The right tool for the right job. That is one of my favorite mottos. Having the right tool is very important but taking care of those tools is equal in my opinion. If you take care of them and keep them organized, they will be ready for you when you need them. Of course if you sew and have a machine, it is a very important tool. Not only expensive to purchase, it can be costly to keep maintained and repair. Fabric by nature is hard on sewing machines. Have you ever noticed that when you sew your floor always has lint and small fabric pieces floating around? These small pieces on your floor are probably lodged in your machine parts also. Or maybe you have noticed that when you handle fabric a lot your own skin seems drier? The material can actually take moisture out of your hands. This is because the minute fibers are rough and porous. Hard on you and just as hard on your machine especially if you don't maintain them. The inner workings of today's machines are finely tuned electronic wonders and dust is something to look out for. Routinely using the small brush that comes in most sewing machine kits to clean out your bobbin case and the areas around your needle is a great practice to get in the habit of. When your machine is not in use, a simple cover will help ensure small particles that are in the air won't settle on it. There are some really nice covers out there all the way from material to hard plastic. I chose to sew my own cover because personalizing my space makes me happy. Every time I take my cover off and on, it reminds me that I made it. The pattern can be downloaded below. It is a very simple example of how to use the measurements on your machine to make a cover specific to it. If you have tried to sew a cover in the past but become frustrated by patterns, this one may just give you that spark to complete one for yourself. It is full of color pictures and instructions to hopefully simplify the process for you. You might even decide that you can make one for a gift. They are so versatile that holiday or seasonal covers might be your next craft pick. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you make. Someone will enjoy your hard work.
ˌlanˈyap,ˈlanˌyap - something given as a bonus or extra gift