Sewing machine cover how-to

A nice sewing machine cozy would really brighten up your workspace. I would like to share my sewing machine cozy tutorial with you^0^

There are a lot of different sewing machine cover tutorials out there, but my one here is specifically for Janome’s DC3018 sewing machine, well to be precise, a softcover for the sewing machine’s hardcover – it’s made to fit!

So let’s get started*v*

Step 1:

First of all, you’ll need the width and entire front to back measurement, and for my Janome DC3018, it is 74cm x 46cm including 1cm of seam allowance. And for the two side pieces, I drew a pattern because it is not a rectangular shape, you can download the pattern here.

Step 2:

Choose your fabric!! You’ll need to choose an outer fabric, an inner fabric (I just used homespun, I like the fact that it matches well with any fabrics), and wadding (I used bamboo here, but any will do). If you want to skip the wadding, then use a stiffer fabric so the cover will holds its shape. I just like wadding for extra softness, it just feels more cozy!

Step 3:

Using the pattern and the measurements, cut out the fabric pieces.

Cut out fabric pieces

Sarubobo is my assistant!

Using cut-out fabric as pattern

I didn’t measure each fabric individually, I was a bit lazy:p I only did the measurement once and used the outer fabric as the pattern for the the inner fabric and bamboo wadding. You can see from the photo that I pinned the outer fabric onto the inner fabric. I think it is faster than measure each piece individually and it might not be accurate, probably because I don’t have a very long ruler.

All the fabric pieces

This is what you should have now. Remember that the side pieces of the outer fabric should be direct mirror image of each other, they are NOT the same! And the same applies to the inner fabric, but I am only using homespun, so it doesn’t matter in my case.

Step 4:

Pin outer fabric pieces together

Start with the outer fabric, pin them together to form the bag shape allowing 1cm seam allowance. Remember you should have the right sides facing each other. Try the cover on the sewing machine and make sure it fits. Now sew up the sides.

Step 5:

If you have a Janome sewing machine, you’ll notice that the hardcover has a different front and back. The pattern I drew allows for the rounder front but not the less rounded corner at the back.

Pin outer fabric corner

And because I want the cozy to fit better, so after I sew the pieces together, I try the cover on again and pin the place (the two back corners) where I want to sew the gusset.

Draw a line where the pin is

Mark a line with a some fabric chalk.

Sew along the marked line

Sew along the line.

Step 6:

Pin wadding to inner fabric

Pin bamboo wadding onto inner fabric.

Step 7:

Pin inner fabric pieces together

Pin inner fabric into a bag shape and try it on the sewing machine cover.

Stitch up the sides

Sew up the sides.

Step 8:

Create gusset for the inner fabric

Create the gusset for the inner fabric (see step 5).

Step 9:

Pin outer and inner fabric together

Place the outer fabric inside the inner fabric, right sides together. Pin the seam as shown in the picture.
Stitch around leaving enough space to turn the right side out.

Step 10:

Turn right side out

Turn right side out and stitch up the gap using ladder stitch (also known as blind stitch).

Step 11:


Front view of sewing machine cover

Obviously it needs some ironing= =
Side view of sewing machine cover

Sorry that the photos are a bit dark>< I was working till late at night. But I hope you enjoyed my first sewing tutorial ^0^

10-10-2009 Update:

I realised that the sewing machine cover also works without the hardcover. Sometimes, when I know I am going to use the sewing machine the next day and don’t wanna unplug the cord and stuff, I just use the cozy to cover up the sewing machine (see photo below), and still looks pretty good!:D

Softcover alone

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