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Date: 10/31/13 6:11 PM

I know this is probably not the place for this topic, but the depiller is kind of a "machine" I was wondering if any of you folks have one that you would recommend. I have a little Windmere that just barely works. I need it for my hand knitted sweaters and other garments. Any suggestions?
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Date: 10/31/13 6:52 PM

I used to have a BIG Windemere. It came as a set w/ the little one. The little one was only good for teeny spots, and ran on batteries. Ehe big one plugged in - and the "blade" area (that looked like an over-sized cheese shaker, lol) was 4 or 5 inches across.

It took a while to get a whole sweater done, but not much longer than ironing it would take.

I lost it in a move, and now either make do w/ pilled sweaters, or in a pinch (on a really bad area) use a disposable razor (like a Bic) very carefully.
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Date: 10/31/13 11:16 PM

I love the battery operated ones you can get at KMart ish stores, JoAnns and Hancocks. It has a blade that whirls around. I use it on everything that pills including my expensive cashmere sweaters. Obviously common sense is required when using it. The brand name I have is evermore but they come under various names

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Date: 11/1/13 0:36 AM

I use good old d-fuzzits. It very gently scrapes the pills off instead of shaving them. Not too many problems with recurrances at all either! I turn sweaters inside out for washing and I also iron them on the wrong side about once a season.
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Date: 11/1/13 9:59 AM

I have found the d-fuzz it can snag and pull. It is nowhere near as easy and fast either.

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Date: 11/1/13 10:40 AM

I"ve used a Sweater Stone (it crumbles and smells like sulfur, but it works well), the mechanical depillers (clothes shavers), the De-Fuzz-It, and a Lilly Brush.

For me, the stone works best. Just have a vacuum ready afterward. I'm not a fan of the De-Fuzz-It because it pulls the fabric and can distort it pretty significantly. The clothes shavers work until their blades dull, and I've had some that dulled before I even did 5 sweaters! Quality is very iffy on those - but when you find a good one, they're good! Jury is still out on the Lilly Brush - I tried it on a cashmere/nylon sweater, and it didn't work well, but I've since read that it doesn't work well on synthetics.

Whatever system you use, you want to really be sure you're cutting the pill off, not pulling it off, because with the latter, you're encouraging formation of more loose fibers and thus future pills.
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Date: 11/1/13 2:14 PM

Thank you all so much. I've always been leery about using these things, especially on my sweaters, because it does feel like I'm pulling rather than cutting. I've found the little depillers work best on non-knits that end up with those little white pills all over them. Mine must be old and dull. It won't cut a thing.
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Date: 11/1/13 7:42 PM

Interesting...I threw my stone in the trash as it also seemed to pull ...I think I must have been doing something wrong.

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Date: 11/8/13 11:51 AM

My mom said in the good old days before electric sweater shavers came out, she used a plain old razor, so I tried a disposable razor and it worked just fine.

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Date: 11/8/13 4:04 PM

I have this one from amazon.com and it works quite well, so far. It totally saved a very expensive garment, so well worth the money paid.

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