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Today is the day I grew cojones and used a fabric shaver on my oldest align leggings.
Before we get started, a couple confessions:
•I wear my aligns for almost everything. Lifting in the gym, going out to run errands, around the house, and (please don’t kill me) even cardio.
•If anyone has seen my fit pics you know ya girl has got some thighs. I can’t help it, even my jeans fall apart on the inner seams after years of wear. Chafing, amirite? 😩
Because I yam who I yam I just chalk the pilling up to normal wear and tear. It doesn’t bother me like it bothers other people. They’re clothes that are meant to be worn, and I wear the ish out of mine.
Anyway, I bought a fabric shaver 4 months ago with the intention of using them to de-pill sweaters and some of my leggings. It has sat in my laundry room since then because I’ve been too scared to use it on my precious Nulu. But alas, today I took the plunge. My thighs had already worn down most of the thread in the area so I figured it couldn’t get much worse. Quite frankly, I can’t even figure out how the damn pieces of fabric are still sewn together.
Image 1 is the fabric shaver I used (link), Image 2 is one leg before, Image 3 is the same leg after, and Image 4 is a side-by-side of legs of the same pant. IT WORKED Y’ALL! I am so pleased with the result! 10/10 will do again with other pairs.
I do feel the responsibility to tell anyone thinking of doing this to err on the side of caution and only do this on pairs you’re willing to part with. I was about to give these away anyway and would likely not touch my other pairs until they are as bad as these were.
oof unfortunately polyester is just.... like that. I find it's really prone to pilling from any wear/use/friction. I would definitely try air drying instead of tumble drying and see if that keeps it from pilling further. you could also get a fabric shaver, I've had this one for a couple years now and really like that it's adjustable for different fabric naps.
Those tools are awesome! I got this one from amazon, it’s cheap, but works so well. I managed to fix up two jackets with this. One jacket that had been piling for over two years & another that just started to slightly & they look brand new!
I use this one
Works great for all my Aritzia items that need to be shaved down. I would be careful with the settings though, I’ve had friends who use diff brands or similar ones but would shave down their Aritzia sweaters aggressively at high settings which cause rips and holes!
I've had this fabric shaver for about a year, it has an adjustable guard on it so it's less likely to damage delicate fabrics, plus it came with extra blades and cleaning brush. I really like, I actually use it so much that if I ever need to replace it, I think I would get the plug-in version rather than keep using up batteries
Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover
These things work great!
There are devices specifically for this! They're so satisfying to use too!
Yo there's this thing you can buy on amazon that's a fabric shaver that can get those little fuzzballs off your hat [link]
I guess something like this would be more time consuming, but it's an alternative to setting your clothes on fire.
Omg when this happens to my aligns I use a “depiller” aka fabric shaver and it basically looks brand new!!
fabric shaver on amazon
This is the one I used. I just borrowed it from my sister and by the looks of it shes used it a lot haha
They do make a gadget called a fabric shaver.
Get a depiller to clean it up until you decide whether to reupholster or not.
I have this one [link]
This works better.
They sell lint shavers on Amazon that are used to remove pilled lint, that might work for what you need.
Ok so this may not be exactly what you meant but a couple of ideas: the LA hearts magenta top: maybe invest in a fabric shaver. I have this one off Amazon: [link]
It's $17, works like a charm, and will remove some of that light pilling or fabric strands that show up on the top when you have a well-lit picture like that. I'm telling you, I love this thing! I have sweaters that pilled no matter how well I took care of them that I haven't been able to wear or sell since it happened that now look brand new again. And it's next to impossible to eat through the sweater or make it threadbare the way that some fabric Shavers do. Sometimes I have to put in a little more work because it's a gentler remover but it definitely still gets the job done without compromising the garment.
The teal scarf I would maybe use the second or third picture as the cover photo instead because it's hard to tell what it is and if people can't tell right off the bat and then they might not even open the listing to find out. It's a beautiful piece, I think you could show that beauty AND what it is more clearly.
And always try to get at least one picture that shows an entire item from top to bottom straight on. Like with the red Free People tunic, there's really nothing wrong with any of the pictures that you do have but all of them are either from an angle or only show the top or bottom of it. Sometimes that can make it hard for the buyer to imagine what it really looks like and we don't always think of that because when you list it you clearly know what it looks like. I've caught myself doing this because I want to give closer up detail of an item and it might not be easy to fit into the frame and then I go back and look at it a few weeks later and realize that I don't have one complete picture of the item that's just looking at it straight on. I find that it helps to have this. try to get pictures of the backs and sides of items because if you happen to get a buyer that gets buyer's remorse and opens a case on you they can easily say that there was damage in an area that you didn't photograph and because you didn't photograph it you can't prove that it wasn't damaged in that area. People are half and half on whether or not Poshmark settles in the buyers favor or the sellers favor but I make sure to get pictures of all sides of the item even if I can't list them all and I video all of the items in detail when I ship them as well as the entire shipping process and getting the weight of the item when I ship it in case I get a scam artist who wants to say I sent them. Mind you, I'm a very cautious and throw seller and a lot of people would say that what I do is overkill but I'd rather be safe than sorry. So far I've never had a case open against me or even gotten a bad review but I'd rather cover my ass lol.
Styling photos, even lightly like you did with the alya dress and booties is always a great idea! Gives buyer's an idea of how they can wear something And that's always a good thing.
If you do have to use a blanket then try to hide all the seams and get it as flat and even as possible. Youcan always look into getting cheap backdrops on Amazon as well. You can get some for as low as $20. And that really comes later if you decide to invest more in your Poshmark though. Personally I'm a fan of either using a hanger on a clean white wall with a thumbtack holding it up as I really don't like hanging stuff on doors or I have a couple pieces of laminate wood flooring that was left over from when we did our floors and I snapped them together and use them as a background without actually putting my items on a floor. You can go out and buy a box or less of wood flooring that snaps together for pretty cheap if you're only getting a couple pieces. I know that in my area we have multiple stores like Home Depot or Ollie's that will put them on special for $0.78 to $0.99 a square foot. If you're only doing a 5-foot by 5-foot section then that's really not that much money. So that's another idea. That was a lot but I'm just kind of peaking back and forth and writing things as I think them lol. Otherwise your flat lays are pretty nice. Just keep your garments nice and straight, not wrinkled and messy looking while also stopping then from looking glued to the floor lol. The only way you can really do better than that is to invest in a mannequin or dress form. You're doing great! Are you new to posh?
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Does anyone have any advise on how to remove/trim pilling? I came across a fabric shaver on Amazon but I'm not sure if it would be save on dakimakuras.
Pick up one of these bad boys https://www.amazon.com/Beautural-Portable-Adjustable-Protection-Effectively/dp/B01NAQD0KD/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=fabric+shaver&qid=1599364908&sr=8-3
Here’s the one I used! BEAUTURAL Fabric Shaver and Lint... [link]
Here is the link!! It’s usually on sale for around $10! BEAUTURAL Fabric Shaver and Lint... [link]
BEAUTURAL Fabric Shaver and Lint... [link] :)
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I have this one.
Get one of these my friend. I did the same thing yesterday on my zeebra's and I'm glad I had this. I'm sure you can buy one at most stores like walmart, target, meijer, etc,.:
I used these on my Cream UB and they look like new. Just be very careful. [link]