Essential for any seamstress is a good dress form. Whether you sell your creations, make your clothing, or do alterations, a functional dress form is crucial. But if you’ve ever shopped for one, you know how expensive they can be.

A notable exception is the Singer Adjustable Dressform, which can be located online for as little as $129.99, or even less if you catch it on sale. Despite its very reasonable price, the Singer is a high quality, highly adjustable dress form that does not disappoint. It’s great for anyone who makes clothing for others, or for those who sew for themselves and have unusual proportions.

The Singer Adjustable Dressform comes in two sizes. The Small/Medium fits sizes 10-16 and the Medium/Large fits size 16-22. Each unit has 12 adjuster dials, making it a cinch to adjust the form to the perfect proportions. It even features torso height and neck adjustments, which make it ideal for accommodating long or short waists and various neck sizes. These are things that few dress forms have, but they are crucial for excellent construction and some alterations. Measurements adjust as follows:

Small/Medium:

  • Bust – 33-39 inches
  • Waist – 25-31 1/2 inches
  • Waist to neck length – 16 to 19 inches

Medium/Large

  • Bust – 40-46 inches
  • Waist – 30-37 inches
  • Waist to neck length – 16 to 19 inches

The dress form has a thick foam back, which provides for easy pinning. Its dials are sturdy and easy to adjust. It’s also surprisingly lightweight, making it easy to move around as needed.

The Singer Adjustable Dressform has a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty, so you can’t go wrong with it. It has all the features that a professional seamstress needs, at a price that even the most casual sewing hobbyist can both justify and afford. This functional dress form is a great help to anyone who sews.

Where to buy: www.amazon.com