Stop The Sweater Fuzzies

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Here’s a tip for all those knits that are gathering up annoying sweater fuzzies. FabSugar recommends The Laundress Sweater Stone, a hard stone which you can stroke along the fuzzing area to remove them. It’s the stuff the dry cleaners use and apparently is better (and less noisy) than those little fabric shavers. Has anyone tried this? Link.

18 thoughts on “Stop The Sweater Fuzzies

  1. Michelle at Scribbit says:

    I’ve had one of these guys since the days of enormous-shouldered padded sweaters in the 80s and they work great for de-fuzzing. But they make this horrible dead-mouse smell while you’re using it (like sulfur from the pumice I suppose) but the smell doesn’t get on the sweater or anything.
    Mine Sweater Stone has lasted twenty years.

  2. britt says:

    I agree they work wonderfully.

  3. Robyn @ says:

    I got one for Christmas from my mother-in-law, but haven’t tried it yet. Somehow, it seems so abrasive, that I’m nervous to try it on something I care about. But I will take y’all’s word for it!

  4. Rosebengal says:

    I too have had one since the 80’s (it came in a green case) and it’s still in great shape. Absolutely never had a problem with it either damaging a sweater or not doing its job. You may want to use it in an easy to clean area (i.e. not on top of your bed. etc.) as it does wear down a bit with each use and leaves little bits of grit around (they don’t stick to your sweaters but when you hold them up to admire the job it had done the bits drop to the floor…). If you are a procrastinator like me and you wait to de-fuzz all your sweaters at once it can be noticeable. This should not be considered a deterrent in any way as the sweater stone is so much better than those little shaving machines.

  5. aimee says:

    I’d just like to point out that you can get one of these bad boys for far cheaper than the one linked to Fabsugar- just google “sweater stone” and you’ll find links for the same item at half the cost.

  6. Gen says:

    Or you can use a $1-2 pumice stone from any drug store. For true!

  7. Julia says:

    oooo…I like the pumice stone tip. I bought a sweater stone a year or so ago and it’s fab for depilling sweaters and other knit goods, especially hand-knit ones made with fuzzy yarns like mohair or angora blends. Haven’t noticed a smell when using mine.

  8. Teresa says:

    I have also found that a cheap toothbrush, the harder the better, works great and doesn’t damage your clothes. Just brush it along the pills at a 45 degree angle and the pills stay in the brush. It’s easier to clean off than the stone.
    Alternately, as consumers, we can vote with our money and choose not to buy crappily made clothing that pills after the first wear and, by doing so, inform the clothing industry that we don’t want wear-a-couple-times-then-toss clothing.

  9. anne says:

    I got one at my LYS a few years ago, and it works great. I recommend, however, doing it on a surface like a flattened cardboard box b/c the little bits of pumice that grind off can be a pain to find on bare feet afterward. If you’re lucky enough to have a warm spell to do it outside, even better.

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