“ Brand: John Lewis „
Über-fashionable or conservative or anywhere in between, knitwear will always be susceptible to bobbling. This does really spoil the look of what may be a much loved garment. That development may lead it to be confined to the back of the wardrobe never to see the light of any other winter day. That is the usual fate of these pieces of, often expensive, garments until you discover this neat piece of kit, the John Lewis cordless fabric shaver.
When you haven't used one before you are bound to be sceptical as to its abilities and I was. Fear not, it works very well. The device itself is small and neat and will fit into even dinky hands without a problem. Pop in the batteries (2 size AA batteries), switch on, apply the shaving head to the garment and away you go. It removes the bobbles very effectively and without a fuss. This is one 'gadget' that isn't at all gimmicky. It rejuvenates knitwear garments leaving them looking as they were when new. The results are quite remarkable.
There are a couple of niggles with this fabric shaver. The use of AA batteries is a good idea as it makes it truly portable (It is only about 7 cm in length). However, it eats through the batteries rather quickly and you may want to use rechargeable for this. It would have been ideal if the device had an in-built rechargeable (Lithium-ion or similar) battery.
The second issue is with the shavings compartment where the fluff accumulates. This is a clear plastic box so you can visually judge when it is ready to be emptied. This is where problems start as it is really tricky to open. You get there in the end but the designers could and should have done better here. Don't get me wrong; despite these little issues, this device is still great and works as promised.
There isn't really much more to say about this item. As the saying goes, it does what it says on the tin. I cannot recommend this little device highly enough. The John Lewis cordless fabric shaver costs £7 from (you guessed it) John Lewis. If you are buying online, there will be a £3 P&P additional charge. In my view, even with that, it is still very good value for money.
If you have any knitwear that you banished to your bedroom equivalent of Siberia, this is their redemption right here. Also, instead of giving your favourite uncle yet another sweater this Christmas, why don't you get him this dinky device to revive the one you gave him in 1999?
I absolutely hate it when clothes go bobbly, clothes dont have to be old to go bobbly but they do look a mess once they have and i wouldnt wear them again so this little fabric debobbler has saved me a fortune in clothes i would have thrown away and only cost me £6.50
It is very small, about 3 inches square but it does the job fantastically, to use all you do is switch it on, it is powered by 2x aa batteries, hold the opposite end to the shaver and run the shaver part over the bobbly material, you will be able to see all the bobbles it has removed in the clear tub on the front.
it is easy to clean and comes wth a brush to clean the blade part with, there is also a plastic protective cover to put over the shaver part when not in use, the tub on the front is easy to remove and empty.
This can be used on all types of material, clothes, curtains, settees, and anything else you might have with bobbles on it.
Bobbling; How do you cope with it? Save from buying a pack of Bic throwaway shavers or attacking clothing with a blunt knife, there is no easy way to deal with old clothing, worth keeping but of which it has been threatened with bobbling. I've tried the old wives tales, the suggestions, the little 'De-fuzz-it" combs which have until recently become impossible to find never mind buy. In short the clear answer is to find what Remington had launched a few years ago, their excellent "Fuzz Away," battery operated shaver.
Which is where John Lewis comes in now since these retro shavers have all but disappeared (Betterware and Lakeland sold them for a while). After shopping online, I was looking at a few men's shavers for a good pal's birthday and literally when using the search engine on John Lewis I stumbled across this cordless clothing shaver. I knew that I had to have one to avoid the problem of using cheap disposable shavers and for the fact that I've been searching for one of these gadgets for a while now. For all that they are good and proper costing £1 and £1-99 for a multi pack, disposable shavers are the last resort as they can do damage as opposed to actually just removing fuzz on clothing and the effects of bobbling. And if you don't believe me, think about literally scraping cloth with a disposable shaver...
Measuring a measly 3 inches by 3 inches, the cordless fabric shaver by John Lewis is a neat and handy little shaver to have. Although at cost the price is slightly more expensive than I would have reckoned, for £6-50 you receive a cleaning brush and a removable cover that protects the round shaver head. Being knowingly overpriced against "knowingly undersold", this product remains the bugbear of carrying the JL name but has the cheapest and shiniest plastic build quality which can be more apparent due to its empty shell where the batteries go (2 AA batteries, none of which come supplied) and reveals its cheap plastic by feeling rough with sharp edges and a clear bin which slides off and snaps off abruptly.
Performance is however surprising despite the lowly power of the battery pack. I didn't think that I would have built up any bobbles on my favourite fleece jacket since it is still relatively new; but oh what a shock once the fabric shaver was positioned on a sleeve! On a cheap sofa where the covering is a permanently stitched stiff tartan (the similar kind of fabric found on old BR train seats) the fabric shaver proved its worth again when all bobbling was removed and kept back into the tiny fluff-collecting bin. It made me wonder in contrast to disposable shavers just how less the lack of fluff I had taken off previously compared to the amount of fluff the JL fabric shaver had collected from just one item of clothing.
Noise wise however, the cordless shaver is okay for the price. It's a bit like a man's shaver where the continual grating is apparent. Even the design is similar to a Philips men's shaver right down to the tri-blades which are covered by a soft perforated metal foil- you will never be able to cut yourself on this shaver, just like Philips' own promise on their shavers for men. And unlike men's shavers, this cordless fabric shaver doesn't need perform best when the head is pushed flat into the cloth. It only takes a light hover above cloth to get all the bobbling up and into the bin chamber.
This shaver can also remove loose threads, which is great news for anyone like me who owns shirts but has flyaway threads emerging from buttons. It's compact design and generally easy to use design is also lightweight and compact enough to shave clothing easily without feeling bulky. In use the clear acrylic bin shows off the collected fluff, and like a Dyson the fluff will tumble and circle about whilst more fluff drops off the open design of the fan impeller. There's an attachment in the making for you, Dyson for your hand held cordless vac!
Against some other forms such as the small pet hair rolling brushes you can fit onto the end hose or handle of a cylinder vacuum (and they are quite good for removing bobbling too but take more time) this cordless fabric shaver won't burn or scar clothing; I've used it on velvet shirts, chenille sweaters and corduroy with unblemished cloth after use.
Cleaning the shaver is easy. The front perforated foil head is easy to screw off but the threads which hold it in place are very cheap and it's easy to see in the light on JL's trademark business green body that despite the price, no attempt has been made to hide the cheap plastic. The blades itself sit on a loose hat and are very pernickety and liable to get lost over time unless care is taken to clean each blade. Similar in design to my old Superdrug man's budget shaver, this product reveals a loose part (the shaver blade holder) that can be knocked out easily to aid the cleaning process. Although there is a handy brush supplied, I found it easier just to blow the excess dirt caught around the fan impeller before it drops into the bin. Then it is just as easy to clean, as it is easy to put back. Indeed, the whole process is simple - as you should expect from something so micro sized- but the lack of quality is disappointing for the price.
The size of the shaver being micro-designed means this is the kind of gadget you could easily take with you on holiday if you are self-conscious about bobbling. Despite the switch being located on the left hand side of the shaver, you can use either left or right hand to use it. Battery life depends on how much it gets used. So far over a three week period my fabric shaver is still on the AA Duracell 1.5V batteries and doesn't sound like it is about to give up.
I'm not aware of any other gadget on the market which can compete with the John Lewis cordless fabric shaver at the moment although I'm pretty sure that JL may well launch another shaver with better quality plastic and a carry bag since this one doesn't come with anything other than a clear plastic box which is sold in. For that purpose alone however the box's plastic is rugged enough to be used as a carry bag in lieu of what John Lewis could really have offered.
For the time being then, this is an excellent little gadget that does what it suggests wrapped in a dark green plastic and clear acrylic body, albeit in poorly constructed cheap plastic. For all that it has been exclusively made for John Lewis, the biggest downfall that it has is its initial cost price, but if you are able to forgive this, the cordless fabric shaver is worth its lightweight ness if you don't like the effects of bobbling. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
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