Fall officially begins next week, September 23rd this year, and there have already been a few cool mornings. Just a few days ago, I woke up to 40 degree weather! So, what does this mean? We are in sweater season! Since we are getting ready to kick the season into high gear, I thought that I would write about caring for your sweaters.
For years now, I have taken special care of all of my sweaters, to the point that I have been able to reuse my sweaters season after season. As a matter of fact, I have three sweaters in particular that I purchased at Macy’s in 2008, and they still look amazing to this day. Today, I am going to teach you what I do. You will not need to spend a lot of money, and you will not need to do much work. That is good news, when you think about how expensive sweaters can be sometimes. Let’s get started.
1. Pumice Stone: The first thing you need to buy is a pumice stone. I recommend spending money on your pumice stone. Normally, they are quite inexpensive, but if you spend around $5 or more, you are probably getting a good quality one. I also recommend for you to buy one with two sides to it, one smooth, and one slightly rougher, if possible. If you buy a cheap one, you will know it because they tend to crumble, and a cheap pumice stone will not help you when it comes to caring for your sweaters.
Why do I recommend a pumice stone? A pumice stone is a porous volcanic rock that derives from lava and tends to have rough edges around the pores but is gentle enough that it can be used on places like our feet. For this reason I find pumice stones to be very effective on sweaters. As we all know, sweaters have a tendency to pill on you. You can probably vouch for this because you have probably noticed that little balls of lint will start to form on your sweaters, usually after the first wash or over time with frequent use. The spots I notice the balls forming the most is around the armpit area, and high up on the front of the sweater, where our arms usually rub up against.
We will use the pumice stone to clean off these balls, but because you are dealing with fabric and not rough feet, you need to be very careful how you do this or you can thin out the fabric too much and damage it. I find good quality pumice stones to be more delicate with this (if handled properly), and gives a closer “shave” if you will. I found my pumice stone at my local Wal-Mart, but it has been many years. I found another on Amazon that looked pretty smooth to me here. There is also the “Sweater Stone” but it is literally a fancy name for a pumice stone.
Depending on the fabric, I normally use the smoother side of the pumice stone to start. I lightly pass the pumice stone over the fabric. Lightly, please!! That is important. This is a way of testing your fabric. However, if you are rough…well…in the end, you do this at your own risk (see disclaimer), but you should have a light hand! You will start to notice that the little balls of lint will start to detach and collect where you lift the pumice stone after swiping. Do this where you see pilling. After you are done, your sweater should look good as new!
2. Thread Clippers: Warning! These are quite sharp, but the tips are very thin, and allows for more precision. You have to be delicate while doing this, but this allows for a close cut without damaging the fabric.
I only use this if the fabric is a bit stubborn, very delicate, and if I find that the pumice stone isn’t doing the trick. I notice pilling a lot on knitted sweaters, and if you have dealt with a loosely knitted sweater, it isn’t as simple as passing a pumice stone over it. They are much more delicate, so therefore, I take my thread clippers and identify where the balls have formed and carefully remove.
3. Loop Trough: This isn’t really a tool, this is more or less a method. If you have loose knit sweaters, or somewhat loose knit, and let’s say your sweater gets caught on a hanger, the loops in the sweater will have been pulled and sometimes it is hard to get the loop to look normal again. Usually, the rest of the sweater looks great except for where the pull happened. So, what I do to my sweaters if this happens is I take a tweezer, or even use my own fingers to softly push the loop through until I am able to grab it from the inside of the sweater. All I do is tug on it lightly, and when you look at the outside of the sweater, it should look like it is back to normal.
Your sweaters should look good as new now!
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