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Any Tips?


Re: Any Tips?
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2018, 08:29:10 AM »
I’ve just bought my Babylock coverstitch from then last week...they were really good to deal with.


Re: Any Tips?
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2018, 13:05:34 PM »
I have one of the polystyrene ones like @SkoutSews because a) I'm tight and b) I only make for myself. I've added tummy padding to her & she wears one of my old bras. Yes, it's a bit depressing looking at her but it so far hasn't shamed me into a diet. She has a nylon stockingy skin, which I peeled off to add bandages around her middle, then her skin went back on. Very useful for checking fit (not on trousers sadly) and being polystyrene pins go into her without tears.


Re: Any Tips?
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2018, 13:35:56 PM »
I have just taken delivery of one of those too, and I am very pleased with her.  She is wearing a bra (not actually an old one, we are having to share it...  :o ) and has the same sized shoulders, bust and under bust, although she then goes in rather more than I do.  As I want her more for checking shoulders, necklines, hems etc than for fitting, that works just fine.
I might look as though I'm talking to you, but inside my head I'm sewing.


Re: Any Tips?
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2018, 11:02:14 AM »
Late to the party on this one but I find Ethel invaluable when I want to insert sleeves and like Acorn said to check everything is sitting right, and for pattern matching.  Size wise we are not too off kilter from each other, she wears an old stuffed bullet bra of mine and has the same narrow shoulders but I do envy her rather flatter tummy. 


Re: Any Tips?
« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2018, 11:06:34 AM »
I have a dressform, but I've also just snapped up another from the charity shop.  It's a Singer 150 adjustable, no idea whether that's a good one, but for £10, it's got to be a bargain.

Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.


Re: Any Tips?
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2018, 19:37:53 PM »
I couldn't get on with my adjustaform at all and took it to the charity shop in the end. I have bought a polystyrene dummy and like it much better, it's not exactly perfection but it does the job.
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