Sunday, February 28, 2010

The sewing machine cover makeover

Before...

Some say it is the latest in Body Bag chic.

After...


Yeah, it was time to give my sewing machine a cover with a little more style. So I took my old plastic-y cover that came with the machine, analyzed it, and then copied the construction using Anna Marie Horner fabric. I also added fusible interfacing to the fabric so it would be a little more stiff.


Most important feature, a hole for the handle--so it is portable! I have seen so many sewing machine covers that do not have an opening for the handle. But since I have to store my machine in an cupboard or take it places to sew (like Erin's where I made this cover), it's important that I be able to move it easily with the cover on.

23 comments:

ali said...

Lovely Kara! Nice job on the hole, One of my covers didn't have a hole and it drove me nuts! Seems like a pretty obvious thing for the manufacturers to include...

Adam and Bri said...

So cute! I love that fabric.

martha - caknitter said...

It's so nice. Love the fabric. :-)

Sigrid said...

I have a sewing machine cover in my queue. Thanks for the tips on the interfacing and cut-out, hadn't really thought that far ahead yet.

Stephanie B said...

It is perfectly fitting to have a custom made cover for a sewing machine. They totally deserve the VIP treatment!

Windybrook Spinner said...

Good job. Great fabric. A sewing machine cover definitely has to have a hole for the handle.

Better Living said...

Look at you, pattern drafting and interfacing away! Nicely done.

sula said...

Niiice. You are truly a sewing addict. I approve.

Stacy said...

Great job - I love it! I really need to make a nice cover for my machine...

Erin said...

Yours turned out cute...unlike mine which is STILL giving me problems. Ugh.

Melanie said...

You have inspired me. I have been debating buying one, but now I have what is probably a false sense of hope that I can make one.

Meg said...

Super cute! You are getting to be quite the accomplished seamstress, what with drafting your own patterns and all!

PS - I totally wrote down sewer at first, then reread it. You are not, in fact, a smelly hole in the ground but a sew-er.

Lisa said...

Oh I really need to do this! I have the same kind of ugly plastic cover and I hate it. But first I need to take my machine in for a tune up.

erin said...

That looks great! The hole for the handle is genius-I may have to retrofit mine.

knitseashore said...

I love the fabric you chose! Very cool. And I'm still waiting for a cycling sewing project... :)

Diane said...

Love it! The fabric is darling and I think you did a terrific job fitting the machine.

Nantucket Dreams said...

awesome job kara! i love it and now you are very have sewing machine, will travel!

Tracy said...

Great to catch up with you Kara! I love all your projects and your Adelaide bicycle is a beauty. How hilarious about the LOST episode filmed in your house!!! That is crazy cool.

Heidelweiss said...

It's perf. Obvi.

Chocolates for Breakfast said...

darling! i made one last year for my "ancient of days" machine and love it too! for Christmas Meghan made me a pincushion that ties right onto my machine...that should be your next project!

a friend to knit with said...

fun and cheery and totally useful!
nice job!!!

nova said...

Oh, how did you know that I needed to sew a sewing machine cover?! Yours is awesome!

Jacey said...

You made a great fabric choice. I may sew one of these for myself.