I love sweaters, especially vintage ones but one of the quickest ways to sour a sweater look is if that piece has pilling.
The more you wear your favorite sweaters, even well-made, expensive ones, the more you risk one of the stupidest fashion problem ever: pilling.
Pills, those little balls of lint you get on sweaters that usually form in the armpits and down the insides of your arms, are caused by a break in the sweater’s fibers and made worse by friction. There isn’t really any way to prevent them but you can remove them either with a clothing shaver, clothing comb or clothing stone (which not everyone has readily available) or with a sweet DIY trick I like to use.
I have seen some people remove pilling with razors but there is no way I trust a razor anywhere near my vintage sweaters. Using a Velcro Roller is safe and super easy.
Begin by laying your sweater on a flat surface and spread it out flat.
Take a Velcro hair roller (you can pick them up at any drugstore or dollar store if you don’t have one already) and push the roller onto the pilled patch. Use some pressure.
Pull the area taut then slowly roll the roller in an upwards movement while pressing down. The roller will magically grab those little annoying blobs.
Repeat in any other pilled areas.
You’ll have to stop to clean the roller every so often, depending on how bad your pilling situation is but the whole process is pretty quick and simple.
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