Sewing machine covers–are they necessary?
A sewing machine cover is more than just a nice, decorative touch.¬
A properly fitting cover helps keep dust out of the machine and protects it from scratches.¬† The newer, computerized machines are especially sensitive to dust and should be covered when not in use.
You can buy a machine cover.¬† Inexpensive, see-thru vinyl ones are readily available.¬† Singer makes a sewing machine maintenance kit that comes with all the tools you need to clean your machine, plus a nice vinyl cover.¬† Some machines come with a hard plastic cover and you can buy a hard cover for most machines.¬† A sewing machine cover is also easy to make and can be made out of leftover fabric from another project.¬† Cottons make a good, easy-to-sew cover.¬† Quilted fabric is also popular for sewing machine covers.
The pattern companies make several great sewing machine cover patterns sized to fit standard machines and sergers.¬† These collections are neat and come with patterns for extra accessories, like a hanging organizer to go on the wall, clever novelty pin cushions, and even ironing board covers.