Monday, December 20, 2010

A new coat for my Bernina


I don’t know what it’s been like where you live, but we have had quite a chilly December so far here in North Carolina. Our average daily temperatures are usually above freezing during the day in December, but we have had a month of mostly freezing temps and even a few days of snow. It was enough to make my sewing machine (a Bernina Virtuosa 153 QE) shiver! So I decided to stitch her a little coat. To keep her warm for now, and to keep the dust off her for later. (Dust? Yeah, like that’s a problem… barely a day goes by without me sewing something!) But it looks cute, too.


It is basically two fat quarters of fabric (these are both French General fabrics from a year ago, and I think they are “toweling” – heavier and coarser cotton, or perhaps cotton/linen fabrics). I measured my machine (side, top, and down the other side; and the length) and then trimmed the fat quarters to that size plus seam allowances. Then I cut batting the size I wanted the finished cover to be, and basted it to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces. 

I placed the fabric pieces right sides together and stitched around the perimeter, leaving a 4" opening so I could turn it right side out. After clipping the corners, I turned it right side out, pushed out the corners, and removed the basting stitches. I pressed under the fabric at the opening, and then top stitched around the outside edge. I added pretty ribbon ties on both sides (you can see them above).

Then I dressed it up a bit by adding some beautiful old ribbon I bought from a friend. (I bought a bunch of old lace and tatting from her, and I’ll try to post about it and show it to you in the next week or so.) I think my machine looks quite fetching in her new coat, don’t you?

10 comments:

  1. What a nice idea. I hope you don't mind...I'd like to make one for my Bernina and maybe my Janome too. Your cover looks way better than my old plastic covers that came with the machines. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What a beautiful cover. I should make one for mine, it does get dusty, since I leave it on the table.

    Debbie

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  3. I like it! Very chic and stylish and it goes so well with your beautiful warm red wall in the corner. Awesome!

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  4. Love the beautiful cover. My Bernina is covered with a plastic cover that needs to be replaced. Maybe after the first of the year :-)

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  5. Very cute as well as practical and cheery. Yeah....dust????

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  6. Very cute, Susan -- and that first picture looks right out of a magazine, the way the machine cover matches the wall color. Very stylish! Will you come decorate my sewing room?!

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  7. Absolutely, Diane! You can't go wrong with red and white, in my book! I love to decorate. Just wish I had more time to do it.

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  8. How nice of you! i'm sure your machine will thank you!! Especially when you first start 'her'! Happy Holidays!

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  9. Clever! Your project has made me think about using some of my free motion quilt scraps. That would be a good use for them.

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  10. How clever, Susan! Love your color choice - just happens to be BERNINA colors - red and white! And your sewing room is so fresh and inspiring. What a wonderful place to be creative!
    Enjoy the Holidays!
    Jeanne

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