A Well Dressed Sewing Machine - Cover Tutorial
Not content to do things the easy way, I decided I wanted a cover with access to the carry handle on the machine.
Here's what I did...
Choose a fairly sturdy fabric, I went for a heavyweight printed cotton I bought at The Remnant House
Measure and mark where you need the handle opening to be on the wrong side of the main piece.
Cut a facing piece for the handle opening. It needs to be the same size as the handle opening, plus an allowance of 5cm around all sides.
You can see in the photo above the facing piece, showing the markings for the handle opening plus the allowance. Neaten the raw edges, press 1cm towards the wrong side all the way round the facing piece, and sew into place.
Right sides together, pin the facing piece into place where the handle opening should be. Sew along the handle opening markings.
Cut open the facing down the centre line, and diagonally into the corners, to within a couple of millimetres's of the stitches.
Trim the excess fabric away leaving a 1/2 cm allowance.
Turn the facing through to the wrong side and iron into place.
Topstitch around the faced opening on the right side, I did two lines of top stitching. This will hold the facing into place and stop it trying to escape back through the opening.
There, the hard part is done!
Staying with the main fabric piece measure where the edges of the top would be, and created a fake seam. This helps to create the box shape and stiffens the top edge.
Try the cover on the machine and pin the hem into place, turn over twice to enclose the raw edges and sew the hem into place.
And there you have it, a cover to protect your machine that allows you to use the carry handle.
(Please note: tutorial for personal use only, not for resale)