Making a Sewing Machine Cover
You can save money, keep your machine clean, and have fun making a cover for your sewing machine. This is a guide about making a sewing machine cover.
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For an inexpensive sewing machine cover, purchase a good quality pillow case from the thrift store or yard sale. Cut and shape the bottom, fancy open end to fit your sewing machine. Sew across the edge you just cut. You can add lace or whatever you like to embellish it.
By Ron from Cortez, CO
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
- poly-fil polyester quilt batting
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
- sewing pins
- tape measure and ruler
- paper for pattern
- cotton fabric
- quilt width double fold bias tape
- 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.
- I made a pattern using newsprint paper.
- 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.
- Cut two pieces of batting using the front/back pattern and one using the crossover piece.
- Sandwich batting between fabric with right sides out. Baste.
- 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.
- Now stitch a length of bias tape to the bottoms of front and back pieces and the short ends of the crossover strip.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
April 2, 20130 found this helpful
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. So I decided to make it a new cover. View the full project here: Making a Replacement Sewing Machine Cover
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I'm looking for a pattern to make a cover for my portable Singer sewing machine.
By Maryeileen from Brooklyn, OH
June 6, 20090 found this helpful
Thanks for the links, MCW. I did do a brief search, but posted this hoping that someone would post a tried and true pattern that they have used.
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June 11, 20090 found this helpful
I actually made a cover for my machine with a white pillowcase, some bias binding and fabric paint. First, choose the right size case by measuring your machine's height at the tallest point and length at the longest point (don't forget to include any protruding bits). Then cut the case to the finished length you want. Finish the raw edge with bias (mine is green with small white pin dots), then paint on whatever design you fancy with coordinating fabric paints. You could also applique on shapes using iron-on patches or fusible web on fabric scraps. You can accent the edges of these with fabric paint which I find also seals the fusing for better wear.