A simple how-to for removing pills on your favorite sweater or piece of clothing with tools you already have at home.

Clothes of all types, sizes, shapes, and fibers have pilled for all of time and will continue to pill into the future. While it's true that some sweaters or other woven garments take longer (i.e. heavy merino wool) to pill than others (i.e. fine cashmere and fleece), given enough time, they will pill too. This is because all woven garments are comprised of fibers that have been twisted into yarn or material of some kind. As you wear your sweater, friction through use, breaks or loosens those fibers. Once the fibers are loosened or exposed, they can tangle and mat together creating the pilling we often see on our favorite sweater. 

This Instructable will help you remove those pesky pills in several short and easy steps with a tool you already have in your home, so that you can keep sporting that favorite piece of clothing as long as you want. 

Step 1: Materials

The technique is simple and so are the tools. Gather the following:
  • Clothing with Pills (I'm depilling a sweater)
  • Disposable Razor
That's it! Let's start removing those pills.

THANK YOU! From me and my favourite jumper. Very very handy!
I have used this method for many years. One thing to be very careful of is not to cut the thread or yarn, as this will create a spreading hole. I use a flat narrow marble tile. Also this method can be used to prevent pilling by shaving the loose fibres before they tangle.
<p>I used this method once and ruined a sweater. Now I use a sharp kitchen knife. </p>
<p>Ooooh! I have a zip up with this issue! It has been driving me crazy! Thanks :D</p>
Yay! So simple! Wish I'd known this a long time ago; can't say how many garments I've had to mournfully pass on because of pilling...

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