A lot of people have a piece of equipment they use periodically such as a mig welder, saw or in my case a sewing machine in their shop and would like the tool to remain in a clean and protected state in between uses. Unfortunately we all don't have the luxury of unlimited room and as a result the shop sometimes becomes a paint booth, cleaning area and other uses that can make a mess that we would just as soon not have on knobs, dials and gauges (paint overspray, grease, gunge etc.). I thought I would share pictures of the cover I made for my sewing machine as it may inspire someone else to make a cover for there favorite piece of shop equipment.
I will caution you that if the equipment is hot make sure that it is given a chance to cool off before covering it up - you don't want to start a fire or create a fire hazard.
I have been meaning to make a cover to protect the machine since I got it and today was the day. Since I work with vinyl I used a piece of black vinyl sewn to conform to the size of the sewing machine but a cover could just as easily be made out of cloth, tarp material or even as simple as a heavy duty clear garbage bag. I sewed the vinyl together but it could have just as easily have been joined together using rivets, staples, small short machine screws or glue. Once I had the vinyl sewn I tried it on the machine and since the machine is not a solid shape the cover fit but I was not happy with the way it fit as you can see in pictures 2, 3 and 4. I decided to use an old cardboard box that I had saved and glued and stapled it together to make a cardboard form for the inside of the top of the cover. I stapled some strips of cardboard along the sides and ends to give the box a bit more strength and then I glued the cardboard to the inside of the cover top and tried it on the machine again. It fit a lot better and makes the cover form a rectangular shape - I may still add some cardboard along the sides and ends to give the cover more shape - have to get a hankering for pizza I guess.