Tuesday, 17 December 2013

diy: sewing machine cover

for my first sewing project with my new sewing machine, a sewing machine cover seemed like the perfect option.
armed with some scrummy |duck&duffel| fabric, and the standard plastic cover that the machine came with, i set to work on making this cover -i think it works pretty well!

the first thing you need to do is cut out your fabric pieces. for this i simply traced the plastic cover which is made up of front and back pieces, and a side gusset piece. i then added 1cm all around for seam allowance and also cut out fabric for two side pockets using the side gusset as a reference.

the next thing to do is make your piping. work out how much you need for the cover main body and the pockets, and add a few inches for security. for this i bought some pre-made bias binding (1) and some piping cord, then simply ironed the bias binding flat, and sandwiched the cord in the middle (2). using a zipper foot, i then encased the cord inside.

next, i attached the pocket piping to the pocket pieces. pinning the piping onto my fabric right side up (3) i stitched the piping into place, then pressed the whole thing flat and zig zag stitched the raw edge on the inside.

with the pockets finished, i moved onto the gusset piece of fabric, and worked out where to make a keyhole opening for the sewing machine handle (4). to do this, i draped the fabric over my machine and stuck pins through on the four corners of the handle, then drew out the rectangle on the wrong side of the fabric and added 1cm.

you can add a rectangular piece of fusible interfacing around the marking for extra stability on the area, and then draw in the lines shown above inside your rectangle (5). then you can create the hole opening by cutting the inside lines only, and folding them in to the wrong side of the fabric (6).

press the opening flat (7), and then topstitch around the hole around 5mm from the edge. that's the keyhole opening finished!

now it's time to attach the piping to the main body fabric pieces.
following the same method as the pockets, pin the piping onto the right side of the fabric pieces and stitch into place (8: note: my bias binding shown here is wider than the seam allowance - i trimmed it down after sewing!).

once you have attached the piping to both the front and back fabric pieces, it is then time to attach the side gusset to join them all together. first, pin your pockets into place on the side gusset edges. then, working with one main body piece at a time, pin the side gusset to it with the right sides of the fabric together - sandwiching the piping in between the two (9). stitch into place being careful around the corners; i find dropping the needle down into the fabric and lifting the foot to move the fabric works really well and gives you more control.
one of my favourite features of this sewing machine is the speed setting control - perfect for beginners and great when you're feeling more confident too.

once you've attached one side, repeat for the other and then zig zag all raw edges. finally, turn up the bottom hem 1cm and stitch into place.
and ta-dah! turn the whole thing the right way out and you'll find some pretty swish looking piping (10).

and there we have it, a pretty nifty (and very practical) sewing machine cover that is pretty easy on the eyes too :)
if you have any questions or need any help from this tutorial then please let me know - i'd love to see your own creations!

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to make a cover for my sewing machine all year - I have the fabric and some wadding, I just need to get round to actually cutting it out and putting it together! :-) x


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