I’ve been meaning to make a sewing machine cover for ages, but when I came to look for ideas I found that most patterns are just for dust covers so they are made from a single layer of fabric. I wanted a sewing machine cover a little more substantial. One that would protect my sewing machine as well as keeping the dust off it. I decided to make one rusing rag quilting techniques for the two seams so that the cover would be reversible.
Cutting requirements for the sewing machine cover
two panels 9″ by 13″ and one panel 17″ by 33″ in two different fabrics
two panels 8″ by 12″ and one panel 16″ by 32″ in wadding
Making the sewing machine cover
All sewing machines vary in size so you will need to measure your sewing machine in case it’s substantially different from mine. The three measurements that you need are the width (across from side to side), the height (from the table to highest point of the machine) and the depth (from front to back).
My machine is 16″ wide, 12″ high and 8″ deep so to allow plenty of room for the sewing machine cover to slide on and off the machine easily and to allow for 1/2″ seams I have used two side panels of 9″ by 13″. The panel to go up the front, across the top and down the back is 17″ by 33″.
Make three quilt sandwiches of first fabric right side down, wadding and then the second fabric with right side up. The wadding should be 1/2″ smaller all round so that it won’t be in the way of the rag quilting. Pin and quilt all three panels.
Lay one of the small panels in a corner of the large panel with a 13″ edge along the 33″ edge of the large panel. Pin that 13″ edge.
Continue pinning the 9″ edge of the small panel along the 33″ edge – you will have to manipulate the large panel to create a corner. Pin the 9″ edge in place and then manipulate another corner and pin the remaining 13″ edge in place. This is the first side panel in place and you should now be able to see the overall shape beginning to form.
Repeat with the second side panel at the other side of the large panel and sew both seams using a 1/2″ seam.
Make the rag seam on the sewing machine cover
Using a pair of sharp scissors snip towards the seam at 1/8″ intervals to create a fringe. Do take care not to snip the seam itself. This fringe will become more silky with washing and with use. It’s a good idea to use fabrics with a good contrast as the other colour shows through in the seam. The sewing machine cover can not be used with either the blue side or the black side showing.
Here’s the video: