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This project was designed by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier of The Folk Art Factory using fabrics kindly supplied by Makower UK.

Vintage Sewing Machine Cover

Sew a vintage style sewing machine cover

This cover fits my Janome sewing machine which is a fairly standard size. To fit your model, especially if it is a lot smaller or larger, simply measure the machine and add a centimetre to each measurement to give the right size. Remember to allow extra fabric if your machine is much bigger.


 You will need

0.5metre each of Sew Retro Notions (1103/1), Taupe Gingham (930/Q), Red Gingham (930/R6), Sew Retro  Pattern (1105/G), Sew Retro Reels (1104/I) from Makower UK's Sew Retro and Gingham ranges (search for your local stockist)

50cm strip thin wadding

170cm bias binding

45cm cotton lace

35cm x 1cm wide elastic

5.5cm x 4.5cm bronze cameo frame 

Ranger Glossy Accents 3D gloss medium or strong fabric glue

Water soluble marker pen

3 small green satin bows

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Making a vintage charm

 Firstly, make the charm for the front. Choose a motif from the notions fabric and 'fussy cut' it to fit your cameo frame. Put some glossy accents into the bottom of the frame and stick the fabric onto it. Then fill the frame over the fabric to create a protective ‘glass’. Put the charm aside to dry.

Tip: Remove any air bubbles with a pin to get a better finish.


Make bias binding for a sewing project

To make bias binding, Cut 3cm strips of the red gingham fabric on the diagonal (bias).

Tip: Bias strips ensure that they will sit neatly around curves. Join them together as shown.


Bias binding construction

When you have enough in one continuous  strip, fold in half lengthwise and iron. Fold the raw edges to meet at the centre crease and iron. You can use a bias strip maker if you like. This project uses binding as a trim on the front and around the bottom of the cover.

Assembling a sewing machine cover

From the Sew Retro Pattern fabric, cut a strip 14cm x 42cm. Cut 42cm x 55cm of the Sew Retro Reels fabric and join this onto the Sew Retro Pattern fabric. Iron and cut a piece of wadding that is about 2cm larger all around than the top panel. Lay the panel right side up onto the wadding.

Transferring a design to fabric

Use the design idea above and the water soluble marker pen to draw the rose design onto the Sew Retro Pattern panel at random.

Tip: Mix up the sizes too. These are very easy to draw freehand - start with a spiral and then add petals.


Free motion quilting

Quilt the roses with white thread. Remove the water soluble marker lines with cold water and trim the top and wadding back.

Adding bias binding and lace

Cut 40cm of your binding and also 40cm of cotton lace. Sew the lace on just under the join in the two fabrics and then iron the binding flat and sew it on over the top so that the lace peeps out the bottom.

Sewing machine cover project

The side pieces are both the same. Cut two rectangles from Sew Retro Notions to measure 31cm x 17cm. Take a 19.5cm diameter circle and round the top of each end panel and cut. Use the water soluble marker for this. Cut a piece of wadding that is 2cm larger than the panel.

Quilting design marked on fabric

To quilt this time, it is a meandering cornelli pattern. Draw a continuous line with the water soluble marker and then quilt as before using a free motion quilting technique. 
Remove the lines.

Making a pocket

To make the pocket, cut a piece of red gingham fabric 20cm (H) x 19cm (W) and  fold over 4cm to make a 3cm elastic pocket at the top.  Thread through 15cm of elastic and sew the elastic on both sides so that it doesn’t slip out of the pocket.

Learn to make an elasticated pocket

Pleat the bottom of the pocket to fit the side of the side panel.  Sew the pocket onto the bottom of the side panel. 
Repeat for the other end panel.

Sewing a side panel to a main panel

Sew the side pieces to the main piece.

Sew the drop-in lining from the taupe gingham fabric by cutting pattern pieces the same as the outer pieces. You will need two end panels 31cm x 17cm with rounded tops and a large piece 40cm x 74cm. Trim if needed. Sew the pieces together and drop them into the casing with the wrong sides together. Sew around the bottom edge. Trim if necessary.

Tip: Gravity means that the drop in lining will drop out again when you turn this the right way up. The best way to combat this is to make some invisible anchoring stitches around the inner seams.


Binding edges of a sewing project

Take the bias binding and bind the bottom of the casing.


Finishing a sewing machine cover project

Sew a bow onto each pocket and one in the middle front with the charm beneath it.


Completed sewing machine cover


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