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Don't forget to ask your local authorized Janome Dealer for a demonstration of the new Skyline S7. Happy National Sewing
Month!

Want to make sure your entire sewing room is on the Best Dressed List? We have four other sewing machine covers and
a serger cover. Check out:

Skirted Sewing Machine cover


Pinafore Style Sewing Machine Cover with Renaissance Ribbons
Bari J. Paris Apartment Sewing Machine Cover
Sleepytime Sewing Machine Cover
Serger Cover

Sewing Tools You Need


Sewing Machine and standard presser foot
Zipper foot
Satin Stitch foot; optional, but great for decorative stitching
Walking or Even Feed foot; optional, but helpful for the thicker layers

Fabric and Other Supplies

2 yards of 45"+ wide quilting weight cotton for the main front panel, the linings, and the binding; we used Betty's
Green from the Bella Solids collection by Moda from Fabric Depot
¾ yard of 45"+ wide quilting weight cotton for the front accent panel, one side panel exterior, and two pocket
exteriors; we used Dreamlandia in Irradiated from the Utopia collection by Art Gallery Fabrics from Fabric Depot
½ yard of 45"+ wide quilting weight cotton for one side panel exterior and one pocket exterior; we used Megalopolitan
in Dan from the Utopia collection by Art Gallery Fabrics from Fabric Depot
1½ yards of 20"+ wide flexible foam interfacing; we used Pellon Flex Foam
½ yard of 45" wide medium-weight fusible interfacing; we used Pellon Décor Bond
3 yards (two packages) of ½" piping in a contrasting color; we used Wrights Maxi Piping in Mocha
¾ yard of 1" wide cotton webbing in a coordinating color; we used 1" cotton webbing in natural
TEN-TWELVE ¾" - 1" buttons; we recommend a variety of styles and textures but all in the same or very similar
color - we used 10 white buttons
All purpose thread to match fabrics
All purpose thread in FOUR+ coordinating colors for the decorative stitching; we used Ivory, Charcoal, Dark Red, and
Minty Aqua
Tear-away stabilizer or similar, as recommended for your machine, for the decorative stitching (we simply used the
Décor Bond as our stabilizer); you need three strips at 4" x 22½"
See-through ruler
Measuring tape
Fabric pen or pencil
Seam gauge
Seam ripper
Scissors 
Rotary cutter and mat

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Iron and ironing board


Straight pins 
Hand sewing needle

Getting Started
1. Download and print out TWO copies of our TWO pattern sheets: Machine Cover Side Base and Machine Cover Side
Top.
IMPORTANT: Each pattern is ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. You must print the PDF files at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the
page. There is a guide rule on each page so you can confirm your final printout is to scale.
2. Cut out each pattern piece along the solid line.
3. Flip over one copy of each set and butt together (do not overlap), aligning the horizontal arrows printed on the pattern.
Tape together. Then, aligning the vertical arrows of the top and bottom, butt together the top and bottom halves and
tape together to create the full pattern piece.

4. From the solid fabric, cut the following:


ONE 21" wide x 22½" high rectangle for the main exterior panel
ONE 21" wide x 33" high rectangle for the main lining
ONE 12" wide x 7½" high rectangle for the front pocket lining
TWO 3½" x 31" strips for the bottom binding
5. Using the full pattern, fussy cut the following for the side panels:
From the solid, cut TWO
From accent fabric one, cut ONE
From accent fabric two, cut ONE
From the foam interfacing, cut TWO

6. The remaining foam panel will be cut during construction.


7. Cut away the top of the pattern, and use the bottom half to fussy cut the following for the pockets:
From the solid, cut TWO
From accent fabric one, cut ONE
From accent fabric two, cut ONE
Finally, cut along the dashed line to remove the seam allowance, and use this smaller, bottom half of the pattern to cut
TWO from the mid-weight interfacing.
NOTE: We took extra time to pattern match the motif from each side panel to its pocket.
8. From the remaining main accent fabric, fussy cut the following:

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ONE 21" wide x 11½" high rectangle for the main exterior accent panel
ONE 12" wide x 7½" high rectangle for the front pocket
9. From the tear-away stabilizer or fusible interfacing, cut THREE 4" x 22½" strips.
10. From the remaining fusible interfacing, cut ONE 12" x 7" rectangle for the front pocket.
11. From the webbing, cut ONE 8" length and TWO 6" lengths.
12. The piping will be cut during construction.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board


Create the three pockets

1. Find the three pocket fronts, the three pocket linings, and the three pocket interfacing panels.
2. Cut a length of piping to fit across the top of each pocket panel.
3. Using a Zipper foot, baste the piping to the top edge on the right side of each pocket panel. The seam line of piping's
insertion tape should sit ½" from the raw edge of the fabric panel.

4. On the two side panel pockets, place a lining panel right side together with each exterior panel, sandwiching the
piping between the layers. Pin along the top edge only.
5. Following the basting seam line of the piping, stitch through all the layers across the top edge only.
6. With the pocket exterior and lining flat, place an interfacing panel against the wrong side of the exterior panel, aligning
the top edge of the interfacing with the exterior/lining seam line. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse the
interfacing in place.

7. Fold the exterior and lining wrong sides together. All the raw edges should be flush and the piping should be evenly
visible across the top. Press flat.

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8. The front pocket is assembled in the same manner as the two side panels, except you will stitch the top AND both
side edges, leaving just the bottom open.

Assemble the side panels

1. Find the two exterior side panels, the two foam side panels, the two finished side pockets, and the two 6" lengths of
webbing.
2. Place an exterior side panel right side up on each foam panel. Lightly pin around the outer edge.
3. Place a pocket right side up on each side panel, adjusting as necessary for a good motif match. This may mean the
bottom edges of the pocket and panel are slightly off. This is fine; you will trim the bottom edge flush all around prior
to binding. Pin the pocket in place.
4. Draw a dividing line down the exact center of each pocket panel.

5. If necessary, re-thread the machine with thread to best match the fabric in the top and bobbin. Re-attach a standard
presser foot.
6. Stitch around the entire outer perimeter of the panel through all the layers, using a ¼" seam allowance. This allows
you to work with the two layers as one.
7. Stitch along the drawn guideline to divide the pocket panel. For the neatest look, use a lock stitch at the top of the
pocket. Or, leave the thread tails long and knot off at the back.

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8. Fold each 6" length of webbing in half to create a loop and place the raw edges of a loop at the top center of each
panel. Baste in place to secure.

9. Cut a length of piping to fit along the sides and around the top of each side panel. There is no piping along the bottom
straight edge of the panel.
10. Re-attach the Zipper foot.
11. The thickness of the foam will add dimension to the seams, so the seam allowance needs to be a bit larger than
normal. To account for this, place the edge of the piping's insertion tape ¼" in from the cut edge of the side panel. As
a guide, use the stitching line you made above when stitching the fabric to the foam.
12. In addition, make sure your bobbin thread is one that will stand out against the white of the foam interfacing. This is
important as you'll use this bobbin seam line as a guide line later when stitching the side panels to the center panel.

13. Set the side panels aside.

Create the main decorative-stitch panel

1. Decorative stitching forms best when it has some backing to help stabilize a thinner fabric, such as the quilting cotton
we are using. You can use a tear-away stabilizer or a mid-weight fusible, which was our choice. You don't want to
interface the entire center panel because that would destroy the overall softness and ruin the look of the quilting
stitches.
2. Using a measuring tape, measure and mark along both 21" sides of the 21" x 22½" main panel. Place the first mark

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½" in from the outer raw edge, then measure in 2" increments across the entire 21" width. 

3. If you measure accurately, you should end up with your final mark ½" in from the opposite raw edge.

4. Using a long straight edge, connect the top marks with the bottom marks with continuous vertical lines. You are
working on what will be the wrong side of the panel, but it is still a good idea to use a fabric pen or pencil that will
easily wipe away or disappear with exposure to the air or with the heat of the iron.
5. Place the three 4" stabilizing strips against the wrong side of the panel, using the lines as your guide. The outer edges
of the right and left strips should be aligned with the ½" lines at either side of the panel. The center strip should sit
between the 8" and 12" marks at the center of the panel. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse the strips in
place. Pin in place at the outer edges if using tear-away

6. Flip the panel to the right side and draw in three guidelines down the center of each stabilizing strip. You can re-
measure and re-draw the same marks on the front as you did on the back, or simply lift up the edge of the panel and
transfer the center marks from the back to the front.

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7. Using a long straight edge, connect the top marks with the bottom marks to create three continuous vertical lines.

8. Re-attach a standard presser foot or a Satin Stitch foot.


9. Before doing the final decorativing stitching on the panel, do some test stitching to determine the stitch patterns, stitch
width, distance apart, and thread color. We used seven lines of stitching in each of our three groups. All our stitches
were formed at a 9mm width. We used four thread colors in three pairs of two plus a more dominant accent color
(dark red in our sample) for each center stitch line. The stitch lines are approximately ¼" apart; we used the edge of
our presser foot as a guide.
NOTE: On the Skyline S5, we used the following stitches: from Mode 1: #68; from Mode 2: #45, #46, #56, #67, #68,
Below are close-up illustrations of our stitch patterns with their corresponding thread colors.
INSERT the stitch patterns from the Design Work Order - kind of like we sent Kathy, but we need to indicate the
Modes - so maybe each could have a Mode/Stitch configuration, like 1/68, 2/68, 2/73, 2/65, 2/73, 2/68, 1/68 ...
10. Start with the center line of each stitch group. For the best and most consistent stitching, always stitch in the same
direction on the panel. We also recommend using a Start/Stop button control rather than your foot pedal if you have
this feature on your machine. This guides the fabric evenly and at a steady pace, which gives you a beautiful finish.
Although you may think you are delivering even pressure with your foot pedal, it's very easy to drift into a sporadic
slow-to-fast-to-slow pace, which can put stress on the fabric and thread and cause the stitches to form less perfectly.

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11. The number of times you need to re-thread and change the stitch pattern will depend on your customized design.

12. We did each set of seven stitch lines independently, changing color as we worked from the center to the outside.

13. Using a pressing cloth, press the final panel flat.

Complete the main panel and add the quilting lines

1. Find the 21" x 11½" front accent panel. Place the panel right sides together across the bottom of the main panel. If
you have directional elements in the decorative stitches and/or the accent fabric, as we did, make sure you are
aligning the top of the accent panel with the bottom of the main panel. Pin in place.
2. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch the panels together. Press the seam allowance down towards the accent panel.
3. Use this completed main panel as a pattern to cut a foam panel.

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4. Place the fabric panel right side up on the foam panel and lightly pin around the outer edge.
5. Again using your original 2" increment guidelines, re-draw the quilting lines as necessary. There is a quilting line to
either side of the center decorative stitching block, one line at the inner edge of both the left and right stitching blocks,
and one line down the center of each blank section between the decorative stitching blocks.

6. Your guidelines should extend through both the main panel and the accent panel.

7. If possible, attach a Walking or Even feed foot.


8. Re-thread the machine with thread to best match the solid color of the main panel in the top and bobbin. Lengthen
the stitch.
9. Stitch along each drawn guideline through the fabric and the foam. As with the decorative stitching above, always start
at the same edge and stitch each line in the same direction to avoid any weird diagonal wrinkles.
10. When all the quilting lines are finished, stitch along the outside edges of the panel, staying within the standard ½"
seam allowance.

Front pocket and top handle

1. Find the completed front pocket.


2. Place the main panel right side up and flat on your work surface.
3. Place the pocket right side up at the solid edge of the panel. It should sit approximately 12½" in from the right side
edge of the panel. You want the edgestitching along the left edge of the pocket to align with the quilting line to the left
of the center decorative stitching block. Use this as a guide. The bottom raw edge of the pocket should be flush with
the raw edges of the panel. Pin in place.

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4. The machine should still be threaded with thread to best match the fabric in the top and bobbin. Re-set the stitch
length to normal. Re-attach a standard presser foot.
5. Edgestitch the pocket in place along both sides. Remember, the left seam should be in line with the quilting stitch
line.
6. Create a pocket dividing line, using the quilting stitch line to the right of the center decorative stitching block as your
guide line.

7. Find the 8" length of webbing. Fold under each end 1".
8. Pin the webbing in place at the middle of the panel. It should sit over the center decorative stitching block and be
centered side to side. Pin in place at each end.

9. Secure each end with a 1" X-box of stitching, lining up the inner edge of each box with a quilting line on the panel.

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Attach the side panels

1. Fold the main panel in half widthwise and mark the center point at each side edge. These should be in line with the
handle you just attached.
2. Place the side panel right sides together with the main panel, aligning the center marks of the main panel with the
tabs at the top of each side panel. Pin in place.

3. Fold the main panel down, wrapping and easing it around the rounded top corner of the side panel. Move down the
side, pinning the two layers right sides together. The bottom of the main panel should match up with the bottom
square corner of the side panel.

4. Repeat to align, wrap, and pin the opposite raw edge of the side panel to the opposite raw edge of the main panel.

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5. Repeat to pin the remaining side panel in place.

6. Attach a Zipper foot to stitch the layers together. Remember above when we told you to make sure your piping basting
seams on the panels had a contrasting color in the bobbin? You can now use this visible stitching line as a guide line
to stitch the panels in place, guaranteeing you will be stitching right along the piping cord.
7. Stitch both side panels to the main panel.

8. Turn the cover right side out. Trim any unevenness from the bottom edge, and stitch around the entire bottom edge
with a zig zag to flatten and secure all the layers.

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Lining

1. Find the main lining panel and the two lining side panels. Fold each piece in half and mark its center top with a little
snip.

2. Following the same steps as above for the exterior of the cover, pin the side panels to the main panel.

3. Re-attach the standard presser foot.


4. Since the thickness of the foam will make the inside of the cover just a bit smaller, use a ⅝" seam allowance for the
majority of the panel seams, but ease back out to ½" when you get to the bottom edges so that it will match the
exterior at the base.

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5. Leave the lining wrong side out. Find the exterior cover, which should be right side out. Place the lining inside the
exterior so the two are now wrong sides together.

6. Align the seams, trim away any unevenness along the raw edges, and pin the layers together.

7. Machine baste the layers together together all around.

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8. Thread a hand sewing needle. Unlike a lined bag where the force of gravity helps keep the lining in place, the lining of
this sewing machine cover will want to drop out when you lift the cover off the machine. To help hold it in place, hand
stitch through all the layers at either end of the handle and at the top of each side panel seam.

Binding and buttons

1. Find the two 31" x 3½" strips. Place the strips right sides together and pin along the two 3½" ends.
2. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch both ends to create a loop.
3. Press open the seam allowances, then fold the loop in half, wrong sides together. Make sure the raw edges of the
loop are flush. Press well.
4. Turn the cover wrong side out. Place the binding strip right sides together with the exterior of the cover. The raw
edges of the binding strip should be flush with the bottom raw edges of the cover. Pin in place all around.

5. Attach a Walking or Even Feed foot if possible.


6. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch all around the bottom edge through all the layers.

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7. Bring the folded edge of the binding strip up and around the seam allowance to the lining side of the cover. The folded
edge should cover the seam line that attached the binding. Hand stitch in place all around. This is similar to how a
quilt binding is attached.

8. Find the buttons. Space them evenly along the quilting line between the left and center decorative stitching blocks. We
used ten ¾" - 1" buttons, spaced approximately 2" apart on center.
9. Using a variety of thread colors from the decorative stitching lines, stitch each button in place.

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