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I ran across this problem on the Facebooks and I read all the comments and I still can't figure out why multiple shirts from multiple different people would be getting holes in the same spot.

My FB friend Elise, an RN in Rochester, posted this...

Random Question: I have many shirts in my closet that develop small tiny holes in the front of the shirt right where you buckle your pants . It doesn’t seem to matter if the shirts are hung up, or folded in a drawer. They are not necessarily shirts I wear super frequently and are just getting wore out. I keep telling Brent (husband) we have a mysterious moth in my closet. He seems to think it’s from a belt...which I don’t wear. ‍♀️ Any thoughts? These are some pictures below.

More Hole-y Pictures

If it was just her shirts, I'd think for sure she had a pair of pants with something sharp there, but since she doesn't wear a belt and doesn't tuck 'em in, what could it be?

I reached out to several different t-shirt manufacturers, and no one could answer (or would answer?).So I went searching the internet machine and found this was published earlier this year from Alison Gary on wardrobeoxygen.com.

The most popular reason I have found for why we get such pinholes in our t-shirts is friction. The pinholes are usually caused by friction against the metal hardware on jeans. Your button, but also the rivets, zipper, and the tough knots of thread around the fly can wear against knit t-shirts. Add working at a counter, a heavy crossbody bag, or your seatbelt and they appear even more quickly (more friction plus body heat). Mix in trendy tissue-weight, slub, or lower quality knits. These have all become more popular in recent years because even quality retailers have been choosing lower-quality cotton and jersey to keep prices competitive with the popularity of fast fashion.

Huh...seat belts. Sure, it wouldn't need to be the seat-belt buckle. The edge of the belt isn't exactly tender to your skin. She has other ideas, but I think that;s the only one common to everyone.

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Getty Images - Seat-belts, ruining women's clothing since 1957.

How about solutions?

Gary says Stitch Witchery is great, and so is a needle and thread. But before any of that, she says if you see a hole, don't wash it! That'll just make the hole bigger. Complete directions, with links, for fixing the little holes in your shirts are here.

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