Sewing and Embroidery Cleaning Hacks


These clever tips will help you keep your sewing and embroidery equipment clean for trouble-free fun! Keeping your sewing and embroidery space and equipment clean is good practice. These quick and easy tips will help!

Machine Cleaners


Lint buildup in your bobbin area can lead to stitching problems. I like to use a soft makeup brush to clean out my machine.

Facebook follower Pam Andrews Rollins uses a clean mascara wand brush. Everything sticks to it and wipes off easily without leaving anything behind.

Lint Roller


My Steady Betty pressing mat gets a lot of little threads on it. I use my little lint roller to pick up threads and it cleans it right up.

Follower Dawn Johnson uses her lint roller to clean her ironing board, her floor, and it is great for cleaning the mats for her cutting machine.

GlitterFlex Carrier

Red GlitterFlex HTV at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Once you remove the protective carrier from GlitterFlex, the semi-sticky side can be used to pick up lint and threads too.

Sticky Hoops


If you have goo on your hoop, spray a liberal amount of WD-40 on it, let it sit for 30 minutes, and go do something else. When you come back, it wipes off really easy.


Debbie Henry likes to use non-acetone nail polish remover on a cotton ball. It wipes residue from adhesives right off of the hoop.

What cleaning tips do you have?

May your day be filled with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!

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  • Bonnie Welsh - February 06, 2020

    Cindy—Great idea! I’ll have to check it out as I do like the smell of citrus. =)

  • Cindy - February 05, 2020

    My daughter got me onto “Pure Citrus” spray for my hoops. Bought it at Home Depot. It’s a great adhesive remover & smells good!

  • Bonnie Welsh - January 29, 2020

    Sharon, So sweet of you to say—thanks! We do a weekly blog here. Some are projects, some are tips, but it’s a way to stay accessible for you. I’d love to do it all, but I’ve got to find more time. I might figure out a compromise in the future for more videos. =)

  • Sharon Brennan - January 29, 2020

    Bonnie, I love these tips! I hope this is “only” the beginning of you getting more active, like you used to be with the “Tuesday Tips” … we all learned from watching your expertise and ideas!

  • Bonnie Welsh - January 29, 2020

    Barbara—Yes, I’ve heard of using pipe cleaners for the bobbin area. Great tip! =)

  • Barbara Lee - January 28, 2020

    Hi Bonnie, My Machine Technician told me to clean out the bobbin area using Pipe Cleaners. They don’t harm any working parts and pick up all the fluff. You can get into all the small areas with them. cheers, Barbara

  • Bonnie Welsh - January 28, 2020

    Beverly—Do you take the screws out? My only concern would be the metal parts rusting over time.

  • Beverly Van Nortwick - January 28, 2020

    To clean my hoops I soak in the sink with dawn dish soap over night.
    They look like brand new the next day.

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