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« on: February 22, 2008 10:38:05 AM »

Today was my lucky day.  I snagged up a fabulous vintage adjustable Acme dress form from Craigslist!  I've never used one before and was wondering if any of you wonderful craftsters out there had any good links or books that might help me get it set it correctly.
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008 01:37:26 PM »

Congrats on the great find!  I also have a vintage Acme form, and I absolutely love it.  In my opinion, none of the modern forms compare aesthetically; the lines are just so beautiful!  Anyway, I've done quite a bit of research and have found almost no information on these forms, despite the fact that they seem to be everywhere.  To set mine up, I simply started measuring and adjusting.  To adjust, reach inside and loosen the wingnuts, then gently pull the pieces apart (or push them together, depending on which way you need to go).  It takes quite a bit of fiddling to get all of the proportions set correctly - your previously set sizes might change a bit as you set other sizes.  It took me about 45 minutes to get mine set to where I have it now, which is not exactly a replica of me, but is close enough that the things I make on it fit.  I had the most trouble getting the measurement from shoulder to waist to match my own measurement - it's still not quite right.   As far as I know, there is no trick to using it, just keep fiddling. 

I just realized that you might have a different model than I do, and that yours might work differently.  Does yours look like this?

Ack, I don't know why it won't rotate.  Grr, Photobucket!

I also just realized that this post wasn't all that helpful, maybe someone who has more experience with these forms will come along and give us both a tip!

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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008 09:37:53 AM »

I've got one too and I don't know how to make it fit! I've spent hours fiddling with the wingnuts, moving panels around...and it still isn't the right shape. Whenever I get one part right (the waist) it throws off something else (hips). I really don't know what to. I hope you figure it out...and then let me know because it's making me sad:(
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008 10:40:37 PM »

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