Like every other thing in the world, a sewing machine is not an exception to the term ‘damage’. It can be damaged in multiple ways either directly or indirectly. For example, the harmful rays of the sun can cause it exterior issues while accidental splitting of any liquid can cause both inside and outside problem. Moreover, dust can be gathered inside it and make the inner parts jammed.
So, what can you do to save your sewing machine from such unexpected issues? Well, according to the sewing experts, in this regard, a well-made cover can help you considerably. Therefore, today, in this article we will be showing you how to make a sewing machine cover with easy steps. We think you are sensible enough to not to miss the entire write up.
Simple steps of how to make a sewing machine cover
Here, we are going to present you with the complete guideline of making a drape-and-tie cover. As the whole guideline is quite lengthy so we have divided it into 10 easy steps for your better understanding. Here we go!
- Step 1: At first, take a measuring tape and wrap it over the upper part of your machine. Keep the end of the tape holding against the forepart of the machine. To say in short, hold it right at the front base. Now, take the tape to the opposite base and stick it there securely using another hand. Find out the measurement and write it down.
- Step 2: Next, take accurate measurement of your machine’s length. For this, at first, hold the end of the measuring tape at any end of the machine. Use another hand and drag the tape until another end. Write down the measurement. Remember that, this is going to be the length measurement of your pattern.
- Step 3: Choose two pieces of fabrics where one will be used for the exterior of the cover and another for lining. Consider the measurements and following those cut two rectangles out of the fabric chosen. In this step, you must use a sharp scissors to get an even cutting.
Remember that cotton fabrics are always cooler for both outer fabric and lining. In case, you want a further enduring cover, consider using canvas as the outside fabric.
- Step 4: Make sure that the fore-sides of the cover are facing out. Stack the rectangle shaped fabrics together and sew a slightly tight straight stitch encompassing the four edges. For sewing, you can adopt either hand or sewing machine, it doesn’t make a difference.
Don’t forget to maintain the seam allowance within 1.3 cm. Fact to keep in mind that front side and right side are synonymous here.
- Step 5: Take a color ribbon but before ensure that its color is compatible with that of the fabric. Cut the ribbon into four pieces and each piece must be of 25 cm. But, if you want to have longer ties, the size must be 30 cm. Seal the cut edges using flame, glue, or fray check.
Be sure that the ribbon you choose has a 1.3 cm breadth. This won’t tangle and will be easy to tie.
- Step 6: Flip the cover entirely making sure that the rear side is towards you. Attach the ends of 2 ribbons to the left-side edge by sewing using 0.64 seam allowance. Now, do the same with the right side and the left 2 pieces of ribbons. For sewing, you can use a sewing machine or simply use hands.
- Step 7: Wind up the bias tape and place this all over the raw-edges of the cover. Pin the entire tape to the cover and overlap the ends by 5.1 cm. Cut the tape.
Although the bias tape can be of any color according to your desire yet the color that doesn’t match the outside fabric color looks the best. Moreover, bias tape with a width between 0.64 and 1.27 cm. is more preferable.
- Step 8: Start sewing the bias tape from any of the ends. When get back where sewing began, tuck up the narrow end under itself by 2.5 cm. Finish the sewing.
Remember to sew as near as possible to the bias tape’s edge where cover and it meet together. Don’t forget back stitching the end and start point of the sewing.
- Step 9: This is the time of making pocket. For this, you first have to cut out the fabric according to your desired size. The standard size is 5 cm by 5 cm but you can have any size you want.
You are free to select the fabric according to your color and design. Also, you can add as many pockets as you want but adding 1 o 2 on each side is mostly recommended.
- Step 10: In case you find the pocket fabrics wrinkled, consider pressuring those with an electric iron. After that, add the pockets to the cover one by one. For this, you should fold the three edges of a pocket, place the unfolded side above, and sew the pocket using a sewing machine.
So, now your sewing machine cover is completely done. It’s time you place it over the machine and tie the ribbons securely. Remember that adding pocket isn’t mandatory rather it’s all up to you.
Finally, we are confident that you haven’t found the procedure- how to make a sewing machine cover that much tough at all. In such case, we recommend you not to be late anymore to gift your sewing machine a cover. Because if you want something better from it then taking care of it is a must. And presenting it with a fabulous cover can be the first step of your take care.