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does anyone have a solution for me,I bought a new sweater and have pilling on it I was told by the manufacture that it was normal and to shave it lightly as it only needs shaving once?the sweater has lots of cable stitches and I do not want to snag the sweater which could happen with a shaver,are there any new gadgets on the market that could do the job successfully,hoping someone can help me.Maud
 

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I don't have one myself, but maybe a shaver made just for removing the pilling from knit garments might work out well. Pulling them off is a temperary solution, because it still leaves plenty of little fibers behind.
 

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Oh Maud, I know exactly what you mean! I have an Aran knit cream color sweater made from fine Merino and it pills too. I have mine dry cleaned and ask them to "depill" it then. Unfortunately, the pilling is just the nature of the wool.
 

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Oh Maud, I know exactly what you mean! I have an Aran knit cream color sweater made from fine Merino and it pills too. I have mine dry cleaned and ask them to "depill" it then. Unfortunately, the pilling is just the nature of the wool.
I think you are right. I love using pure wool and alpaca so almost all my sweaters pill. Alpaca is the worst. I do have a little electric gadget just made for depilling. Unfortunately, it only works on lighter yarn so I have to do heavier with small scissors.
 

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I have a shaving stone that I use on my sweaters that pill. (Merino pills like crazy; I only buy it when it's mixed with other fiber). It's called "Sweater Stone: Professional Garment Care". I can't remember where I got it...I've had it for more than 10 years and now I need a new one.
Lyn in NC
 

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If the "shaving stones" are too expensive, buy a pumice stone sold for using on your feet during a pedicure to remove callouses, etc. They are cheaper, and are really the same thing.
 

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Also very important if you are hand washing to wash inside out so the abrasion happens on the inside.
 

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Hi,

There are shavers at the craft stores. They will say what they are for.

I've had one for many years. My granddaugher expressed that he had pills on her sweaters. I found one for her just like mine sometime last year. So there should be one you can buy.

josiehof
 

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Hi there. When i had angora sweaters they tend to do the same. I bout a very inexpensive roll hair brush and brushed it lightly and it brought the fibers back up although some embedded pilling especially the under arm where it rubs together alot i had to had remove some of that.
 

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Just this morning I saw one advertised in a catalog called Solutions, 1.800.342.9988, or www.Solutions.com. Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee. Fabric Shaver, $19.98. Maybe that will do the trick for what I am sure are beautiful knitted items.
 

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I bought a clothing shaver and find it very helpful and easy to use. I would suggest that you get one with an adaptor. Batteries are expensive...I think I got it at Walmart in the U.S. as I couldn't find one in Canadian stores.
 
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