Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Sewing Machine Cover

I bought my present sewing machine about 10 years ago.  I love my sewing machine!  It is a Husqvarna Viking, Lily 550.  It sews like a dream and there are so many stitches, many I have not tried yet.
Years ago I made a cover for it.  To be honest,  I just sewed a few pieces of fabric together so that it would cover the machine, no finished edges, I did not even trim off the extra at the bottom.

Pretty sad really!
I have been so inspired by many of the sewing rooms on the blogs I have visited.  Organized, coordinated and amazing!!
I decided to make a new cover for my machine.  My goal was NOT to buy any new fabric!  Use up some of my stash!  I had this blue paisley which has a bit of red, and the red with these black starburst like things. I have had these so long I don't remember where I purchased them or who the designer was.
First I measured the dimensions of my machine, you know: height, length, depth... I made two panels, one for the front and one for the back.
I pieced the panels and layered them on some cotton batting, then I top-stitched a few of the lines to hold the whole thing together.
I measured the width of the top of my machine, {that was a mistake, as you will see later}... and cut a strip, that wide and the length of the two sides and along one of the long edges.  
I pinned this strip around the edges of the panels.  The corners are pleated to make the straight strip go around  a corner.   I did not bother to put batting on this strip, to keep it from being too bulky.  This was repeated  for the other panel.
Here is where I fess up to the mistake, I measured the top width of my sewing machine, but the bottom  is wider than the top.  SO it does not fit down over the machine.  So I...

... cut up the side panel about 6 inches  and inserted a wedge of fabric, it now is wide enough at the bottom to fit down over the bottom of the machine.
I made a binding and finished the bottom edge.  One note here, I did not make a lining, but all the seams are serged.  
And here is the finished Sewing machine cover.



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  1. This is so great, I tore the plastic cover to my sewing machine the other day! Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks Amanda! Hope you feel inspired to create your own sewing machine cover:-)

  3. Hello there! I'm stopping by from the TT&J linky party. I love your sewing machine cover!

  4. Very cute! I totally need to make one of these. Especially since I frequently leave my sewing machine on the dining room table. A cute cover wouldn't make it such an eyesore!

  5. I just found your blog via a link party! I love this tutorial! Since the completion of my craftroom I've started storing my sewing machine out of the case! I'd love to make this!!! I would be honored if you would link this up to!

  6. Excellent! I love the sewing machine cover... I need to make one for my beloved Bernina!

  7. If you didn't "fess up" no one would ever suspect you made a boo-boo. It's a very nice machine cover and you did such a great job fixing your mistake, it looks like it was a planned part of the design.

    Now I should get busy and make a cover for my machine too! Thanks for posting this.

  8. How lovely--the red pops nicely!

  9. Beautiful sewing machine cover! I have the same sewing machine and love it.

  10. Beautiful sewing machine cover, that is one thing I haven't made yet.

  11. Very cute! I need to make a cover now ... today.

  12. Your new cover is quite an improvement. Nice job! It's especially nice that you were able to use what you had on hand. Happy sewing!

  13. I also have this machine and it does sew like a dream! Lovely cover!

  14. I need to get inspired to do the same thing!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! Be sure to include the button in your post or sidebar!