Butterick 5368 Review: Sewing Machine Cover

28 May

Mom’s new sewing machine cover

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.

I found this lovely fabric that had antique looking sewing machines all over it. My mom loves to buy old sewing machines and fix them up so it seemed perfect. Besides I thought the fabric was pretty classy. :)

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.

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2 Responses to “Butterick 5368 Review: Sewing Machine Cover”

  1. Jolina Petersheim May 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    What a thoughtful project, Amanda. I’m sure your mother loves it even if the base didn’t turn out exactly as you had planned!

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