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NancyNH

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Date: 8/31/08 3:01 PM

If you could purchase any form….which one would you pick?

I’m currently interested in PGM & Rox Studio.

However.... I have several questions.

1) Collapsible shoulder – what is this and why would I want it?
2) Side flanges – what are these and what do they do?
3) Why do some of the forms extend past the form with metal wiring?
4) Is a full body form worth the cost? - Why is the PGM 605A $161 more than model 605B (the only difference I see is the fabric covering: linen vs cotton & linen) Is having the cover 100% linen important?
5) Can I make adjustments to these forms (my belly isn’t flat like they are!)

Thanks
Nancy

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Date: 1/30/09 2:45 PM

Good questions!

Were you able to find answers? I'm coming across the same issues in my hunt for a dress form!

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Date: 1/30/09 3:10 PM

I have the PGM form and I still love, love, love it! I really appreciate the quality for the price and expect to have it a long time. I do use the collapsable shoulders from time to time, although the fact that I padded out my form makes it just slightly less useful.

Here is my review of the form, in which I discuss why I chose the form I did. I also did a "tutorial" of sorts on how I padded out and covered my form and that's linked in the review...just in case that's something you're considering doing.

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Date: 1/30/09 4:34 PM

Eve, you have a wealth of info. A good reminder to me to check out all PR for all similar info. I am about to begin the process with a UY dress form. There's an amazing amount of very helpful info here on PR.

BTW, it took me a long time to settle on the UY and I got lucky to hit a sale. Good thing for me DH is really pleased that I am back to sewing for self. He expects to be helping.

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Date: 2/1/09 2:39 PM

I just purchased a PGM dress form with hip, collapsible shoulders, side flange, the metal wiring at the bottom and it has wheels. I'm not sure what all of those things are or what they are there for either, but I wanted another good form that will last me a long time. I already have a Dritz My Double dress form and a Uniquely You dress form. My Dritz is starting a fall apart and is not very sturdy.

I ordered the PGM from Atlanta Thread & Supply (ATS) and even though it was sort of expensive I found it was cheaper at ATS than it was at other sewing supplies sites. Even some on Ebay were more expensive and they were the same model.

Last year I ordered one on Ebay at a very low price, but when I got it, the dress form kept leaning to one side. So I was afraid to order another one from E-bay.

I think I will be really happy with this one.

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Date: 6/29/11 0:56 AM

Did you find the measurements and sizing were accurate in ordering your dress form?

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Date: 6/29/11 12:55 PM

I also have a PGM form that I purchased years ago on ebay. It's a size 10, and pretty close to my own measurements. I mostly use it to pin/mark hems on wedding and bridesmaid gowns.
I believe the flange refers to the metal plate where the arm would be. Another thing to look for is the raise side seam--this is where the garment side seam would typically go--being raised make it easy to feel for if you're going any sort of draping.
Height adjustable is also nice, especially if you tend to work on lots of long gowns.

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Date: 6/29/11 1:05 PM

Sorry Nancy,

I should have read your post again before responding.
Collapsible shoulder: really, really important if you do fitting garments that go over the head (watch yourself in the mirror when you put your arms over your head--that's essentially the same thing)
Side flange--I *think* this refers to the plates where the arm would go. These are the anchors for the springs in the shoulders--important to keep them from busting through.
The cage at the bottom (aka 'hip cage')keeps the shape below the dressform. Without it the garment would collapse in below the hip.
By full body, are you referring to one with legs?
I'd think that would only be worth the cost if you do lots of fitted pants and/or body fitting garments such as dancewear or swimsuits.
100% linen I believe holds its shape better.
I took a tour of the Wolf factory last October and they only use 100% Irish linen. They build the dress form, put on the cover, then shrink it to fit tight. My guess is that the blend doesn't do quite the same thing.
If you do make adjustments, make a new tight fitting cover with a zipper so nothing shifts when you put garments on.

Good luck!
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Date: 6/29/11 2:36 PM

Honestly, mamaM, I don't actually recall taking measurements when the form arrived. Nothing jumped out at me as being odd or wonky, I can tell you that much. She was definitely smaller than me (as I had ordrered) and I think I padded her out as much as I had anticipated.

Re. the collapsible shoulders, I have to be honest here, too, and say that I may have used them once. For one thing, my form is padded, so the shoulders are wider than the form anyway. Plus, if a garment is that fitted to begin with, then it will have some sort of closure...otherwise, it wouldn't fit over your shoulders and/or bust in real life, right? Now, this notion may not apply to wedding gowns and the like, but for most everyday stuff, I'm thinking it's not THAT big of an issue. The biggest concern would be for close-fitting knit garments that rely on stretch (and not a zipper) for putting them on. I make a LOT of knits - many that are close fitting - and I just need to be careful pulling these over the form. I would be curious to know if others use this feature more than me...

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