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« on: November 18, 2006 10:34:32 PM »

I hope this is in the right place, I'm a newbie so forgive me! Well I'm having a problem with pilling on certain fabrics I've used in the past, as well as clothes I've bought (which were acrylic/polyester blends).  I've been told that there are shavers or something for fabric that will remove it, so where can I find one of these?? And for the future is there some way to keep my clothes from pilling as badly?
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2006 10:41:58 PM »

i don't have the answers to all your problems
but just a hint:
don't layer too heavily with those materials,
as in try to make it as frictionless as possible.
i wore a silk shirt with a backpack, and by the end of the day the back was pilling really bad.

so just an extra dose of common sense i think ;]
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2006 02:29:02 AM »

I did a search for "lint" and "shaver", also "pilling" and "shaver" and lots of places that sell them came up.

I don't know whether any of them are near you, so it might be best if you do the search yourself. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2006 09:09:11 AM »

Fabric shavers can be found at places like Target.

To avoid pilling:
line dry instead of machine dry
turn garment inside out when washing
avoid polyester

From http://www.mrsstewart.com/pages/hwgpages/hwgspecial.htm:
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Pilling occurs when groups of short or broken fibers on the surface of the fabric become tangled together in a tiny ball - a pill. Pilling results from rubbing or abrasion of the fabric during normal wear and use. Pilling is particularly prevalent with polyester and polyester blends.

To prevent pilling:

    * Before laundering, turn the garment inside out.
    * Use a slower agitation and a shorter wash cycle.
    * Use a liquid detergent or allow powdered detergent to dissolve completely before adding garments.
    * Remove from the dryer as soon as it is dry.

To remove pills, use a battery operated pill remover, which shaves the pills from the surface of the garment. Or, pull the fabric taut over a curved surface and carefully cut off the pill with scissors or shave the fabric surface with a safety razor.
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