Sometimes, you just have to let paint dry overnight. That’s what I had to do today, so to make myself feel like a super accomplished person, I decided to just make the stupid sewing machine cover.
Yes, I know that I had already done a great deal of work on all the little bits and pieces for a different cover, but that one still wasn’t finished, and this fabric wasn’t going to be made into anything else, thanks to a little water damage.
Actually, I don’t know why I bought this fabric. I remember buying it at a Field’s Fabrics tent sale a few years ago, but I’m not sure what I had in mind for it. Curtains? I don’t know. Anyway, There were at least three yards of it, and I never did manage to get the water stains out of the whole thing. The water-stained stuff is on the inside of the cover.
So, here’s a little tutorial on how to make a machine cover:
- Measure the distance around your machine, divide by two, and add a couple of inches. This is how wide your fabric will be.
- Measure from the table up, over the top of your machine, back down to the table on the other side. Add a few inches. This is how long your fabric will be.
- Cut out two pieces of fabric and a piece of batting to the size you determined. Make a quilting sandwich and quilt the crap out of it.
- Fold the fabric in half so that the two lengthwise edges touch, then sew up the sides.
- Use a hard ruler to measure your machine width from front to back at the top.
- Use that measurement to make a flat “bottom” by following the instructions here: http://kathleenmurphydesigns.blogspot.com/2010/07/tutorial-making-bags-have-flat-bottom.html
- Place your bag on your machine and cut out areas that don’t fit, like the section I removed for the quilting table.
- (This is the part I haven’t done yet) Finish the edges by applying bias tape. I don’t have any that matches, so I’ll have to make my own (because I don’t want to buy any).
And there you have it: a sewing machine cover. Almost finished.