cutting line. Position the fabric, right sides together, lining up the cutting line with the placement markings on the cover. Sew on the stitching line, starting in the center of the top of the rectangle, all of the way around. Now cut along the cutting line stopping 1/4 inch from the ends, from here cut at an angle toward the corners. Turn the fabric to the inside of the cover. Stitch around the opening to secure.
  16. Measuring for the handle opening.
    Making a Replacement Sewing Machine Cover
    Making a Replacement Sewing Machine Cover
    Finished handle opening.

  17. Pin the front to the long strip right sides together and stitch taking approximately .25 inch seam. Repeat for the back. Tie threads and turn right side out. You are done, enjoy your new cover.
  18. Sewing front and back to crossover strip.

Note: I was making a replacement cover, but you can follow this same process, once you have measured your machine to determine the dimensions for the cover. Remember to give yourself extra for seam allowances.

View of the handle through the opening.r

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