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De-bobbling a woolly jumper

TheCaterpillar posted 9/16/2019 18:33 PM

I'm so cross with myself! I accidentally let my favourite sweater go in the wash

Normally I had wash anything wool separately, I don't know what happened. It shrunk a tiny bit but still fits well enough to wear but it's covered in bobbles. I remember my mother a de-pilling thing that looked a bit like an electric razor (as kids we called it te "defuzzer" but I'm sure there's a more technical name out there!)....does anyone know if they're worth spending on? A quick google shows they come at quite a range of price tags and I don't want something cheap that's going to tear my clothes, but equally I don't want to spend loads to find it doesn't work.

Are there any suggestions of other 'depilling' methods that are safe on wool garments? (the sweater is 55% nylon 40$ acrylic and 5% cashmere if that helps??)

Anything that gives me another season of wear out of it would be marvelous!!

Snapdragon posted 9/16/2019 19:06 PM

Hmmmmm... this wasn't about neutering sheep as I thought!

Depending on the yarn/fabric I've used a regular razor you'd use for your legs. Stretch out the fabric and take the razor down it and it should come out smooth.

lieshurt posted 9/17/2019 09:37 AM

I have one I've used for years, but have no idea what the brand name is. I didn't spend more than $10.00 on it at the time. They come in a couple of sizes. The little ones take forever to remove the bobbles (aka Pills) so I opted for a large one.

Chaos posted 9/17/2019 11:29 AM

Well...this was NOT what I thought I was clicking on

But since I'm here - one of those eyebrow razors on a small area and a sweater shaver on larger ones. They are relatively inexpensive and handy little gadgets to have around.

hardtimesinlife posted 9/17/2019 13:38 PM

Best topic title ever!

I just de-bobbled (removed the pills from) an entire knitted blanket last week. I have a hand held battery operated de pillar that was probably $10 at I think a well known craft and fabric store. It worked very well and took about 45 minutes to do both sides. Well worth the effort and didn't hurt the threads of the blanket. I almost threw it out when I realized I had washed it with something I shouldn't have.

EllieKMAS posted 9/17/2019 15:22 PM

This cracks me up!!

In my fam, we call those 'mealy bubbies'. I have no idea why.

Also, google/amazon 'sweater stone'. I had one years ago and it worked a charm. Plus it was pretty cheap.

Questioningall posted 9/17/2019 20:53 PM

You could try a sweater stone, which is a pumice block for de-pilling sweaters.

cocoplus5nuts posted 9/18/2019 08:37 AM

I have had several. I have yet to find one that lasts more than a few months
Very annoying. I do agree that, if you get an electric one, get a larger one. I got a small one by accident once. It doesn't work worth a shit.

My fch got me a manual(?) one. It works and it won't break down, but it takes forever!

If anyone has an electric brand the reccomend, I'd love to know.

lost_in_toronto posted 9/21/2019 19:38 PM

Check on knitting sites. What you are looking for is a lint shaver!

FaithFool posted 9/22/2019 22:04 PM

I have one of those gadgets, also called a defuzzer or fabric shaver. Works like a charm on my favourite jersey trousers that pill up regularly.

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