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Simple Brother 1034d Serger Cover Sewing Tutorial

How to sew a cover for your Brother 1034d serger! Simple sewing tutorial with photo instructions to sew a dust cover for your serger.

We had hardwood floors installed in our new house and the dust and debris it left in our basement (where my sewing room is) was unreal. I quickly made a serger cover to keep it clean and then tweaked the pattern and tutorial to make my Mom one for her birthday! This tutorial is really simple; you could customize it with applique, embroidery, patchwork, really anything. My Mom picked out the fabrics so I decided to keep it plain and let them shine.

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Brother Serger Cover Tutorial

I absolutely love my Brother 1034d serger* – I use it for all my knit projects (which is pretty much everything my son and I wear) and for finishing seams on woven projects that will take a lot of abuse, like curtains, beanbags, etc. Embarrassingly, I bought it when I very first started sewing – my first project was a bunch of cotton wipes for cloth diapering and I was immediately a fan. It’s been used heavily for the past two+ years and I’ve had zero issues. People moan about threading it, but it really isn’t bad once you do it a few times! I highly recommend it.

Serger Cover Sewing DIY



The entire project is sewn with a 3/8″ seam allowance.


1. Draw out your side piece pattern. You can create an actual pattern piece or simply measure and cut; I measured and cut with my rotary cutter and quilt rulers so I drew a little mock-up of the shape with the measurements. Cut 4 of the shaped sides, mirrored so one is reversed – 2 of fusible fleece, 2 of nice fabric. Cut 2 long rectangles, 1 of fusible fleece, 1 of nice fabric, measuring 15″ by 34″. Press to fuse the fleece to the back of each nice fabric piece.

If you’re doing any embellishing, now is the time! On my version I put a handle – it was about 16″ up from the front hem of the rectangle. I don’t actually use it very often so I didn’t include it in this tutorial/my Mom’s.


2. Lay the two pattern pieces right sides together (RST), with the straight edges aligning. You’re going to start sewing the longest (13″) side first, pivoting around so the rectangle goes along the entire side.


3. To make a nice sharp corner, stop with your needle down, 3/8″ from the edge of the corner. Pull up your presser foot with the needle still down.

step 4

4. Pivot the pieces around, keeping them RST. You may need to use a seam ripper or pen to smooth out the fabric underneath – any excess can be pulled towards the left/back so you have a smooth line to continue sewing with the 3/8″ seam allowance, Continue all the way around, pivoting at each corner.

Step 5

5. Lay the second side piece RST and repeat, sewing the longer 13″ side, up, and around. Trim any unevenness around the bottom where the panels meet. Press all seams open.

Step 6

6. Trim down the seam allowance and clip each corner so they poke out better, making sure not to clip through the stitching.

7. Turn the bottom raw edge up 1/2″ all the way around, press. Stitch to hem, press. You’re done!

How to sew a cover for your Brother 1034d serger! Simple sewing tutorial with photo instructions to sew a dust cover for your serger.



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  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I have a tutorial for a sewing machine cover that is similar, but now I don’t have to figure out the measurements! I just got the serger. The first one didn’t work. Now I need to check my replacement and make sure it works. But I’m scared of the thing! πŸ™‚

  2. Just made this tonight, but mine is really big for some reason. I also had trouble pivoting thE sides around. Any ideas? Thanks!.,

  3. i bought one but what makes a serger better than a basic machine? I don’t remember , it’s been so long since I bought it & used it to sew a few seams ?

    1. Hi Christine! I think a serger is better for certain things; basically it leaves a really stretchy, tight seam especially on knits – and it looks professional since it cuts the side off right along the thread. It is also super fast, which I love! Sergerpepper.com is a great resource for serger issues. Let me know if that answers your question well enough πŸ™‚

  4. I just ordered a 1034D serger from Amazon for my first serger. I’m glad you love using it. Your cover will be one of the first things I make! Thanks!

  5. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made one tonight in less than an hour, and now my 16 yard old machine is out-of-sight from my 2yo!!! What she can’t see, she doesnt touch, and this did the trick to keep my spools from disappearing! Plus it used up some remnants I’ve been sitting on for a couple years. Out-of-pocket was zero (the best kind of project!)

  6. Thank you so much Stephanie. This is probably the easiest pattern ever. I used my serger. I made two, the first I quilted and that took the longest. The 2nd I just picked fun prints and serged it together. I have been snowed in for 2 days and had to keep busy. I did not have fusible fleece so I just used a heavier fusible interfacing. Stands up like a soldier.

  7. Hi there Stephanie I have been looking for 1034D Serger Pattern would it be OK too ask you if this has a PDF that I could download for free from you I would be most grateful. I have also signed up for your free newsletter brilliant website.

  8. Wow!! Thank you so much Stephanie!! Loved the cover – now I will make one and share a pic with you soon…. my serger will sure smile with!!

  9. I’m pretty sure the answer is yes, but before I go cutting fabric for this, is the 3/8″ seam allowance included in your template measurements?

    Hurray for new machines and first projects! I’ve finally picked up a serger after wanting one for years!

  10. […] First up is the only woven headband I sewed, with a super fast tutorial and pattern piece from Alice and Lois. This is also a great way to use up FOE (fold-over-elastic) scraps if you have them. I skipped the top-stitching because I’m lazy. I think this would be a pretty blank canvas for embroidery or applique as well. This used up a weird shaped scrap from my Serger Cover Tutorial. […]

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