SATURDAY SEWING: A Pretty Machine Cover

Although I originally measured it to fit my Continental M7, I was pleased to see it fit my 550E Embroidery Machine too!

A few weeks ago I wrote about using the Sew Comfortable Triangle templates in a machine cover project. (Click here to find it.) It’s finally completed! I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

Multi Clamshells ruler from Janome

I did some ruler work on it, and then really got to practicing my free motion quilting skills. I had forgotten how much I love it! Even Fiona liked it (which is saying a lot for her because she is typically irritated at almost everything lol)!

Anyone else have a fabric loving feline?

I learned a few things about my quilting style with this project too. I discovered that the echo quilting foot is really handy for free motioning around some ruler work that I had done first.

I also discovered that my favorite free motion quilting foot is the PD-H Closed Toe foot. I loved how it held everything down and I could just speed along to my hearts content.

I also got a chance to use the new Blue Dot Bobbin Case for the M7, which made my bobbin stitches absolutely perfect.

Front
Back

There are also Blue Dot Bobbin Cases for all of our other machines too. If you have been feeling frustrated with your free motion skills, try one of these bobbin cases. It helps to solve many tension issues with free motion quilting.

I also tried something a little different with the binding on this project. I dug around in my endless bins of scraps and trim and found a whole bag of large scale ric-rac, which was the perfect trim!

I basted the trim onto the cover before adding the binding

I also used some decorative stitches from the Play section of the stitch menu. I thought the sewing themed ones were the finishing touch.

I also used the Tape Stand to help my fabric strips move smoothly through the Quilt Binder. It makes all the difference.

Tip: I saved a cardboard roll and cut a slit in it to hold the end of the strip so it could be rolled up neatly.

I raided my stash again and found the exact peach embroidery thread that matched my fabric. Paired with the black binding, it made the decorative stitch combination pop on the edges.

If you haven’t had a chance to play with some of these accessories and functions, I highly recommend it! It’s a great way to be creative and have some fun while creating something functional.

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