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« on: September 14, 2007 10:35:21 AM »

So I finally got a dressform. Its a vintage one. I don't even know exactly what size it is. I can't wait to get home and play with it...(I'm at work right now). It 's this style...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Female-Mannequin-Dress-Form-With-Cast-Iron-Base_W0QQitemZ200151051405QQihZ010QQcategoryZ114QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2007 02:29:08 PM »

Good deal!  You should find knobs or dials somewhere on it that will adjust it.  If all else fails you can put a bra and panties on it and stuff it to make it closer to your own size/figure shape.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2007 07:34:27 PM »

Grats! Dummies are fun and very handy! My mom's is almost identical- it adjusts (rather slowly) with wing nuts down inside each pannel.

PRO: Very adjustable because there's no gearing to force all of any particular measument to move in tandem. If you want to sew for The Hunchback of Notre Dame you can set it up that way.
CON: Because there's no gearing you have to be very careful when setting it and tighten the wing nuts well or everything will wind up looking as if it were made for The Hunchback of Notre Dame...

PRO: you can see all the bit's inside and the wing nuts that you use to adjust the pieces are standard hardware store items if you ever lose any.
CON: there's not likely anything keeping the wing nuts & their bolts attatched to the sliders & frame so it's highly likely at some point you will loosen one completely off and lose it as it rolls off to never never land neccesitating a trip to the hardware store.

PRO: Because they are separate pieces it is very easy to disassemble the whole thing and re-upholster when it gets old & worn(my mom did this to hers using a thick jersey- was just thick enough to stick pins in, and very jazzy looking too).
CON: You better be good at figuring out how to put things together if you disassemble, it gets confusing fast.

PRO: The base stand on older models is a lot heavier, making it unlikely that you will knock it over while working.
CON: Watch your toes! Kicking those square feet by accident can take off a toe nail.

Overall I still like my mom's for a lot of reasons over my new easy dial adjusted manequin, the newer ones are designed for people with 'normal' figures and are a bit harder to make work for the variety of common ailments (no waist, very small waist in relation to hips & bust, etc) the older models like you referenced are far kinder to those figure 'flaws'. It takes more time to set up the older ones as you set each piece one at a time (more or less, making smaller is just loosen & squeeze) but they generally are a bit more solid & can take a few knocks : ) Enjoy it!!
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2007 08:13:03 AM »

That is so cool!  I desperately want one.  Have fun playing with it!
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