After the disaster of trying to install a zipper, I was a little wary about trying the sewing machine cozy from Sew Everything Workshop, because it’s so three-dimensional. But, for a variety of reasons, I do not have a sewing machine cover, and I know that its very important to keep your machine covered to keep dust out. I was also unsure if I wanted to spend $15 on a Teflon presser foot that I might never use again. Also, oilcloth (AKA laminate) is a far cry from the discount fabrics I have been using so far pricewise! But, in the end, reason and responsibility won out, and I got the appropriate presser foot from Amazon. I was also surprised at the selection of oilcloth and laminate available in stores! Someday I will make a raincoat, now that I have the appropriate presser foot.
The pattern was a little tricky, but not that hard. The directions were clear, I just had to stick to what the author said, be logical, and focus on making a box without a bottom. Pinning it was a little awkward, but it was satisfying when I finished it successfully.
1) I measured my machine incorrectly, by including the area where the cords stick out stiffly. Gah, of course the author has included a hole for the cords- it is clearly described in the instructions and illustrated, I just didn’t have the sense to trust that she knows what she is doing. I was also afraid of making the cozy too small, so I added a little extra to the dimensions. This resulted in my sewing machine cozy being way big. Oh well, I don’t care. It is functional, and the fabric is fun.
Since my cozy ended up being large, I didn’t cut any holes for cords. My sewing machine does not have a handle on top, so I of course skipped the part where you make a hole in the top.
Amy at Sewing by the Book had some some the same problems-the cover seems a little large. She thinks the bias tape cord hole is tricky, and that the instructions for it could be better- but is also happy with her cover.
2) To cut down on the size a bit, I played around with the decorative stitches while hemming the cozy. Fun! I didn’t try particularly hard to make my stiches straight (which I’m not very good at anyway, at least not yet), so my lines of stiches undulate irregularly, which I think goes well with my fabric. One thing I’m not at all happy about is that some of the stitches didn’t come out correctly. Instead of a six-pointed start, some of the stars are split in half lengthwise, with three upward pointing lines next to three downward facing lines.
The satin stitch on some of the decorative ovals is too widely spaced. Maybe this is because I was sewing with laminate, or because I did not use an embroidery needle? Or, maybe I did not feed the fabric correctly? Oh well. If I was doing an heirloom style shirt or skirt, I would be upset, but for this project I do not mind.
Grade: A+. So great. Useful, and I learned a lot.