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This is a bit of an unconventional post but worthwhile anyway, since I moved to my new apartment the 3D printer has been sitting outside on the balcony and as a result getting covered in lots of dust from the highway below. I've decided to bust out my old sewing machine and make a cover for the printer.

Here is the final result:
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The fabric was quite cheap at $3.5/m from a cut offs store. I had the sewing machine already, so all that was needed was to get the pattern right. This is something I improvised on as I went.



I went for the dark blue fabric primarily because it was the only dark colour available at the shop. For its price, I am not complaining and the blue actually works well as a cover. So I started cutting...
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At first I had a much more complex idea for a cover with zips, etc, but went for a simpler one with a slant to accommodate the exhaust and the plastic spool. At this point I wasn't sure what I was going to do on the side that had the spool, so only cut out the other sides and started sewing.
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This is my trusty sewing machine...a Singer 201k, electric.
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Pinning the fabric together...
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...and the first stitch is in place!
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Couple more stitches and the cover is ready for a test fit, seems ok so far.
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More stitches and it's taking shape.
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With all but one side covered now, I had to work out what to do on the spool side of the cover. Originally I was thinking some kind of zip, but decided to go for a simpler approach of having a triangular piece instead.
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With the piece sewed in, it works pretty well.
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Now it was time to hem it. I went with a double stitch hem.
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The complete cover works pretty well and is easy to slip on.
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-i

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