|The Patchsmith's Sewing Machine Cover|
My sewing machine cover is complete and, as promised, here is how I did it (grab a cuppa - this is a long post).
To begin with I measured my machine and listed the measurements on the PDF provided by Notes from the Patch. This PDF includes instructions on how to make pocketed side panels so it is well worth printing out. (Note: I found the cutting sizes to be too generous for my machine - they refer specifically to Bernina machines and I have a Husqvarna Viking H100Q measuring 15” wide x 11-12” high x 8” deep).
|Patchwork Cover from Sew Delicious|
I used Sew Delicious’s cover as inspiration and patched twenty eight 4½” (cut) squares to create a panel measuring 28½” x 16½”. This doesn’t seem big enough given the machine’s dimensions but when I laid it over my machine it draped down the front and back onto the work desk so I knew it would fit just fine even after quilting.
Next I wanted to create a gap for my machine’s handle – essential as I take my machine out-and-about with me.
|Portable Sewing Machine and Cover|
I added ½” to the length of the sewing machine handle (for me this was 6½” + ½” = 7”) and did the same for the thickness of the handle (½” + ½” = 1”). Using these measurements I marked a piece of interfacing with a rectangle measuring 7” x 1” - this would be my stitching line. In the middle of this rectangle I marked the actual length of the handle (6½”) and drew lines up to the corners as shown. These would be my cutting lines.
|Solid line is stitching line - dashed lines are cutting lines|
I placed the lining fabric RIGHT SIDE FACING UP on top of a rectangle of batting (both the lining and batting were 5” larger than my patched rectangle). I then positioned the patched rectangle on top of the lining, RIGHT SIDE FACING DOWN (thus lining and patchwork are right sides together). Finally I pinned the marked interfacing rectangle to all layers, in the approximate position of the handle (slightly to the right of centre).
|The lining is showing through. If you gently pull the lining away|
from the gap as you press, the lining will disappear from the front of your cover.
Once done, turn right-side out by pushing the patched rectangle through the stitched gap (the lining and batting should now be lying behind the patched rectangle). Press.
|Once pressed the lining is no longer visible.|
You can leave the gap as it is and get on with quilting your cover ....
.....or you can do as I have done and top-stitch around the gap before quilting the rest of the cover.
Next I made the pocketed sides using the Notes from the Patch PDF instructions.
|I quilted the side panels before adding the pockets.|
I trimmed the pockets to measure 8½” wide by 12” high before rounding off the top corners using my Frixion pen (it disappears once ironed - very clever).
|I drunk the tea before using the mug as a template. |
I didn't want splashes on my new sewing machine cover - well not on the first day of use anyway!
Then it was just a case of pinning and stitching it all together which was made easier by those rounded corners. Finally I bound the bottom using 1¼” scrappy binding.
I can fit cables into one pocket .....
.... and my 12” x 6” cutting ruler, Dresden template and other notions in the other pocket.
If you want to add a handle gap to a sewing machine cover you have already made then take a look at Quilty Creations’s version.
|Quilt Creations Sewing Machine Cover|
Karen uses a small piece of fabric to create the handle lining and I think this could be incorporated into an already made sewing machine cover (she also details how to make her own cover complete with side pockets).
Don't forget to share a photo of your cover - old or new - over at the Across the Pond Flickr group.
Until next time .......