Decorative Cleaning Gloves

Feb 15, 2023

Have you ever heard the saying, “A clean house is a sign of a broken sewing machine”? I always laugh when I see it, even though no mater what I still have to clean, how about you? However, what if you could clean in style? In today’s blog post I’m going to teach you how to make these adorable cleaning gloves with your serger and a touch of your sewing machine.

Cleaning Gloves Final Product

Hello my Sewing Bees, my name is Sue O’Very-Pruitt owner of Sookie Sews and BERNINA Expert. You can find me on Instagram at @SookieSews, my website, and on my YouTube Channel where I have hundreds of sewing projects, machine sewing patterns, embroidery designs and In-the-hoop projects. Ok, let’s get stitching!

Cleaning gloves add on

Materials and Supplies for the Decorative Cleaning Gloves

Measurements are Width by Height

Steps to Make the Decorative Cleaning Gloves

Set up the serger with a 3-Thread Overlock wide. My tensions were set to 4 for my needle and two loopers.

b64 airlock

b64 airlock

Attach the Gathering foot along with the optional presser foot spring (there is a video you can watch here). Not all makes and models need this, but the bernette b64 does. Not sure, ask your local dealer or refer to your user manual.
gathering footgathering foot partsgathering foot side viewgathering foot and plate

Adjust length and differential feed as high as they will go allowing for the best gathers.

adjustment measures

Place one of the Cuffs with one long edge against the edge of the bed of the machine and gather the material. Repeat for both Cuff pieces.

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Change presser foot back to the standard foot, length to 2-3, differential feed to 1. For one of the Cuffs, place the right side together with the raw edges against the edge of the bed of the machine and stitch together. Repeat on both Cuffs. Press seams towards one side.

cuff stitch togetheriron cuffs

Set serger up for 3-Thread rolled hem. My tensions are based on the card that came with my serger, right needle 5, upper looper 5, lower looper 7. Length 1.5, differential feed 1, and the “R” selector.measurement card for serger
Begin with the presser foot up and slide the raw edge of the Cuff, right side up under the foot.
presser foot along raw edge
Align the raw edge against the edge of the bed of the  machine. Lower foot and serge trying not to cut any material or a very small amount as needed.
raw edge alignment

Continue stitching around the raw edge of the ruffle and when you near the beginning, cut off the original thread tail and cross over the beginning stitch.

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At the end of the stitching, raise the foot and pull the threads off the stitch fingers towards the back. Lower the presser foot and stitch at least 4″.

raised foot and thread pullraised foot and thread pull
Cut the thread tails and use seam sealant to help prevent fraying.

thread cut and seam sealantthread cut and seam sealant

Use wonder clips to apply the right side of the Cuff to the right side of the bottom opening of the gloves. Align the seam of the Cuff with the “side seam” of the glove closest to the thumb.

wonder clips to cuffwonder clip placement

Set sewing machine up with Vinyl size 12 needle, Zigzag foot with non-stick sole, straight stitch with 2.5 length, and matching thread in the top and bottom. Make sure you tell your machine which foot you are using.

With the rubber of the gloves right side closest to the presser foot, sew at a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around and backstitch at the end.

sew at 1/2 seam inch

Once finished stitching clip thread tails and turn seam allowance towards the gloves. Very carefully press only the Cuff. *Avoid pressing the rubber gloves with the tip of the iron.

iron side fabric

You are all finished! Congratulations! These make such a nice home warming gift, craft fair item for sale, or gift for yourself. Now that you’ve sewn today, it’s time to get back to cleaning!

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I hope you enjoyed this easy serger project and enjoy making all of my easy serger projects! When you make yours, please snap a shot and tag me @SookieSews and @BERNINAUSA!!