+ How to de-pill your clothing

One of my most frustrating things that I encounter in the thrifting/refashioning/and clothing in general world is pilling. Pilling is the balling up of fibers on your clothing. Aka, these black jeggings and sweater vest. Just to make a point, I wore them both the same day and shaved my entire outfit. Yes, shaved! Just borrowed the razor from the shower and some masking tape I had laying around and went at it. Or you could go buy a lint shaver from the store, but I find this to much more successful since I have done both. Just make sure to do it slowly so you don’t accidentally slice a hole in your clothing. I have done that before, sadly.
1. Wash
2. Shave
3. Use a lint roller or tape to pick up the pilling

 

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  1. My friend and I were just talking about doing this! We were trying to explain it to a friend, but when she tried it she cut a hole up the side of her favorite cardigan – sad day!

    xx Ashleigh
    http://www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

    • Yes, that happened to me too with one of my floral knit tops that adored. Luckily I cut it right under the armpit. You must be very slow and gentle. I did it while I was wearing it and I found it easier. When I had it flat on the table, that is when I cut it. I’m not sure why that helps, but it does. Hopefully she will have better success next time!

  2. this is so genius. i have one of those ridiculous sweater shavers but i find it doesn’t really “work”. i’m going to try this!

  3. These tricks are a life saver! Great tutorial, thanks for sharring.

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  4. i must do this. seriously i hate when this happens.
    you are a genius!

    K

  5. Oh I do this too! I buy cheap razors to use for this though, b/c once I’ve shaved a sweater, the razor is useless on my legs. Great use for the dollar store razors though!

  6. oh. my. gosh. i wish i had known this years ago before i threw my clothes out because of those little balls. you are a lifesaver!

  7. I have also used my husbands electric razor, it looks like I’m shearing a sheep.

  8. Be glad you shaved it! Most lint shavers I’ve used ended up cutting holes in my clothes, despite how lightly I pressed.

  9. o! what a good idea! who knew? thanks!

  10. Great idea! Off I go to save (make that shave!) some old clothes of mine!:D

    Great post dear!
    best, zia
    http://tisallaboutthefashion.blogspot.in/

  11. This is amazing!

  12. i needed this!

  13. Thanks for the tip! The after pics look a million times better!

  14. I remember when I first saw this on Anthea Turner’s “Perfect Housewife” show, it was just the solution I’d been looking for. I’ve used it a lot and it always works like charm, you just have to be careful.

  15. Oh… THANK YOU!! I needed this! Thanks. :)

  16. Brilliant! My mind is blown!

  17. Genious!!

  18. Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    the lowercase h

  19. This is great! I have a bunch of leggings I want to bust out soon for Spring and I’m sure a bunch of them are like this.
    Jillian – http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

  20. This is going to come in handy , great advice .

    xo Meg<3

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

  21. I just found your blog and literally read the whole thing!! I’m a Mormon too and I can never find many cute modest outfits here in Australia so you have totally inspired me to try making some of my own clothes! What would you suggest I start with? Is a dress too adventurous?
    Ellen xx

  22. This is a great tip! Thanks for sharing. (:

    xx
    http://www.naturally-christina.blogspot.com

  23. What?! Serious?!

  24. Wow. So awesome! I can’t wait to de-pill everything in my closet!

  25. Well done! I have a de-piller that is actually a pumas stone. I picked it up at the local fabric store when I worked there…. but it’s from http://www.sweaterstone.com and it works wonderfully also! The nice thing there is that you don’t have to worry about cutting a hole. I do like your idea though! Now that I think of it… you could just use a pumas stone that you would use on your feet. ‘Cept I think I would use it just for de-pilling! LoL…

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  27. genius, i’ll try (:

  28. Oh I so needed this. I have a lovely J.Crew gold weave sweater but it unfortunately has pilled like no other since I wear it so often. I’m so excited that I’ll be able to wear it again!!! You’re a sweater saver. xx

    Allie @ callmesassafras.wordpress.com

  29. HA I usually just sit there and pick off the pills and it takes forever and doesn’t really work! Thanks for this.

    -hanalei @ foggydress.wordpress.com

  30. great idea, thanks for sharing! I have a newly thrifted coat that is perfect except for some weird pilling <3

  31. Thanks alot for sharing. I de-pilled a sweater dress I haven’t been wearing for a while because of the pilling today and wrote about it on my blog. I put a link to this blog post, I hope that’s cool. You can look at the post here:
    http://bastelbazooka.blogspot.de/2013/03/spring-shaving.html

  32. this is so great. I feel a little silly for not thinking of that before. I just used it on a bunch of my workout pants. So brilliant.

  33. Thanks for the tip. I’ve done this in the past but I had since forgotten about it.

  34. Great tip, worked like a charm. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Interesting. Never knew there was a solution to that problem. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Thank U Winter!! :) That is the coolest thing! I have lots of razors…

  40. REMOVING PILLS FROM FABRIC WITHOUT DAMAGING THREADS/ YARNS:
    MUCH SAFER THAN USING SHAVERS AND JUST AS FAST:
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    I have taught clothing & textiles classes for many years and I AVOID ALL SHAVERS, whether a hand shaver with 1 or more blades or the battery operated rotary blades. They ALL have CUT threads/ yarns in my clothing, even when being careful (and then I have to “catch” and mend EVERY yarn/ thread cut or a hole will enlarge with wearing/ washing) .

    The item I recommend is the:
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    Oak Hill HAS NO KNOWLEDGE THAT I AM POSTING OR RECOMMENDING THEIR “COMB”. It is simply a great product & I can’t keep it a secret.

    You can buy it from MANY PLACES such as Wal-Mart, Joann’s Fabrics, AC Moore, etc. I usually pay under $3 or $4 (regular price). I have even had a “race” with the battery shavers and the fabric comb can de-pill an area as quickly as the shaver and much safer. The “comb” cannot cut the fibers unless they were already weak, thinned out and READY to break from anything rubbing against it.

    The “comb” is like a piece of textured, rough metal window screen grid wrapped over an edge & held in a plastic handle. Small but effective! I always keep several around. They do DULL their roughness over time and need to be replaced – but very inexpensive. I wish I had an investment in that company due to the many people I have recommended the comb or given away as gifts/ hostess gifts.

    Weird: but it works best with one hand holding fabric comb & brushing or scraping away with fabric placed over my rounded thigh, not flat on a table.
    Caution: felt is a non-woven fabric and care needs to be taken not to scrape the pills off too hard and take off too many fibers where fabric may already be starting to thin – as in decorative appliqués sewn in “abrasive areas” (i.e. front of top).

    Several years ago, in 2008, I wanted to give them as “favors” at my daughter’s wedding. For some unusual reason, I had a hard time finding them for a period of time at any price in stores or internet (After 6 mo. / 1 yr. they came back in stores and are again carried regularly). I contacted the manufacturer and was excited/ pleased that I could buy them in a bulk box – but had to buy a minimum of “a gross” [=144 items (a dozen dozen)].
    No problem, and FOR A SMALL ADDITIONAL CHARGE they printed and applied very attractive gold labels with the new couple’s names and wedding date (2 lines).
    D-Fuzz-It Sweater and Fabric Comb in Tortoise with Goldtone was my pick. The comb came inside a very informational plastic sleeve. WHAT A SUCCESS AND HIT WITH ALL! I ordered enough for the wedding guests and to give away in future years.
    A Google search will show numerous pictures and purchase options. I prefer this brand & it is inexpensive. I have NOT tried the “stone” which some posts have mentioned and I’ll look forward to trying it sometime.

    Further textile fiber note: the synthetic, man made fibers are stronger than natural fibers. The repeated rubbing/ abrasion against the fabric produces the pills mainly due to the stronger fibers “hanging on”. That is why I usually buy only 100% cotton sweaters and AVOID the 100% man made fibers or blends (ie. acrylic, polyester) The weaker, natural fibers – especially 100% cotton don’t pill because the fibers slough off (cotton, wool, ramie, flax/linen, rabbit). However, some wool and rabbit yarns can pill a lot but those pills come off much easier.

    I keep a fabric comb handy in my closet or desk at work, to quickly take off pills from the sides of my slacks in the thigh area on fabric of 100% polyester or blends. A quick task and sometimes 100% cotton is not available in dressier clothing. Be careful not to “snag” threads on more fragile or more loosely woven fabric. If you do snag, buy the small, inexpensive latch hook often called a “knit picker” to quickly pull thread to back side (inside) of garment.

    I hope this helps a lot.

  41. Wooohooo!! I thought my pants were ruined–not anymore!! Shaving them worked great, even though I felt CRAZY shaving over my pants! =)

    Thank you!!

  42. Thanks for sharing this.

    Totally agreed with Suzie, a good old D-Fuzz it is always a way to go :)

    • Yes Jamil- you read the posting- and with the fabric comb you don’t have to be concerned mending holes made/ left from the blade of a hand or battery “shaver”.

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  46. can you do this on swimsuits?

  47. DARLEEN says:

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