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Vickers M4000 microscope cosy

Another day, another microscope dust cover. This one is for a Vickers M4000 universal microscope.  Do you like the Vickers logo? It took me minutes to do that!

Instead of microfibre cloth I have used heavy polyester this time around, The kind used to make suits and trousers, it is fairly impermeable to dirt and much easier to work with than microfibre towels. The M4000 is very large so my sewing machine would probably have blown up if I had used microfibre towels. 

I still have several more dust covers to make but I want to play with my very wonderful M4000 right now.

M4000 dust cover

M4000 dust cover

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Another day, another microscope cosy…

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This time the microscope cosy is for me. It’s a little simpler than the last one but not much. It’s cotton lined with lint free microfibre cloth. It takes ages to do because I have to overlock every seam. If I didn’t overlock each seam the microfibre cloth might fray and produce fluff and the last thing I need is a fuzzy microscope.

I chose orange bias binding to contrast with the teal cloth and stitched on a Nikon patch which cost me three quid on eBay.

Very simple and rather smart. I’m rather chuffed with it.

The finished microscope dust cover

I have finished the microscope dust cover, or microscope cosy as I like to call it.

Here are some pictures of it being modelled on my Nikon S. It looks a little large because it was made for a taller  trinocular AO Scope not the Nikon.

I’m rather pleased with it although I did too much fancy stitching which took a lot of time. In future I shall make rather less elaborate microscope cosies.

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Inside of microscope cosy (microfibre cloth)
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Microscope cosy

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My friend in America once joked that as my hobbies include microscopy and quilting I should make some microscope cosies, also known as dust covers. This my first attempt, I have attached my appliqué shapes using Bondaweb and tomorrow I shall sew them on.
This will be the front. I shall probably appliqué “Amscope” on the other side for that is the make of my friend’s microscope.
After I have attached the sides to the top I shall line the microscope cosy with lint free microfibre cloth because cotton isn’t soft enought for optical equipment.
Looking good so far don’t you think?

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