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My poor sewing machine has been in need of a cover for a while now. The one it came with was of a very poor quality plasticky kind and slowly disintegrated into nothing (slightly helped at the end by the small but destructive hands of a certain toddler).  So it was more than time to get this machine a new pretty cover. It is extremely simple and very quick to do, the only tricky part is sewing the corners. Here is how I made mine:

Sewing Machine Cover 1 - bis

What you need:

  • About 1 metre/yard of main fabric
  • A smallish piece of contrasting or matching fabric for the sides pieces

Every sewing machine is slightly different in size so there is not much point for me to give you the measurements I used. Instead, I’ll talk you through how I came up with the measurements so you can make a cover that fits your machine perfectly.

First, measure your machine: Width (W), Height (H) and Depth (D)

Cut 1 of your main piece, with the following measurements: (H + D + H + 4cm/1.5”) x (L + 2cm/0.75”)

Cut 2 of the side pieces: (D + 2cm/0.75”) x (H + 3cm/1.25”)

Take your side pieces. Fold down one of the short edges, 1cm (3/8”) towards the wrong side and press. Fold down another 1cm (3/8”) and press again, then unfold the creases you’ve just made. Do not stitch in place at this stage, you’re just making the creases you’ll need at the end. Repeat for the other side piece.

Repeat the same process on your main piece of fabric, but on both short edges.

Place your main piece of fabric on a flat surface, right side facing up, then place a side piece on top, wrong side facing up (both pieces of fabric will have their right sides together, see photo), aligning the corners and matching the creases you made before.

Pin in place, then stitch together along the long edge of the side piece with a 1cm (3/8”) seam allowance. To make the corner, stop stitching exactly 1cm (3/8”) from the edge. Leave you needle in the fabric. Making sure that the bottom fabric (main piece) remains in place, grab the top fabric (side piece) and pull it towards you at a 90 degree angle, so that its short edge is now aligned with the bottom fabric (see photos)

Continue stitching until you’re 1cm (3/8”) away from the edge and repeat the same process as described just above then stitch all the way down. The creases of both the main piece and side piece should match.

Repeat with the second side piece, on the other long edge of the main piece. Clip the corners. Finish all the seams with either a zigzag stitch or an overlocker.

Sewing Machine Cover 8

Refold your fabric at the creases you made at the beginning and topstitch in place. Turn the sewing machine cover right side out and you’re done!

Sewing Machine Cover 6

Pretty simple, isn’t it? And so much nicer than the original cover :)

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