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How to determine if a flannel sheet will be all pilly and horrible?

Asked by susanc (16134points) April 8th, 2008

before you buy the darn thing? They’re never pilly and horrible in the store. This is important to me. Thanks.

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peedub's avatar

I know that if you happen to get one and ‘pills’ up, it’s easy (and strangely fun) to shave the pills off with a fabric shaver. It takes only a few minutes. Once I got mine I was shaving all pills of my wool sweaters, coats, friends coats, etc.

wildflower's avatar

Try going for brand names, they might market themselves on the fact they don’t ‘deform’ – or at the very least they’ll be image concious, so worst case you go back to the store and complain and receive compensation or replacement, if it goes polly after all…

cwilbur's avatar

Pills are a result of the way the thread is spun and the length of the fibers in the thread. Some of the solutions, like spinning the thread more tightly or combing the fibers so that they all run in the same direction before spinning, result in less fluffy flannel; others, like using fibers with a longer staple, are impractical unless you want to use something other than cotton for your flannel.

So I’d say the answer is that the more pleasant the flannel sheets are when they are new, the more likely they are to pill. This is probably not what you wanted to hear.

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