I am a big fan of basting spray when I machine embroider. I make a lot of in-the-hoop designs, so I spray...spray...spray. Consequently, my hoops get gunky with glue residue. That glue then attracts all sorts of fuzz and thread.
When it comes to cleaning my hoops, I learned a nifty trick a long time ago. Yes, there are expensive hoop cleaners out there, but you probably have the best one stored away in your house. WD-40. So here's what you do.
Take your hoop apart and put it in your kitchen sink (or some place flat - on newspaper outside?). It does stink a bit, so I open the window. Spray WD-40 on the hoop and let it sit for about 15 minutes. When the time is up, take an old toothbrush and scrub the residue off. It's a bit gross, so use a paper towel to clean the toothbrush. Scrub a bit more. You might need to repeat the process.
When the residue is gone, wash with a little dish detergent, rinse, and let it dry.
And a few other things - use WD-40 to remove residue from a bumper sticker. It really works. BUT DO NOT use WD-40 to oil your machine. YIKES! Use sewing machine oil and only sewing machine oil.
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