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4 Care and Cleaning Guides for Machine Embroidered Products


At Stitched From The Heart Creations, we take great pride in creating machine embroidered products of exceptional quality. To ensure that your cherished items maintain their beauty and longevity, proper care and washing techniques are essential. In this article, we will provide you with comprehensive guidelines on how to properly wash and care for your machine embroidered products, whether through machine washing or hand washing. By following these instructions, you can preserve the vibrant colors and intricate details of your embroidered treasures.

Embroidered Products Machine Washing Guidelines

  1. Sorting: Separate embroidered items from heavily soiled or abrasive fabrics to avoid potential snagging or damage.
  2. Gentle Cycle: Set your washing machine to the delicate or gentle cycle to minimize agitation and reduce the risk of fraying or loosening threads.
  3. Temperature: Use cold water or follow the care instructions on the product label. Hot water can cause shrinkage and fading.
  4. Mild Detergent: Opt for a mild, pH-neutral detergent specifically designed for delicate fabrics. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals that can degrade the embroidery.
  5. Mesh Laundry Bag: Place the embroidered item inside a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase to protect it from rubbing against other garments during the wash cycle.
  6. Avoid Overloading: Do not overload the washing machine to allow enough space for the item to move freely.
  7. Spin Cycle: Use a low or delicate spin cycle to minimize stress on the embroidery.
  8. Air Drying: After the wash cycle is complete, remove the item promptly and lay it flat or hang it to air dry. Avoid using a dryer, as the heat can shrink or distort the fabric and threads.

Embroidered Products Hand Washing Guidelines

For more delicate machine embroidered products or items with intricate details, hand washing is the recommended method. Hand washing allows for greater control and reduces the risk of damage. Follow these steps to hand wash your Stitched From The Heart Creations embroidered products:

  1. Pre-treatment: Treat any stains or spots with a gentle stain remover or mild detergent before washing.
  2. Water Temperature: Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it can cause shrinkage or color fading.
  3. Mild Detergent: Add a small amount of mild detergent specifically formulated for delicate fabrics. Gently agitate the water to create suds.
  4. Soak: Place the embroidered item into the soapy water and let it soak for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Avoid excessive rubbing or wringing.
  5. Rinse: Drain the soapy water and refill the basin with clean, lukewarm water. Rinse the item thoroughly until all detergent residue is removed.
  6. Squeeze Out Excess Water: Gently squeeze the item without wringing or twisting to remove excess water. Avoid applying too much pressure to the embroidery.
  7. Absorbent Towel: Lay a clean, absorbent towel on a flat surface and place the item on top. Roll up the towel to absorb moisture.
  8. Air Drying: After the excess water is absorbed, reshape the item and lay it flat or hang it to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight.

Embroidered Products General Care Tips

In addition to specific washing instructions, consider the following general care tips to prolong the life of your machine embroidered products:

  1. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause fading or discoloration of the embroidery. Store or display your embroidered items away from direct sunlight.
  2. Ironing: If ironing is required, turn the embroidered item inside out and use a low heat setting. Avoid placing the iron directly on the embroidery.
  3. Storage: Store your machine embroidered products in a clean, dry place. Avoid storing them in plastic bags or containers, as they can trap moisture.
  4. Spot Cleaning: Attend to spills or stains promptly by spot cleaning with a mild detergent or stain remover. Test on a small, inconspicuous area first.

Important Considerations and Caveats for Washing Machine Embroidered “Stitched From The Heart Creations” Products

  1. Embroidery on Delicate Fabrics: If your machine embroidered product is made from a delicate fabric such as silk or lace, it is recommended to consult a professional cleaner experienced in handling delicate fabrics. They can provide expert advice and ensure proper care for your embroidered item.
  2. Test for Colorfastness: Before washing your machine embroidered product, especially if it contains multiple colors or vibrant threads, it’s advisable to test for colorfastness. Dampen a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric and blot it with a clean white cloth. If any color transfers to the cloth, avoid washing the item and consider seeking professional cleaning assistance.
  3. Embroidered Accessories and Embellishments: Some machine embroidered products may have additional accessories or embellishments such as sequins, beads, or rhinestones. Take extra care when washing these items as the embellishments may be delicate or require special attention. Consider hand washing or placing them in a protective mesh bag to prevent damage.
  4. Aging and Fragile Embroidery: Over time, machine embroidered products may become more delicate and fragile, especially if they are heirlooms or vintage pieces. Exercise extra caution when washing such items, and consider consulting a professional conservator or textile expert for guidance on proper care and restoration.
  5. Machine Embroidered Home Decor Items: Machine embroidered home decor items, such as pillows or tablecloths, may require different care instructions than wearable items. Check the product label or consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific instructions on washing these items. Some home decor pieces may be spot-clean only or require specialized cleaning methods.
  6. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: When washing machine embroidered products, avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or fabric softeners. These substances can damage the embroidery threads and fabric. Stick to mild detergents specifically formulated for delicate fabrics to ensure gentle yet effective cleaning.
  7. Handling Wet Embroidered Items: Wet machine embroidered items can be more prone to damage, as the weight of the water can strain the fabric and embroidery. Handle wet embroidered products with care, supporting the weight evenly to prevent stretching or distortion. Avoid wringing or twisting the item, as this can cause the embroidery to lose its shape or become misaligned.
  8. Drying Time: Allow machine embroidered products to dry completely before storing or using them again. Moisture trapped in the fabric can lead to mold or mildew growth, which can ruin the embroidery. Ensure adequate air circulation during drying to expedite the process and prevent moisture buildup.
  9. Professional Cleaning: If you are uncertain about washing your machine embroidered product or if it has intricate or delicate embroidery, it is advisable to seek professional cleaning services. Professional cleaners with experience in handling delicate fabrics and embroideries can ensure the safest and most effective cleaning methods for your cherished items.
  10. Bleach Usage: Avoid using bleach on machine embroidered products. Bleach is a harsh chemical that can weaken and degrade embroidery threads, leading to discoloration or breakage. If your embroidered item requires stain removal, opt for mild stain removers or consult a professional cleaner experienced in handling delicate fabrics and embroideries. Always follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure the longevity of your machine embroidered products.  NOTE: By considering this important caveat, you can protect the integrity and vibrant appearance of your machine embroidered items while avoiding potential damage caused by bleach.
  11. Placing embroidered products inside a pillowcase can provide an additional layer of protection during machine washing. The pillowcase acts as a barrier between the embroidered item and the agitator or other garments in the washing machine, reducing the risk of snagging or friction that could potentially damage the embroidery. It helps to prevent the embroidery threads from getting tangled or pulled during the wash cycle.

    When using a pillowcase for this purpose, ensure that the pillowcase is clean and does not contain any residue or dirt that could transfer onto the embroidered item. Also, avoid overloading the washing machine to allow enough space for the item to move freely within the pillowcase. By taking these precautions, you can help safeguard your embroidered products while machine washing them.


Remember, every machine embroidered product is unique, so by following these additional considerations and caveats, you can help maintain the beauty and longevity of your machine embroidered products for years to come.



Proper washing and care are vital for maintaining the beauty and integrity of your Stitched From The Heart Creations machine embroidered products. Whether you choose machine washing or hand washing, following these guidelines will help preserve the vibrant colors and intricate details of your cherished items. By treating them with care and using mild detergents, suitable water temperatures, and gentle handling techniques, you can enjoy your machine embroidered products for years to come, keeping them in excellent condition and preserving their sentimental value.

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