CHECK THE CUTTING STEPS TO ENSURE THE PERFECT FIT FOR YOUR MACHINE COVER
CUTTING OUT THE COVER
Take the following measurements from your machine to make a cover that fits:
Q Height – from the table to the top of your
machine in a straight line.
Q Length – from side to side as you face your machine. Make sure to include any wheels or handles that stick out.
Q Circumference – from the table at the back of your machine, up over your machine, and down to the table in the front. Q Depth – from the front to back of your machine at its deepest point.
From the main fabric cut:
Q One (1) main panel measuring (length + 2½)in x (circumference + 1)in. Q Two (2) sides panels measuring
(height + 1¾)in x (depth + 2½)in.
Q Two (2) pocket linings measuring
(depth + 2½)in x (height/2)in.
Q From the remaining fabric cut strips on the bias at 15/ 8in width. When sewn together these should measure (2x circumference).
From the pocket fabric cut:
Q Two (2) pockets measuring the same as the pocket lining panels in step 2.
4 From the lining fabric cut:
Q One (1) main panel and two (2) side panels to the same measurements as the main fabric pieces.
From the binding fabric cut:
Q 2½in x WOF strips. When sewn together, the strip should measure 2x (length + depth + 4)in.
From the batting cut:
Q One (1) panel to the measurement of the main fabric panel.
Q Two (2) panels to the measurement of the main fabric side panels.
MAKING THE SIDE PANELS
Take one main fabric side panel and a corresponding piece of batting. Fuse together, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Add any desired quilting and set aside.
Place one pocket panel and one pocket lining RST. Sew together along the top edge. Press the seam open. Open out and fold so the pieces are wrong sides together. Topstitch along the top edge.
Take the pocket from the last step and place on top of your side panel from step 7, both right side up and aligning raw edges at the bottom and sides. Baste around the outer edges. Mark and sew a straight line down the pocket to create a divide, backstitching at the top edge of the pocket.
Trim the edges of the side panel to match the shape of your machine at the sides. Most machines have a wider base and thinner top, so you can angle your edges from the bottom to the top edge.
Repeat steps 7–9 to make the second side panel. Lay the first side panel RST with the second one and trim to the same shape to create two mirror image pieces. 12
Using the two side panels as a template, trim the two side lining panels to the same shapes. Set aside.
ADDING THE PIPING
Sew your 15/ 8in strips of main fabric together into one long length. Fold the strip around your piping cord and baste together along the long raw edge (Fig A).
Take one main fabric side panel and pin the piping along the outer edges, matching the raw edges with the cord towards the middle. Trim the piping cord at the two bottom edges (the bottom of the panel should be unpiped). Clip the piping strip at the corners, so it runs smoothly around the edges (Fig B).
Sew the piping in place, using a zipper foot to get close to the cord.
Repeat steps 14–15 with the second main fabric side panel and piping cord.
CONSTRUCTING THE COVER
Fuse the main panel to the corresponding piece of batting, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Add any desired quilting.
Place one main fabric side panel RST with the main panel, pinning or clipping along the three piped sides. Align the edge of the main panel with the bottom of one side panel. The main panel may extend beyond the back edge.
Sew the along the pinned edges, using a zipper foot to get as close to the piping cord as you can, without stitching through it (Fig C). 20
Repeat steps 18–19 to stitch the second side panel to the other side of the main panel. If necessary, trim the main panel in line with the bottom of the back edge to the side panels. This completes the outer cover.
Follow steps 18–20, using the lining pieces to complete the lining. Note, the lining is not piped, so you can use a regular sewing machine foot.
Turn the outer cover right side out. Place the lining inside, wrong sides together. Pin in place along the bottom.
Sew your binding strips together, end to end. Press in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Bind the bottom edge of the cover, as you would a quilt.
Use strips of the fabric selvedge for decorative detailing