Make a Sewing Machine Mat from a Tea Towel

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MeganCooney Megan Cooney, Editorial Intern
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This simple mat does more than protect your worktable.
The padded and quilted towel also has tape measure edges for checking your hems and seams, plus secreted magnets to corral your sewing pins while you work.
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This simple mat does more than protect your worktable.

This simple mat does more than protect your worktable.

Step 5

Lay one measuring tape 1⁄4 inch (5 mm) from the bottom and 3⁄4 inch (2 cm) from the left edges. Cut the other end 3⁄4 inch (2 cm) from the right edge. With colored thread on the top of the machine and white thread in the bobbin, stitch the measuring tape in place 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) from the top and bottom edges of the tape all the way around (stopping short of the metal end, if the tape has one).

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Repeat with the other measuring tape along the opposite long edge.

Step 6

Thread the top of the sewing machine with colored thread to match the stripe on your tea towel. With white thread still in the bobbin, sew vertical lines using a small zigzag stitch 1-3⁄8 inches (3.5 cm) apart between the two measuring tapes. Test your stitch length on a fabric scrap until the zigzag measures 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) wide.

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Repeat with the other measuring tape along the opposite long edge.

Types of Stitches You'll Need

Topstitching (B)

A line of straight machine stitching worked on the right side of the fabric, parallel to seams and edges. It can be used as a decorative and a functional stitch, providing extra strength to a hem or seam.

Zigzag (C)

Used along raw edges to help reduce fraying. Zigzag stitches can also be used decoratively or to strengthen pressure or stress points. You can alter the length of the stitches and how close together they are. When changing from straight stitch to zigzag (or vice versa) without breaking your stitching, always adjust your stitch function with the foot down (to hold your fabric in position) and the needle up.

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