Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Serger Cover Mashup

In celebration of my sewing room *finally* coming together the way I want it (nope - -still not done . . . but getting closer every day!), I decided it was time to tackle another project on my Summer Sewing To-Do List.  Say hello to my new serger cover:

Serger Cover 2

Not having a proper pattern the way I did for my sewing machine, I set out the other day to find some bit of inspiration and guidance on how best to tackle a cover for the serger.  My original plan was to recreate the Bloom Sewing Machine Cover pattern on a smaller scale so that the two covers would "go".  BUT after looking at the dimensions of my serger and how much linen I had leftover from my previous project, I decided to just use what I had and make up my own inspired-by-but-different-than-Bloom serger cover pattern.


I did get some good tips and a nice starting point for tackling the unique shape of a serger from Created by CJ who was kindly enough to share a very good tutorial on how to cover a Bernina 1300MDC:

I did not follow her instructions exactly . . . I don't have the same kind of serger as she does (and I was going for a different look), so some modification was in order.  I did, however, find the bones of the construction process helpful so a big kiss to CJ and her trailblazing tute.  (For those of you who might want to try this project, I have a Brother 1034D - - they seem fairly popular for the somewhat budget-wise sergers out there.) 

The first thing I set out to do was to create a pattern for the side pieces . . . I wanted that serger shape rather than just a piece of fabric flopped over the top.  I took my odd piece of linen fabric and managed to squeeze 2 pieces out of it for the side pieces.  Here are the dimensions I used (clearly this is not to scale):
Next up, I wanted to capture the same feel of the sewing machine cover so I changed up the "stitch" to "serge" (not too hard . . . all of the letters in stitch can be either traced or easily modified to come up with the letters in serge - - I used a window to trace and keep the size of the font the same as it was on the other cover).  I  only had a few odd sizes of linen left so I took the biggest one I had and cut it down just a bit so it would be the width I needed for the front of the cover.  This piece ended up being 7"x14".
Serge Panel

Next up, I struggled over which print from my precious Pop Garden stash to use for the rest of the cover.  Seriously . . . this part probably took the longest!  In the end I went with Paisley in Ivory.  :)  It was hard to finally cut into it, but I'm glad I did!  I used a fat quarter piece (I told you it's precious . . . there are only a few pieces from this collection that I have 1/2 yards of . . . the rest are fat quarter chunks!) so I kept the long side as long as it was and cut the short side down to match the embroidery panel width-wise.  At this point I laid it over my serger to see if it was going to be long enough once everything was all hemmed up.  It wasn't.  :P

So I added a little squinch from the Bijoux line - - Swirly Buds in Yellow.  In case you forgot, I added a squinch of that print to the back of my sewing machine cover as well:
Top Detail

From there I sewed the 3 pieces together and embroidered and embellished the linen piece with some measuring twill tape and some crochet trim that I had left over from the sewing machine cover project.  I raked through the button drawer to see if I could come up with some buttons that might work somewhere on this (nod to the Bloom pattern), but in the end I thought it was just too much so I left them out.
Serger Panel

From this point on, the construction is pretty similar to the tutorial from CJ.  The only notable difference is that I added some piping to the edges in homage to the Bloom cover.
Adding Piping

I didn't end up adding a lining because I used fusible fleece and some interfacing to give the whole thing more structure and the inside doesn't look too bad.  I just finished the bottom by giving it a little hem.
Serger Cover

Well . . . that's that.  I really hope someone stumbles on this someday and finds it helpful.  It took some digging to find a serger cover pattern that wasn't too fussy (I don't need pockets or a handle), but wasn't too simple either (a la a piece of fabric draped over the top and tied on the sides).  To be honest, if Bloom had published a serger pattern, I would have purchased it!  In the end, though, I'm glad I puzzled through it this way because now I've got a pair of covers that give me a grin whenever I enter my sewing room.  :)
Bloom Stitch Sewing Machine Cover
My Bloom Stitch Sewing Machine Cover

On a side note: I'm linking this post up with Kelly's My Precious QAL (which does not have to be quilt-y as such, but does need to be a project which uses up some fabric from the "too precious to ever cut into" pile).
Additionally, I'll be linking up with some fun parties RIGHT HERE.

August Finishes


CBH August 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 5 post on Aug. 17, 2012. Thanks again.

CBH August 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Aug. 29, 2012. Thanks again.

CJ Tinkle February 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM  

It's darling, I love the way you did your serger cover! Very fresh and modern!

Skooks February 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM  

CJ - Thank you for your awesome tutorial! It definitely helped me as I worked on this project. :)

Emlyellen November 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM  

Been looking all over the internet to purchase a serger cover but after reading your instructions I have decided to make my own! Thanks!

Skooks November 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM  

E - That's awesome! So glad you found it helpful. I'd love to see a picture of it when you finish. :)

twigsandposies January 5, 2015 at 12:27 PM  

I just "stumbled" across this!! Than you so much!!

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