Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

It’s the last day of our sewing machine cover sew-along! I hope you’ve enjoyed sewing this project with me! If you haven’t had a chance to get started yet, scroll down to the bottom of today’s post where I’ll link together all of the posts in the series from start to finish.

Adding the finishing details to our sewing machine cover. The Sewing Loft

 Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 1/2 Buttons

1 plus buttons

Supplies needed:

 

Finishing the Machine Cover:

  1. Slip the machine cover over your machine to make any last-minute adjustments.
  2. Trim if needed and attach binding all around bottom edge.Turn leftover fabric scraps into quilt binding. How to make scrap binding. The Sewing Loft
  3. Slip cover back over machine to mark opening positions for handle with heat erasing pen.Adding the finishing details to our sewing machine cover. The Sewing Loft
  4. Set your machine to zig zag and make the following adjustments:Adding the finishing details to our sewing machine cover. The Sewing Loft
    • Increase stitch width to the widest setting. This is to grab the largest bite on our kissing seams.
    • Decrease the stitch length. This will keep our stitches closer together and prevent seam breakage. Basically, we have just created a mending stitch.

Adding the finishing details to our sewing machine cover. The Sewing Loft

Now, I’m off to finish binding my hem but once I do, I’ll share a few photos on social media.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this sewing machine cover tutorial and have taken the time to sew along with us. I’d love to see photos of your finished machine covers – share them on Instagram or add them to The Sewing Loft Flickr pool.

 

Click here if you missed any part of our Sewing Machine Cover Pattern Sew Along.

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ps- Now that your machine has a col new cover, it’s time to look under the hood and clean out those dust bunnies!

Keep your machine in working order with these simple steps. The Sewing Loft

 

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Sewing Machine Cover Pattern

For today’s portion of our sew-along series, we’re going to put together the main body pieces of our sewing machine cover.

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Sewing Machine Cover Pattern

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 1/2 Buttons

1 plus buttons

 

Supplies needed for today’s post:

*1/2″ seam allowance is used unless otherwise noted.

Sewing the Machine Cover:

  1. To make the side pocket, place 6 1/2″ of scrap binding  pressed open flat and side pocket piece right sides together. Stitch pieces together with 3/4″ seam allowance. Press binding towards seam allowances, fold over seam allowance and press. Stitch in the ditch of edge stitch along the edge of binding through all layers. Position pocket and baste to one bottom edge of side panel.
    Add binding detail to any pocket edge. The Sewing LoftAdd scrap binding to a pocket edge. The Sewing Loft
  2. Repeat step 1 to create the large back pocket for your sewing machine cover. Layer large rectangle on the right side of back cover, lining up the raw edges, and baste in place at sides. Determine and mark the size of your pocket openings and stitch vertical lines down the full height of the pocket to create divisions. Adjust your machine set up to a small zig zag. Use this stitch to create reinforcement at the intersection of each stitch line and top pocket edge.
    Mark sewing pocket size on the back pocket of your sewing machine cover. The Sewing Loft
  3. Fold over and hem one lengthwise side of each top panel. Pin top panels with hem edge kissing and join together.
    Join side panel pieces of sewing machine cover together.  The Sewing Loft
    Repeat on other side panel to create one long strip.
  4. Pin and join the side panel (right sides together) to the front cover. Be sure to line up seam allowance and pivot at each corner with the needle in the down position. Repeat to the backside cover. Clip corners and press.Join sewing machine cover pattern pieces together.  The Sewing Loft

 

That’s it for today! Come back tomorrow, when we’ll put the finishing touches on our sewing machine cover pattern!

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ps. It’s not too late to sew along with us! You can find all of the previous sewing machine cover instructions here.

 

 

Hello! Are you new to The Sewing Loft?

If so, I’m glad you stopped by and hope that something has inspired you to keep your needle moving!  Don’t miss a single project and subscribe via email HERE! Bonus- free embroidery pattern with newsletter sign up.  Another great way to connect with me is via FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+ or Follow along with Bloglovin.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you and creating together!

Sewing Machine Cover Sew Along Day 2

Welcome back to our sew-along! By now you should have cut the fabric for the main body of the sewing machine cover. For today, we’re going to leave most of those pieces off to the side and instead focus on preparing and applying the applique design.

Stand up against the naked sewing machine! Join us next week and create this sewing machine cover.  The Sewing Loft 

Sewing Machine Cover Applique 

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 1/2 Buttons

1 plus buttons

Supplies:

Basic Instructions:

  1. With heat erasing pen, mark a horizontal line on the front cover piece that is 3″ up from the bottom edge and a vertical line 3 1/2″  from the left side seam.Stand up against the naked sewing machine! Join us next week and create this sewing machine cover.
  2. Print the applique design, found HERE. Trace each piece onto the paper side of fusible leaving a 1/2″ space between each piece. Following the package instructions, fuse to wrong side of fabric.Sewing Machine Cover applique design in progress. The Sewing Loft
  3. Carefully cut out each shape using sewing scissors. Tip: This is a raw-edge applique design, so cut your pieces carefully! You won’t be hiding the cut edges in a seam allowance!
    Sewing Machine Cover applique design close up. The Sewing Loft
  4. Adjust your machine set up for free motion or freestyle stitching. Be sure to check your manual since every machine is different. Here’s our tutorial to help you do this.
  5. Using the point you marked in step 1, position the 1st piece of applique cut out centered on that point. Press with your iron to fuse the design in place.
  6. With heat erasing pen, mark the thread position and stitch in place with contrasting thread.
  7. Add the next portion of the applique design. Press in place and mark with pen, then stitch.
  8. Repeat step 6 to add the remaining layers of the applique design to the front of the sewing machine cover.  *You will notice that I added an optional piece of of ric rac trim on layer 14 of my fabric pile.
  9. Press the finished piece to remove any visible pen lines. Return machine to standard set up.

 

That’s it for today! Show off your designs on Instagram and Twitter, and be sure to tag me – @TheSewingLoft – so I can see what you’re making!

 Sewing Machine Cover Sew Along | The Sewing Loft

Tomorrow we’ll sew together the body pieces of the sewing machine cover, and Thursday we’ll wrap up our sewing machine cover with the finishing touches.

 

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ps. It’s not too late to sew along with us! You can find all of the previous sewing machine cover instructions here.

 

 

 

Hello! Are you new to The Sewing Loft?

If so, I’m glad you stopped by and hope that something has inspired you to keep your needle moving!  Don’t miss a single project and subscribe via email HERE! Bonus- free embroidery pattern with newsletter sign up.  Another great way to connect with me is via FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+ or Follow along with Bloglovin.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you and creating together!

 

 

Sewing Machine Cover Sew Along

Are you ready to sew along with me?

Hello, Happy Stitchers! The time has come to discuss a dirty little secret many of us are holding onto: we’ve got naked sewing machines! Are you guilty of this one, too? Don’t be embarrassed; it’s a wide-spread problem in our community!

Many of us probably bought a sewing machine that didn’t come with a case or cover. Maybe you bought a hard case, but do you use it every day, or only when you travel with your machine? Are you letting your machine remain uncovered on your sewing table, or possibly still using a boring plastic cover that came in the box?

It’s time for this epidemic of naked sewing machines to come to an end. Do we need an intervention? Maybe not, but we definitely need a sew-along!

 

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I’ve put together a great pattern for a sewing machine cover. This protective cover will keep your machine clean, which is essential if you want it to keep working for you, project after project. If you leave your machine exposed, little bits of dust, thread, pet hair, and debris can get into the gears, and over time it will break as a result. Keeping your machine covered is one easy way to prolong its life, and sewing a cover like this one is fun to boot!

So, who’s with me?

Sewing Machine Cover Sew Along

 

Here are the details:

  • What: A sewing machine cover sew-along, featuring a FREE pattern download from The Sewing Loft
  • When: Next week! February 2nd  – February 6th
  • Where: Right here – The Sewing Loft Blog
  • Who: Anyone is welcome to play along! If you’re comfortable with basic sewing techniques and applique, then this project is for you!

 

If you’d like to participate, it’s time to gather your supplies and plan your sewing time. The sew-along will run each day next week, giving you the project piece by piece so you can space out your sewing and participate along with us, or wait until the end and do everything all at once.

 

Now it’s time to dive through your stash or head to the local fabric shop and gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need for the sewing machine cover sew along.

Supplies/tools:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Free Motion Transparent Foot
  • 8 oz Canvas Drop Cloth or 3/4 yard of medium weight fabric*
  • Heat Erasing Pen
  • Heat n Bond Lite
  • Pellon Décor Bond
  • 6 1/2” Clear Quilter’s Ruler
  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scrap Fabrics
  • 63” of binding

*For those of you interested in using a fun printed quilter’s cotton, the fabric consumption is based on a 44″ width. 

Please note: We are sewing a machine cover with finished dimensions of approximately 11 1/2 inches high by 16.5 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches deep. Measure your machine now! If it doesn’t fit within these dimensions, you will have to adjust the size you cut your pattern pieces in the first step on Monday.

 I hope you’ll consider covering up that naked machine sew along with us! Leave a note in the comments if you plan to play, and if you have any questions.

Sew Along Line Up

Day 1: Announcement & Material List

Day 2: Cutting Out

Day 3: Applique Template

Day 4: Stitching Together

Day 5: Details

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Sewing Machine Mat How To

Many of us share a work surface to sew on. It could be the dining room table, a small desk or even the kitchen counter. (don’t judge, I’ve done it!)

I’ve tried a bunch of different things to prevent scratching the surface, including a bath towel. This helped prevent scratching but not reduce the noise or the shaking. To help solve my issue, bust through my scrap bucket and stitch something pretty, I made a sewing machine mat. Actually, you could also call it a sewing machine organizer since it has a few pockets to hold goodies that I tend to leave in the other room when cutting.

Use shelf paper to create a sewing machine mat. The Sewing Loft

 Sewing Machine Mat

 This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button

Some of the materials are completely unconventional but trust me, they make all the difference!

Supplies:

  • Shelf gripper paper
  • Canvas or painter’s drop cloth
  • Tissue paper
  • 100″ of Scrap Binding

Tools:

Basic Instructions:

  1. Cut canvas & shelf gripper 20″W x 18″H. Cut canvas 20″W x 7″H for pocket.
  2. Finish the top edge of pocket with the scrap binding.Add scrap binding to a pocket edge. The Sewing Loft
  3. Layer pocket along the bottom edge of canvas mat cover and baste in place at sides.
  4. Create a sandwich with tissue paper on the bottom, canvas on top and the gripper in the center. Basically, we want to cover the gripper with paper to make sewing a breeze.Use shelf paper to create a sewing mat. The Sewing Loft
  5. Reduce stitch size slightly and straight stitch all around to join the three layers together. Determine and mark your pocket sizes with a heat erasing pen. Stitch in place.
  6. Adjust your machine set up to a small zig zag. Use this stitch to create reinforcement at the intersection of each stitch line and top pocket edge.Mark sewing machine mat pocket. The Sewing Loft
  7. Square up and trim your mat to size, attach binding and tear away the tissue paper.Use shelf paper to create a sewing machine mat. The Sewing Loft

Use shelf paper to create a sewing machine mat. The Sewing Loft

 

After you have your sewing machine mat stitched up, I’d love to hear if you’ve ever stitched with an unconventional material. Leave me a note in the comment section below.

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Hello! Are you new to The Sewing Loft?

If so, I’m glad you stopped by and hope that something has inspired you to keep your needle moving!  Don’t miss a single project and subscribe via email HERE! Bonus- free embroidery pattern with newsletter sign up. Another great way to connect with me is via FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+ or Follow along with Bloglovin.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you and creating together!