makeover: sewing machine cover edition

May 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm 2 comments

i had a sewing machine cover so hideous that i won’t even show you a before picture, lest it burn your retinas.  instead, let’s just say that it was your basic, cheap, all-purpose sewing machine cover.  that greyish, yellowish, see-through-ish vinyl.  it was also too short for my machine, so my sewing machine always looked like it was waiting for a flood.

behold: i have given my sewing machine a beautiful makeover with this gorgeous vinyl covered ‘ginger blossom’ by sandi henderson for michael miller fabric.  um, divine.  and it prevents dust from settling on my beloved machine.  by itself, it’s a little too *pretty* and pink, but when combined with this green ‘dumb dots’ fabric, also by michael miller, i felt like it was more me.  believe it or not, both fabrics came from the stash (heather at dollarstorecrafts would be so proud!) and had been purchased at two different times for who knows what exactly.  not only did they match, but i had exactly the right amount of fabric needed!  (half a yard of the ginger blossom vinyl covered cotton and a fat quarter of the dumb dots).  i know, cosmic sewing karma.  i whipped up a pattern by measuring my machine and sewing with only three main pieces: a long rectangle that draped over the top, and two side trapezoids; then added rectangular strips at the bottom based on how much fabric i could muster from the fat quarter.

i wanted the cover to have a boxy shape, so i incorporated reverse french seams.  they weren’t expertly executed, i’ll admit, and i tested the laws of physics as to how many times one can rip apart seams (attempt one: actual french seams. attempt two: realized i needed to sew the cotton band on the bottom *before* finishing the side seams.  attempt three: success), but it turned out alright.  you almost can’t even see the needle punctures from attempt one and two.  and it’s sooooooooooo much better than what my sewing machine was wearing before!

what does your sewing machine wear?


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peggy  |  July 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I found your post while looking for inspiration for a new cover for my machines- this is very pretty and it has me thinking of using iron-on vinyl to make my new ones, hmmmm

    • 2. Amy  |  July 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      oh, you totally should! then the possibilities are endless. best of luck and please share what you make. i’d love to see what you come up with. ~amy


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