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An Easy Way to Keep the Dust Away!

My cousin just came to visit and helped me do some Spring cleaning ('s Summer already).  I was forced to face the dust that has been finding it's home on my sewing machines over time.  It's really not fair to the machines and I'm sure machine repairmen would tell me it's actually really bad for the machine!  I found some beautiful patterns for sewing machine covers, but honestly they seemed like a lot of work and I feel compelled to make one for each machine...that's just time I really don't have right now.  Instead I started looking around and decided a small tabletopper would make an excellent cover for my machine.  The easy-breeziness of the look and the work involved is right up my alley.

For my project I used the pretty Cutwork Tabletopper found here.  I wanted something feminine looking to go with the light and airy feeling of my sewing room, and I chose to monogram it in way that's popular nowadays with the applique capital letter and my name underneath.  It's pretty and feminine, and when I'm tired of looking at it, I can embroider something in the opposite corner and switch!  Maybe I'll put a holiday design in the other corner!

Also, I have a friend with a very dry, funny sense of humor, so I chose a plain hemstitched version of the tabletopper and will embroider a funny saying in the corner.  Maybe something like "Remove cover to find my sanity" or something along those lines.  I don't know---I'm still working on that, which is why I am not showing you the finished version of that project yet!  LOL  Stay tuned...

BTW, if you are doing any applique by machine, I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend these scissors:  (click here).  They are made especially for applique projects and helps keep you from cutting something on your item that isn't supposed to be cut.  How many of us have been there and done that?  These scissors really help.  Truthfully, I think I use them the wrong way...the duckbill is supposed to be held against your applique design, but I have really found it easier for me to do it this way.  Whatever works for you is the right way!

This is another one of those really fast projects that can actually make a difference.  30 minutes spent on making it pretty now, and no more time spent cleaning the dust out of those hard-to-reach places on my machine! 



Only published comments... Jun 17 2011, 02:40 PM by SusanMars
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retcslr said:

Soooooooooooo beautiful!  

June 18, 2011 7:33 AM

retcslr said:

You mention a void of projects!  Start making Christmas ornaments.  Hoop, using mesh water soluable stabilizer on the bottom, clear water soluable on the top, and find snowflake embroidery patterns.  Make with all white thread, or other colors.  It there is no holder for hanging, make one with the eyelet part of the buttonhole section and position on top of the snowflake.  Use a gold or white thin ribbon to have a hanger!  

June 18, 2011 7:39 AM

clarkp10 said:

A beautiful cover and project. I must add,though,  that my machines stay too busy to gather much dust.

June 18, 2011 8:13 AM

About SusanMars

In the late nineties my husband surprised me with one of the new “fancy” sewing machines that also did embroidery.  I think he was more impressed with it than I was in the beginning!  I was very intimidated by the technology and really didn’t sew my first embroidery stitch until 8 months after I got the machine.  But once I did, I never looked back!  Suddenly a whole new world of sewing opened up to me! I was monogramming anything that would sit still long enough! 

The only problem?  I couldn’t find enough things to monogram on.  I wanted a place where I could go to shop for lots of embroidery blanks!  Up to this point my corporate job was in the buying office of a large department store and  I knew some sources that offered beautiful linen pieces that were perfect for embroidering.  I started thinking that if I were looking for items like this, maybe other embroiderers were looking for the same thing.

All I can say is you never know what you’ll be doing.  On a whim I signed up to be a vendor at an embroidery-related conference and hoped other embroiderers like all my pretty linen products.  I showed up at the conference and nervously started taking my wares out of the boxes.  What if no one wanted it?  Guess what---they did!  I couldn’t get the product out of the boxes fast enough.  I can remember  thinking that my life just changed and started heading in a different direction. 

I ran back home and put together the website that has become “”.  I’ve spent the last six years taking the business from my living room into a “real” office, and trying to find a balance between work and family and sewing---I think that’s something we all share in common.

Everyone in the office uses the embroidery machines for personal use and we are still REAL embroidery enthusiasts.  The items we choose to sell on our website are the items we like to embroider on ourselves!   We strive to treat the customer the way we want to be treated and really we just want the home embroiderer to enjoy the hobby as much as we do.

After 10 years of loving my embroidery machine, I still find I have as much passion and love for the hobby as I did on that first day when I stared at the machine and wondered what to do next.  Who knew that 10 years down the road I’d be helping so many others enjoy the hobby too!

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