Tuesday, October 23

Featherweight tote/dustcover part 2

When i get an email from someone who loves something i have sewn, but needs additional info, i'm happy to oblige since there's at least one fan. *lol*
So with more pics and more "how did i do it" the Featherweight tote/dustcover again!

 First things first: was it my design? NO. Was it my idea? NO again. the only thing i did was combine 2 tutorials into one. So credit where credit is due.
The paperpieced block is to be found here and the bag pattern here.

The bag is intended to protect the Featherweight IN it's case.
...and what would a heavy pic post be without at least ONE flipped over....
The original bagpattern is for a white FW which is a bit smaller than the black ones. The PP block also is bigger than the given patternparts, which is good since i wanted to make a bigger bag!
My bag front is 11.5"x11.5", WITHOUT seamallowance. Just add your fav seamallowance; mine was 1/4".
The PP pattern swapped two pattern parts, but if you look at the overall pattern, you should be okay.
The piping adds extra sturdiness but I found it a real pain to sew it as tightly as possible. i made the piping myself sewing a cord in a ready bought piece of bias strip, using a zipperfoot.
 Afterwards i cut a 1/4" seamallowance. I didn't know any other way to get it as I wanted.
 The bag pattern says you have to iron interfacing on the liningparts. I used a fusible fleece (Vlieseline H640) and ironed it to the OUTER parts. The fleece gave a sturdier bag with more padding to protect the FW. By ironing it on the outerparts, the paperpieced block was more secured as well. Mind to sew the PP block UPSIDE DOWN!
The reason that i made the bag higher is not just caused by the measurements of the paperpieced block. I wanted to fold it over the machine. My machine foot clip is in the case lid. It probably fell off once onto the machine, since my letter "s"is chipped. To prevent that from  happening again I needed protection on top of the machine.
 The details were embroidered on . The original pattern says "the perfect portable" but i declined on that much lettering and put '221k4" instead. Transferring the text can be done by taping it to your window as use sunlight to see through your fabric. I took a Sewline pencil.

When you use the bag as dustcover, you'll find you'll have extra space on top (remember as a bag it is folded over) No problem. With the fleece and piping it will stand and if you have to put your machine in a tiny space it still works :)
Hope this all makes sense for those who want to make this too. I mean: I know what I'm talking about but hopefully you do too :)
Happy sewing!


  1. i WILL be coming back to this in the future - no time for making a cover for Bette Black the FW right now, but she will be nudging me to make one for her next year - and you make it look like i might even be able to manage one for myself (Bette) and for Auntia...

  2. Well this is just adorable---I don't have a FW but if I did I would definitely have to make one of these. :) May have too anyway for the machines that I do have. :) Thanks so much for sharing the info with us.

  3. Do you have any idea how much I love this?? I will have to keep it in mind for the future! Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a wonderful cover/bag Annemiek!! Love it!

  5. This is so cute, I plan to make.

  6. I love this and will make it. Thank you for your talent and your pattern. I have 4 FW's and I think they might all deserve one.

  7. Thank you "greycurrent"! Mind that it is not my talent, just combined 2 patterns that were allready there. Love to see your dustcover bags in time!