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Date: 1/31/14 11:09 PM

I was looking for dress forms on eBay. Does anyone know anything about this one?

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Date: 1/31/14 11:39 PM

I ordered one similar to that one years ago. I still use it.

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Date: 2/1/14 1:16 AM

I had one like it and did not like it. Too rigid. I learned for myself that a dressform has to be smaller than my measurements in order to be useful. Someone wrote about that here on PR.
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Date: 2/1/14 11:10 AM

This is the one I purchased on ebayLink

The base is made of heavy cast iron, which makes it stable. The post is adjustable and can be raised or lowered. I really like the magnetic shoulder attachments. It is pin-able and has a nice muslin cloth overlay, not like some of the other sheer fabrics over plastic that I've seen on others. The bad thing is it isn't adjustable in size. I did luck out and got one slightly smaller than my measurements. I added a bra and ziplock bags of rice to give her a similar bust line. I should also add a little batting to give her a slight protruding belly. If only my belly were so flat. Good luck.
I can say having a dress form helped my sewing and understanding how things should be put together. It also helped me adjust pattern measurements. On the con side, it is a big huge item in your house and hard to hide when guests come over. I introduce mine as Hilda.

I must also say, shipping was excellent and she arrived undamaged and was easy to put back together.

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Date: 2/1/14 11:23 AM

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This is the one I purchased on ebayLink

I considered that one because the price is so good and I really like the magnetic shoulder idea. I'm glad it is a good one for you! I went with the non fully pinnable one at a higher price since I really wanted collapsible shoulders. Love it. I bought mine directly from The Shop Company's own website and had the same good delivery service. They were very helpful with online chat too.

The Shop Company website

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Date: 2/1/14 1:25 PM

Your review is really helpful as I'm trying to decide whether to get a Fabulous Fit form. The prices on the Shop Company are so much better I've been wondering about the quality. I'm glad to hear it's good. One question -- how is the pinning sideways working out? I assume it means you can't push pins straight in; has this been a problem? Is it a non-event in reality?
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Date: 2/1/14 2:49 PM

The form has a layer of foam (it seems like foam) that is about 1/4 inch thick. Under that there is a hard surface so pins won't go straight in and stay, like a pin cushion, but can be put in at an angle. I don't often have situations where I want to put pins into a dressform in my sewing so it works well for me.

The fabric on the collapsible shoulder form is a canvas that is probably a poly cotton blend. I find it's surface to be a little "grabby" and imagine that an all linen cover would be a bit smoother. At least things don't slide off the form which happened with my old dressform. Trying to put something like a close fitting tee on the form takes a small amount of extra fiddling though.

When I have spent more time working with the form and have all the details I can think of I will write a full review here on PR.

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Date: 2/12/14 1:45 PM

I want to compare the measurements of the Shop Company forms to those of Wolff, but can't find their website. Search and links on others' blogs point to http://www.wolfform.com, but that doesn't work. Did something happen to them? I used a size 8 Wolff form in a fitting class, and it was pretty close to me. Does anybody know what happened to their site?
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