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2014 January 22
by elizabeth_admin


I’ve been procrastinating my next project because it’s not something I think I will enjoy the process of too much.  But, I know I will enjoy the result, so by writing about it here, I hope to sufficiently motivate myself to start and finish it.  I have all the supplies, so I have no excuse, right?


The Sewing Room Beautification Project



My sewing table, out of necessity, is right in front of the only window in my bedroom.  I need the natural light.  NEED IT.  However, said window faces the entry walk to the house.  If my shades are open, visitors are treated to the hind side of all my machines and my messy sewing table.  When planning the window coverings, I thought only of blackout shades, not thinking that I might want something sheer during the daytime.   Hindsight is 20/20 right?


Sew matching sewing machine covers for the three machines which do not already have covers.  Find new organization tool to keep all notions/supplies tidy on sewing table.  Keep sewing room AKA the bedroom neat.

Well, as you all know, I did find an awesome small drawer organization thingy (my technical term) at Home Depot a couple of months ago, which I spray painted to match my decor.



I also undertook a major overhaul of the sewing room which had become an embarrassing embarrassment.



So all that’s left to do is sew the sewing machine covers.  I bought a natural canvas and some tan ribbon to decorate it with and even sewed up a mock up of the cover for my coverstitch machine.



As you can see above, the muslin doesn’t have much structure and sags in the front middle.   My prototype is made up of one long rectangle for the back, top and front, and two side panels.  So there are no actual seams at the top front and top back.  I asked some of my sewing friends for ideas on how to ensure the canvas doesn’t sag like the muslin prototype does.  I thought maybe I needed cut up the long rectangle to add seams at the top front and back.  One person suggested piping, but I already knew that I wanted the tan ribbon to go from front to back and piping would disturb that detail.  Another friend suggested I use fusible fleece to make the sides more rigid.  Hmmm, that might work.

I have all my supplies, and I’ve written this public post to externally motivate myself.  Now all I have to do is actually do this boring sewing.  Ugh.

Are any of you doing boring sewing?  Please tell me I’m not the only boring person.  Please!

Wish me luck!

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Carol permalink
    January 22, 2014

    NO sewing is boring. Look how your creative juices are flowing. Soon there will be breadbags, tea cozys and switch plate covers!! Rock on, sister.

  2. Susan V permalink
    January 22, 2014

    You could also put up another curtain rod behind the black out curtains and hang sheers on them. They also make double curtain rods for sheers against the glass and then the blackout curtains closest to the interior. I think the covers sound great. I second the fusible fleece to make them more stiff. Good luck!

  3. January 22, 2014

    Remember the bag I had in SD when we went to the Swap Meet? That used Peltex, it comes in 1-sided and 2-sided fusible, also in non fusible. I used the non-fusible kind in that bag. It will definitely keep your sewing machine covers at attention.

    My dad has the same serger you have!

  4. Rachel C permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I’m making curtains right now. LOTS of long straight lines. “Fun!”

    But at least I’m not limited to the selection at the store in my small decorating budget. You’ll be onto something really fun in no time.

  5. Pam permalink
    January 23, 2014

    I’m w Kyle…fusible fleece will just make it heavier/more saggy in a wet hat kinda way. I got mine (peltex? Not sure what’s it’s called – it’s just clearly not a quilting or clothing type of product!) at Joann’s…it’s w the rest of the interfacing and incredibly stiff and inflexible! This cleaning project is actually really exciting. Maybe when you finish, you’ll be excited to create w your new draping skills? (Coincidentally I’ve been slogging through the massive clean up & re org of my sewing/bedroom space. So much more seems possible now!)

  6. Tammy permalink
    January 23, 2014

    The fusible fleece won’t solve the sagging problem entirely. I sewed my machine covers with fusible fleece and they are sagging. It bothers me a little and if I sew new covers, I would use the stiff interfacing that others are recommending. Of course, you will have to have space to set the covers aside when you are using the machines as they will basically be boxes the same size as your machines. Your sewing room looks like a wonderful space for fun and creativity. Enjoy!

  7. January 24, 2014

    I just made 2 pairs of sweatpants and a fleece PJ top — not the most exciting projects — so you are not alone! Good luck with the beautification projects!

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