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Date: 4/16/12 10:08 AM

This is not the first time Iíve noticed this:

I have a cream colored light coat with a line of dirt at the hem folds, wrists and bottom. The soil didnít budge with a presoak and thatís when I realized that it wasnít dirtÖ

It was dark ďdustĒ that had collected on the inside of the hems, caught in the inside fold. I got my finger in there and teased some of it out.

No solution, right? I mean, except for taking down the hems for an occasional wash and re-hemming?


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Date: 4/16/12 10:57 PM

If you really wanted to, I guess you could get out some kind of vacuum cleaner at your house, one that might have a crevice tool kind of attachment to go with it, and then tape a plastic drinking straw if you had one of those, to the end of that, and maybe just slide that in there, through a small space of the hem you had unpicked and try to vac it up. That might be quicker than undoing the whole hem. I probably would just live with it though, as I would figure most people probably would not be looking at my coat hem all that close maybe. And also just that it might even happen again, if I washed it with some other stuff and maybe there was ever any other color clothes lint in my washing machine or dryer even.

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Date: 4/17/12 9:03 AM

I've had this happen with white blouses too. It gets in every "point" of the collar and hem. The kicker is, these seams are machine stitched and I can't figure out how the dark fuzzy floats into these areas. I wash all my whites separately. I have found it's easier to make a new white blouse, than tear out the stitches and clean the fuzzies
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Date: 4/17/12 9:37 AM

Don't you just hate this?! I quit buying light-colored suits because they would come back from the dry cleaner with these lovely shadows in the hems from not-so-fresh cleaning solution. Sleeves looked awful. Aggravating. Obviously not your situation! If yours is washable, you can try pushing the hem against the fold so that it is opened out, and then running water through it forcefully under the faucet. Will move some of the problem. Does nothing for collar points! I like the idea of re-hemming on a rainy afternoon

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Date: 4/17/12 9:48 AM

This problem is caused by lint collected in hems, etc. during the wash cycle. I found it to be a problem when washing white uniforms after every wearing. I used to open the hems a little and pick out the lint with a long tweezer. After awhile you were forced to buy a new set of uniforms. They contained a lot of polyester at the time, even the ones with a cotton combination. Probably not so much of a problem for health care workers now that colored "scrubs" have taken over for a wonderfully non-professional look. (tongue-in-cheek).

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Date: 4/17/12 11:49 AM

I don't like fused hems myself, and in some fabrics they are completely unacceptable, but I'm just throwing this out there -- Would fusing the hem allowance to the garment prevent lint from being able to accumulate?

(Then again, if the fusible web broke down over time it would just compound the problem.)

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Date: 4/17/12 6:04 PM

Nurse Jane, you are right, it is lint. I use to do the tweezer thing too

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Date: 4/17/12 9:33 PM

One of my biggest pet peeves! I love white shirts but detest how the lint gets into the corners of cuffs and collar and BEYOND the topstitching line. I have tried all sorts of crazy things to get this stuff out. If you can you will be just like new but if you can't, well, save the shirt for gardening.

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