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Are your clothes covered in lint, pills, or stray threads

Some fabrics seem to pill, and others are a magnet to lint, fluff, pet or human hair, and then we have the loose threads and missing buttons that come from nowhere. Here is what works for me.


No one ever wants those ugly little bobbles of fuzz or pills on clothes.

Not all but certain fabrics tend to “pill”, or shed little fuzzies all over themselves. A simple way to clean this fuzz off is with a disposable razor, or you can buy de-pillars in a variety of stores such as dry cleaners and some supermarkets.  

Lint/Fluff removers

This lint roller has a range of uses and is a handy item to have in several locations, home, office and car. You will find rollers at a variety of stores such as Supermarkets, Hardware Stores, K Mart, Dry Cleaners etc. The roller is economical and easy to use, roll over the area and remove used tape and you are ready to go again.

Loose Threads

Do not cut loose threads. You risk the stitching unravelling. I usually snip the culprit as close to the seam as possible.  

If I have a loose thread or a pull in a sweater or other knitted garment, I will push the loose thread through an opening in the knit to the reverse side. This way the loose thread is still there, but it is not visible because it is on the inside of the garment as it is worn.  

If you are rushing out the door and need a quick fix, my miracle worker is clear nail polish. Paint clear nail polish over any loose thread even over buttons as a temporary measure to stop it from unravelling.

Missing Buttons 

Have a mini sewing kit handy – you can buy one that comes with a selection of different coloured threads to cover the basics. It only takes a few minutes to sew on a missing button. I save the extra buttons that come with clothing; that way, I always have a small selection handy when I need it.

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