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#1 29 Chev ONLINE  

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Posted March 29, 2017 - 03:40 PM

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. 

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  • 2 New Cover.jpg
  • 3 New Cover.jpg
  • 4 New Cover Installed Doesn't Hold  Shape.jpg
  • 5 Old Cardboard Box.jpg
  • 6 Box Cut To Size.jpg
  • 7 Glue Applied To Box.jpg
  • 8 Pieces Glued And Stapled Together.jpg
  • 9 Pieces Glued And Stapled Together.jpg
  • 10 Glue Applied To Inside Top Of Cover.jpg
  • 11 Cardboard Glued To Inside Of Cover.jpg
  • 12 Carboard Added Around SIdes To Give Cardboard More Strength.jpg
  • 13 Cover On Sewing Machine.jpg
  • 14 Cover On Sewing Machine - Now Has Shape.jpg
  • 15 Cover On Sewing Machine - Now Has Shape.jpg
  • 16 Cover On Sewing Machine - Now Has Shape.jpg

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Posted March 29, 2017 - 03:59 PM

Nice cover! That's why Alice has her blanky!


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Posted March 29, 2017 - 05:53 PM

Nice fabrication!

My wife does a lot of sewing and making costumes and the like. She would love to have an industrial sewing machine to work with vinyl and other heavy material.


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Posted March 29, 2017 - 06:36 PM

Nice fabrication!

My wife does a lot of sewing and making costumes and the like. She would love to have an industrial sewing machine to work with vinyl and other heavy material.

I got very lucky on that one - my brother picked it up for me as he and his wife were friends with the late owners daughter.  He was second in line for it and the first guy tried to offer less than the asking price which was very reasonable.  It had a 220 volt clutch motor which I found very hard to use so I bought a new 110 volt servo motor that is very easy to control the speed with and has lots of power - https://reliablecorp...00sm-servomotor . 


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Posted March 29, 2017 - 07:49 PM

Good job that turned out nice. I like the idea of the cardboard lightweight & functional. My wife quilts & has made most of our curtains over the years. She's only had two machines but they were nice ones. That's a nice one you got & a good grab by your brother.

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Posted March 30, 2017 - 06:13 AM

Nice sewing work, I have done a few things in the past that I was pretty please with, but your work is pretty impressive. Man if I had your skills around here the things I could make and recover.


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Posted March 30, 2017 - 07:04 AM

I use old T-shirts to cover a couple items like battery charger,etc.  I use an old blanket to keep the carbide saw blade sharpener covered.  It still get dirty from the fine grinding dust generated from the sharpening process so not sure I am gaining much.  It is in the house basement so not any dirt, over spray, etc. in there.  Nice looking cover which that kind of equipment needs.


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Posted March 30, 2017 - 01:13 PM

Pretty cool and I agree with the idea of keeping stuff like that covered up. That vinyl wont trap moisture in there will it?

BTW I like the cool light on your machine.


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Posted March 30, 2017 - 01:20 PM

Stew, you're work is amazing. I wish I had that tallent!
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Posted March 30, 2017 - 02:15 PM

Pretty cool and I agree with the idea of keeping stuff like that covered up. That vinyl wont trap moisture in there will it?

BTW I like the cool light on your machine.

The shop where the machine is kept usually doesn't have much moisture in the air so I think it should be ok - will keep an eye on it and see if any surfaces start to show signs of rust.  The light is a LED flashlight that I converted to work on 110 volt by using an old power supply I had laying around - when I installed it initially it was battery operated but the light would dim over time while using it as the batteries reached the end of their life.  Now the light is nice and consistently bright.

 

Found a few old pizza boxes I had stashed and cut them to size to give the cover a rectangular shape, stapled the cardboard at the lower corners and then rolled the vinyl down to the top and glued the vinyl to the cardboard.  Now I am happy with the way the cover fits over the sewing machine.

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  • 3 Sarting To Glue Vinyl To Cardboard.jpg
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  • 6 Cover Now Has Rectangular Shape.jpg
  • 7 Sewing Machine.jpg
  • 8 Cover On Machine.jpg
  • 9 Cover On Machine.jpg
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Posted March 30, 2017 - 02:22 PM

Very nice cover! Fitting for the machine that made it!


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Posted March 30, 2017 - 04:37 PM

Very nice cover! Fitting for the machine that made it!

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Great idea with the light! Looks like it's pointed right where you need it too.
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Posted March 31, 2017 - 08:04 PM

Inspiring work, :thumbs:  and Great lessons :thumbs: Thanks for sharing!  :thumbs:

 

 

I sometimes run the machine No power to control it, the weak budget servo...


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Posted April 01, 2017 - 07:22 AM

 

Inspiring work, :thumbs:  and Great lessons :thumbs: Thanks for sharing!  :thumbs:

 

 

I sometimes run the machine No power to control it, the weak budget servo...

 

I turn the wheel by hand as well when I am coming to a corner or getting to the end of a stitch.  The servo motor cost almost as much as what I paid for the machine so I didn't mind spending the money on the new motor.


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Posted April 01, 2017 - 08:31 AM

With the quality of your Craft, attention to detail and doubtless incoming orders..definitely Worth it! I see variety in servo pricing, but like other things...You get what you pay for. (usually). Savings on electric bill and lack of extra noise, kinda make it a 'No Brainer"!

 

Keep up the good Work! :worshippy1:


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