I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “Preacher’s kids are always the worst…” Well, here’s how I’ve been covering my sit-down quilting machine since I got it in 2014. For shame!
While surfing around YouTube, I came across a video from the Crafty Gemini where she shows how to make an easy sewing machine cover. I figured it was about time and decided to give it a go. I had some green fabric with lots of sewing sayings on it but I only had enough of it for the ends and top. I needed an complimentary fabric for the side panels so I searched around the web and discovered the green is from the Moda Bobbins and Bits line from Pat Sloan. An Etsy search landed me at Raccoon Hollow Fabrics and I found a really cute daisy fabric from the same line so I ordered it. The shop owner, Dee, sent me an email immediately telling me the order would ship in the morning (this was on a Sunday night mind you), and she included a complimentary 4″ strip of dots from the same line. Perfect! Piping! YAY Don’t you LOVE freebies! It’s like Christmas! I highly recommend this shop. The customer service was excellent and the shipping was fast.
This was kind of a patchwork job on the padding. I only had enough fusible fleece for the end panels, the top is Pellon ShapeFlex and the sides are Pellon Flex Foam 1-Sided Fusible Stabilizer. I got this at WalMart for $7.99 a yard and let me tell you, it quilts up BEAUTIFULLY! I quilted it on the very machine I’m making the cover for. The thread is King Tut variegated Sands of Time.
To make the piping, I only had enough fabric and cording for the ends of the cover which was fine. To get a good result when making and attaching piping, I like to use the old-school adjustable zipper foot as opposed to the one that comes with my machine. This type of foot allows me to get right up beside the cording to make a tight seam against the rope.
I have to say, I’m thrilled with how this turned out! It really cheers up my sewing area. The piping added that extra pop that really brings the whole thing together, don’t you think?
I think my dog is as excited about this as I am. She’s overcome!
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