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So here is my new overlocker cover.  I decided it should show something it could do rather than the sewing machine, so I did some decorative rows of flatlock stitch, alternating between loops up and bars up, instead of adding lots of applique.  I need to buy thread for it in more colours, but the red I has worked well. I just had to add the heart and some more machine embroidery.

I added a flap so I can reach the carry handle.  This time I quilted it and added buttons again to just hold it down.  I took a closer shot so you can see my favourite little strings of hearts I put on the sewing machine flap - like bunting! You can see the the random embroidery trails on both covers.

I am really pleased.  They look rather American Folk rather that English Roses don't they. I just love the colours.  So what next?  Oh yes, I have those feet to try out, and a rather cute pair of pinstriped denim shorts to convert into a bag, and a sweater I thought I might play with.  Don't you just love sewing!


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Comment by Karen on March 28, 2012 at 2:18pm

Hi Linda

Yes you can use a sewing machine for this no probs.  I made one for both machines and wanted to use the overlocker skills on the overlocker one, sewing machine skills on the sewing machine one.

Just make up your patchwork pattern piece to fit your machine and quilt it. I used embroidery stitches again.

I then added some random runs of embroidery my sewing machine does (I particularly like the strings of hearts!) and used some of the applique pictures from my apron designs to decorate it.  (Feel free to look at my aprons if they help!) I use zig zag stitch to add them.

Then assemble it (I used my overlocker to neaten the seams) and hem it.  

Then mark the position to cut a h*** for your hand to reach the carry handle and use the bound buttonhole technique to face it.  My random embroidery holds it down, or you could stitch it down.

Make the flap, at least half an inch all round bigger than the h***.  

Attach the flap, and rather than add velcro to keep it closed I added buttons to weight it down.

Hope that helps!

Comment by Sue Smith on March 28, 2012 at 12:37pm

Wonderful cover! Very inventive and thought out, besides getting to use all those scraps.

Comment by Linda Lubbesmeyer on March 28, 2012 at 10:33am

love, love, LOVE this - I've been trying for the last several days to think up a sewing machine cover, and this has given me some inspiration. I don't have an overlock machine, but this can be adapted to a regular sewing machine, right? I wanted to use up scraps and try making a design of some sort. Love what you did here!

Comment by Gracie on March 27, 2012 at 5:59pm

The cover is quite creative and lovely. Well done!

Comment by Susan on March 25, 2012 at 8:34pm

Good thinking adding the flap.  Kudos!  Nice work.  

Comment by Kelly Dannemann on March 25, 2012 at 1:12pm

That is very nice work!!

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