Last week we asked you about cleaning. For some it was a sore subject, others, something that must be done…and then there were those that couldn’t wait to dive in!
The most popular items to get at least a once over annually were…
#3 Rotary Cutter
How often do those studios get a deep cleaning?
Survey says…with an overwhelming 55%…AS NEEDED!
The distant runner ups were:
- A little bit every day
What rewards your cleaning efforts?
- Ice cream with friends
- A job well done
- New quilting books
- Fabric! More Fabric!
- A trip to the quilt shop
- …lots of mention of chocolate!
Here are 25 favorite tips from fellow quilters about how they keep their crafting world clean!
- Just do it!
- Don’t put it down, put it away
- Deep clean after every project
- Don’t wait until something goes wrong to clean your machine
- Pipe cleaners, fine paint brushes, and cotton swabs are all great options for cleaning lint out of hard-to-reach places
- Long tweezers can grab threads brushes can’t pick up
- Run a magnet across the floor to collect stray pins
- Use a dryer sheet to clean the bottom of the iron
- Lint rollers are great for cleaning just about every flat surface in the sewing area!
- Use an ear syringe to blow dust away
- Batting scraps make great dusters!
- Keep a small hand vacuum in the studio so it’s immediately handy
- Replace and sharpen dull cutting equipment as part of cleaning up
- Worried about forgetting where all the little screws and attachments go when cleaning your machine? Take a picture beforehand as a guide!
- Store like things together to avoid wasting time searching for a tool or supplies.
- Cover machines when not in use to keep dust out in the first place
- Keep duplicate cleaning supplies in your sewing area for convenience
- Remove it all from the space it’s in, sort and clean, return only what is still desired
- Use baskets to sort, order and organize while you clean
- Clean under everything… that’s where the dust bunnies live!
- Take sewing machines for yearly servicing
- Organize leftover fabric from projects and neaten your stash to keep track of what you have on hand
- Put on some music, an audiobook, or a radio program for entertainment!
- Clean a bit at a time, not in one massive effort
- Keep used items like needles and rotary blades organized and labeled so they don’t get mixed in with fresh notions