Upon unfolding a red cashmere crew-neck sweater a few days ago, I discovered two holes made by moths on the left sleeve. I love this sweater and feel heartsick that it has been ruined by the pesky varmint.
I have researched ways to repair moth holes and learned that the very expensive reweaving process done by professionals is not always satisfactory.
I also found several home repair methods, and may try one that involves finding a matching thread and pulling the sweater threads together on the back side. (Wish me luck finding the correct thread in the right color!)
Fortunately, I believe the red sweater is salvageable for future wear, as the sleeves can be pushed up to hide the damaged area.
|Two moth holes on the right sleeve of the sweater.|
Further inspection of other sweaters revealed that a cream colored cashmere turtleneck likewise has one moth hole at the front neckline just below the turtleneck fold over. This may not be fixable, as the damage is in a very conspicuous location.
It’s odd that two black cashmere sweaters – a v-neck and crew neck – do not have damage. And all these sweaters were stacked one on top of the other.
So I’m wondering: Do moths have a color preference?
I have read all the advice on how the sweaters must be thoroughly cleaned after wearing and before storage. And the unpleasant descriptions of what the moths do, which I won’t bore you with here.
Insofar as using moth repellents, the use of moth balls is not recommended because of their high toxicity. I read about making small fabric sachet bags that can be filled with various herbs and spices such as cedar chips, mint, peppercorns, eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary, cloves, cinnamon sticks, dried lemon peel and lavender buds. I may try to make some of these.
Have you had the experience of your fine sweaters being damaged by moths? Do you use anything in your closets/bureau drawers to prevent these damaging pests from doing damage? Please share any advice you have. Thanks!