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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These pics of you are so cute! I would have never thought to use velcro hair rollers to fix pilling. Thanks for the awesome tip! Xo
It’s such an easy breezy way to get rid of those pesky little buggers!
So I never buy vintage sweaters because of this reason and I am SHOCKED that it is THIS easy to clean one up! Thank you for sharing such a useful tip!
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So easy and quick!
OMG! What a genius solution!!
Easy breezy and bye bye pilling!
Thats awesome, although razor blade is kind of fast and stress free, but it will be nice to use other safer means. razor has ruined not just my sweater and some other cloths, but it has also ruined one of my finger.
LOL yes a velcro roller will be alot more finger friendly!
That’s a pretty cool trick! I have a fabric shaved and it works so well!
Fabric shavers are great but this trick works when you dont have one handy!
Yaaas! I needed this. Pilling happens so quick on some sweaters, even when I’m gentle on them. Thanks!
Totally! It’s just part of the sweaters DNA lol
This. Is. Genius! Sweaters are my favorite and pilling has always been an issue for me! You rock!
You will love how easy this trick is!
I’ve never heard of this trick before! I will have to try it out!
It’s a sweater-saver!
This post is lifesaving! Seriously! Such an annoying problem and such a simple solution!
It’s so annoying to look down and see them! This will fix it in a jiff!
What a great tip! It’s always a bummer when sweaters start to pill but I will definitely be using this trick!
It’s so easy to solve the problem with this trick!
This is a genius tip! We both know I LOVE vintage sweaters too! Amazing. Thank you.
LOL I swear we are fashion soul mates LOL
This is a very neat and simple trick, thanks for sharing. I usually just start pulling the out one by one ????
LOL this will make it way easier!
This is a fabulous trick. I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Glad you like it!
Ok, this is genius! I’ve been needing to know this all my life. Thank YOU! xoxo
Ha! Such an easy way to get rid of those annoying little pills!