Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sewing Machine Cover & Village Update

My ancient sewing machine contracted a little problem with the hinge that attaches it to its cabinet. I had a nasty time one evening with the machine stuck half in and half out of the cabinet. Once I got it out, I decided to leave it out til I can figure out what to do about that hinge. That of course called for some kind of dust cover. I found this tutorial that looked reasonably easy and would probably fit my machine without any adjustment to the measurements. I had some blue fabric to use, but I was afraid it would not be heavy enough. Then I saw some bloggers who suggested adding a mid-weight fusible interfacing if using quilting cottons. I'm glad I took that advice.

This project was another stitcher-tunity to do a little embroidery. I found this cute drawing of a sewing machine (so I'll know what's under the cover I guess) and decided to use it. I was exhausted after holding the piece up to the window to trace it while standing up. My felt tip pen wasn't all that happy to write at that angle either. My fabric shifted some, so my result is bit more, shall we say, 'whimsical' than the original. I was too tired after tracing to pick colors, so I settled for all red, DMC 814. All in all, I'm happy with the result and I wouldn't hesitate to make more.

This is covering a Singer Touch 'n' Sew 648 that was a college graduation present from my mother about 1000 years ago.





The Birthday Village from San-Man Originals is just about done with only one more month to go. October brought a red barn with an array of pumpkins surrounding it. November is a bit scary with that giant turkey. I assumed the people are heading to Thanksgiving dinner, but maybe after staring that big fellow in the face, they are changing their minds and opting for the barn dance next door instead. A little re-charting of the people here as usual with this SAL to make them look a little more to my liking.




I have received some lovely stitchy gifts this past week and when we get a little sunshine, I'll take photos and show them off.

20 comments:

Nancy said...

I love your sewing machine cover, and I think you did a beautiful job! Your Village looks wonderful - such a cheerful piece!

Margaret said...

Wow, the sewing machine cover is so cute! Your village is looking great too!

Miss 376 said...

Oh, I do like you sewing machine cover, the stitching is perfect for it. I still haven't got around to making one for mine yet

helenapastafina said...

That is so cute for a sewing machine cover! I love your village! It's so colorful!

Susan said...

Good job with the sewing machine cover! The village is adorable!!!

Siobhan said...

Great job on the sewing machien cover! I like the embroidery on it. The San Man village looks so nice, too--the recharting on the people looks nice. Love that turkey!

Carol said...

Oh, your sewing machine cover turned out so cute, Annie--I just love it. That design is perfect for it, too. Now you have me thinking I should cover up my own ancient machine--not as old as yours, but close!

What a fun piece your little birthday village is--I love looking at each and every little detail...Hard to believe another year is over and you're just about at the end of the SAL, isn't it?

CalamityJr said...

You did a lovely job on the sewing machine cover, and what a smart solution for the hinge problem!

Kirsten said...

The cover looks so good! What a luck that the cabinet got that problem and gave you a reason to make it ;-)
And you know how I love your village!!

Ranae said...

You did a wondeful finish for the sewing machine.
Your village is looking good, you will have to take up close shots so we can see the details, looks like it has some great details
Take care!!

Farm Girl said...

Your stitchery on the sewing machine cover is fantastic! I got tired of tracing against a window too, so now I use a torch(maybe you say flashlight?)inside an oblong glass fishtank. I just lay the fabric and paper copy on top with the light shining through from below. I was too stingy to pay several hundred dollars for a fancy light box!
Your village is nearly done, I've really enjoyed watching it grow, with all your personal modifications, lovely!

Melanie said...

Love what you did with the cover! It's adorable and totally unique!

(Maybe that block should be titled If Turkeys Ruled the Earth? Maybe he lives in the house and the PEOPLE live in the barn. lol)

Hetti said...

Your sewing and quilt skills are excellent Annie! The cover fits perfect for the sewing machine and I like your stitchery design.

The Village is so verry pretty!

Happy holidays Annie and I wish you a very creative 2012 :-))
Hugs,

Anne said...

What a great sewing machine cover!! It'll be great to keep the dust out! Love the little village too Annie :D

Hugs!

Karen said...

I love how you made use of the sewing machine design, Annie, and it turned out beautifully!

Annette said...

OW WOW.. love that sewing machine cover.. you did a great job on it..
It fits perfect..
Your SAl is looking great to.. have fun

Michelle said...

I love the sewing machine cover - it is so cute! Your village has really grown - it looks great!

♥ Nia said...

wow! your sewing machine cover looks awesome!!! :D Great work sweetie!!!
It's so pretty to see all the village coming along :)

Jingle the bells and play the music loud, for Santa Claus is coming to town! :D
*゚¨゚゚・ ♫*:..。♡*゚¨゚゚・ Merry Christmas! ♫*:..。♡*゚¨゚゚・ ♫*:..。

amira said...

very creative :)
i've borrowed the cover image for my blog post
http://mindblur.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/mother-machine-my-strength/

thanks :)

Pumpkin said...

Brilliant finish Annie!!!!

Wow, you only have one more month to go! You've done really well with this :o)