For Mother’s Day this year I decided to make my mom a sewing machine cover. She’s been using a clear plastic one for years that just really doesn’t add any beauty to her sewing area. It just seemed like the perfect gift.
There are all sorts of sewing machine cover patterns out there but I chose Butterick 5368. You could also probably find a great tutorial online. This pattern for a sewing machine cover uses batting and is lined. In my opinion it gave the project a nice tailored look. It also used bias tape which I LOVE. (It scared me a lot at first and it was a little tricky at first to use but now I’m pretty much a big fan of the stuff.) I had only purchased 1 yard of the main fabric so I ended up using an old blue sheet for the lining.
As far as the sewing goes this project took much longer than I had anticipated. I guess that is due to the tricky nature of working with batting and bias tape. I also found some of the basting steps to be a bit time-consuming and wondered if they really were necessary. Once again I thought it was a little tricky to place 1/2 inch wide bias tape over two layers of fabric and batting.
One thing I really disliked about the pattern was the fact that the cover does not fit my mom’s machine if she has the tray on her machine. Major bummer. I should have measured the machine and thought about if the pattern would fit around the base of the machine. If I use this pattern again I will definitely add a couple of inches (2-3) around the base. Overall I was fairly pleased with how the project turned out but wish that I had made the base larger.