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Date: 11/3/13 3:02 PM

Y-e-a-r-s ago I learned the hard way not to buy any clothing with acrylic, either acrylic blend or 100% acrylic because of how it pilled.

But is acrylic different now? I've read some things online that say acrylic has been treated to not pill anymore & other sites say "don't believe that"

There is a sweater my daughter wants to buy but it is 27% acrylic and the rest is cotton and polyester. I don't know what to tell her. My thought is no- don't buy it.

Any ideas?

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Date: 11/3/13 5:36 PM

That's a really good question.
Maybe the answer is be careful WHERE you buy it. If it pills badly, make sure it's returnable.

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Date: 11/3/13 6:57 PM

I have had OK luck with acrylic blends, as long as they are not the majority percentage of the fibers. So 27% might be fine. Acrylic is a nice way to get loft and softness without having to pay for wool (and it's usually more easily washable).

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Date: 11/4/13 1:30 AM

In my experience, cotton/acrylic was an okay blend for workout wear. The acrylic (knit) jacket I bought last year is already pilling. Again in my experience, wovens are usually ok but knits not so much. I'm not too keen on "treatments" what with teflon and melamine being the main suspects.

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