SINGER 12-Dial Fabric-Backed Large Adjustable Dress Form, Red
- Fully adjustable dress form for use in sewing projects or as a display piece
- 12 Adjustment Dial (Bust, Waist, Hips) provide a perfect fit
- Hem Guide allows for perfect hems on skirts and dresses
- Foam-Backed Fabric Exterior allows you to easily pin dresses, skirts, tops and patterns
- Height Adjustment lets you customize the dress form to your height in a snap
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SINGER Adjustable Dress Form, Red, Large
An ideal sewing companion, this fully adjustable dress form allows for pattern adjustments before cutting, better fittings and alterations, and an opportunity to creatively work with fabrics and see how they will drape and hang on the body. Twelve dials make it easy to change the dimensions of the body, including settings at the neck for smooth collars and necklines.
The height also adjusts, and a hem gauge comes included to mark the hemline for skirts and dresses. In addition, the unit's red fabric cover makes it possible to pin items onto the form.
The form requires basic assembly, but no tools are required. An instruction book comes included.
Features and Benefits
- 12 Adjustment Dials--allows for individual body contours to simplify garment fitting
- Foam backed--pin fabric directly to the dress form
- Professional results at an affordable price
- Durable construction
- Bust 39” to 45”
- Waist 30" to 36-1/2”
- Hip 40-1/2” to 46”
- Neck 13-1/2” to 18”
SINGER is sewing made easy.
Founded in 1851, Singer is one of the world’s leading sellers of consumer and artisan sewing machines, and one of the world’s most trusted and recognizable brands. The company has a long history of innovation, having produced, among other breakthroughs, the world’s first portable machine, the first zigzag machine and the first computer-controlled machine.
By making simple, easy-to-use machines, Singer has provided the gateway to sewing for people around the world. From home décor and clothing construction to embroidery and quilting, Singer is dedicated to helping people express themselves through sewing.
Top Customer Reviews
First off, dress forms are sized for PATTERN sizes, not clothing sizes. Pattern-wise, my shoulders are between a 10 and 12 and my hips are about a 16. Buying clothes in the store, I'm between a medium and a large. Be sure to take your measurements at the appropriate places. I ordered a medium because my shoulders and waist are smaller than a large, though my hips and tummy were the smaller end of a large. Remember, you can always add padding, but you can't take away from one that's too big. When your dress form arrives, like another reviewer mentioned, take the base off of the stand and attach the hem marker first, or sillyness ensues. Once you've set the dress form on the stand, start adjusting the dials. I didn't pay attention to the numbers on the dials, but started from top to bottom and adjusted all the middle and lower dials all the way out. There is a dial for neck size as well (my neck is the smallest it comes). The dress form is fairly lightweight, but I like the weight.
Some people mentioned numbers on the stand. The bottom part of the stand has measurements for skirt length, and the top is for the height (in centimeters). To adjust her height, measure your height and convert to centimeters (2.54 centimeters to an inch). Actually, most of the dress form is in metric.
If you need to adjust the waist measurement, take her back off of the stand, and the pole in the center is what you'll adjust. Turn the pink piece away from the teeth, push it up however high you want, and turn the pink piece back. I had to adjust it some for myself, and it wasn't too hard.
The cover is basically felt over each of the plastic pieces. I'm going to invest in some twist pins, instead of straight pins. The twist pins should make pinning fabric to it easier. I also had to give mine a bra and stuff it, because she was just too flat-chested for me. I also gave her one of my old tank tops so that I could pin in the cracks between the pieces, since mine was adjusted so far out. I haven't had trouble with the stand falling yet, but I haven't put anything too heavy on it yet.
After owning my dress form for quite a while, I still absolutely love it. The hem marker is absolutely wonderful. I used the hem marker to hem a skirt a while back, and the hem turned out perfectly. My boyfriend loves to use my dress form as a coat rack, and it never fell when he left the coat for days. I wound up padding the hips as well to fit, but making clothes is soooo much easier with this thing than without.
However, there is one major drawback. You can't use the form to create tight-fitting tops or dresses, because the chest shape is not true to life! In real life, breast width transitions gradually from top to bottom, but at the bottom it cuts sharply in where the breast ends and the rib cage begins (under the cup). On this dress form though, the breasts thin out gradually on the underside as well, making the ribcage in that area disproportionately wide. With the waist and breast measurements set exactly to my own, it is *impossible* to even put my bra on the form!
It would be great for loose shirts and dresses, but keep in mind that the chest area is messed up.
The problem with making my own clothing is that I do not like to follow patterns. I like to drape the fabric and see what I come up with -- sometimes the result works and sometimes it doesn't. For draping, I wanted a dress form to which I could pin the fabric and make adjustments. My first stop on the Internet is always Amazon and here she was -- Singer DF150. The price is right, and, if you have Amazon Prime, she comes to your door in two days free of charge! I read most of the reviews before I made the purchase. The review I found most helpful was by Shay. I printed off her review. Singer DF150 arrived. I opened the box, pulled out the directions and -- Shay is right -- the directions that come with Singer DF150 are pretty sparse. I closed the box. I stared at the box for one week before I ever opened it again. I was very intimidated by Singer DF150. It wasn't until my husband made the comment, "Well, I guess you can just drape your fabric over the box . . ." that I re-opened the box and started the adventure. I made sure I also loaded up the Amazon view of the Singer DF150 -- enlarged -- so I could also check out my progress with the product picture.
The dress form is well made. As Shay said in her review, put on the hem guide first by removing the bottom. Removing the bottom of the stand might take some huffing and puffing. Do not put the stabilizing feet on before you put on the hem guide, or you will be huffing, puffing, and cursing.
I found the dials to be easy to operate although it was disconcerting watching Singer DF150's chest slowly open up as the dress form adjusted to my measurement. Fortunately no alien popped out. Regarding height adjustment -- that, too, was easy for me. I was able to adjust her shoulder height to mine fairly easily. (I am 5'6" and shrinking as I type.) I am proud to say that I put it together all by myself with no help from Mr. Husband.
Singer DF150 is a nice size and I'm looking forward to our working relationship. :-)
(I will point out that the price has gone up $2.00 since I purchased this about 10 days ago so now it is just barely under $100 and why the Singer large dress form is over $10 less is beyond me. I will never figure out product pricing.)