It’s great to have a network of friends who have the same hobbies as yourself. I have certainly benefitted from folks who decided to upgrade or sell spare equipment because they outgrew it and I am growing into. For sewing, I think I could be “little AJ” because in addition to her spare sewing machine I also inherited her old dress form. (Wow, miles better than stuffing a dress with body pillows, despite the post-30 readjustment of body image, sadly, my bosom will never be pillowy. Sniff.)
AJ did give me a bit of a warning though, “Watch out, that thing is INCREDIBLY tippy”. Her kitties were constantly tipping the thing over with their antics and should I ever have a heavier dress on mine, I’ll have the same problem. Once I took a look around the house, it did also seem like I was stocking my house with nothing but unsteady tripods – camera tripod, photography light stand, background stands. Tipping over a dress is one thing, but expensive electronic equipment? Nu-uh.
I ordered this set of sandbag weights from Amazon (sand not included) – studio photographers use these to weight down various bits of equipment to prevent tippage. Each one has two side bags so it can drape over tripod legs and distribute the weight more evenly. The color is a little bit unfortunate, however, the material is extremely tough. I filled each side with about 5 lbs of fish tank gravel I picked up at my local Petco.
I especially like how each side has a double zipper – so it’s very secure against the sand leaking out. I imagine that other things that will work equally well if you weren’t inclined to buy this particular set of weights. Those arm/wrist/leg eights for working out would probably do well, though you’d have to get a few of them to provide enough stabilization. Or anyone out there put dumb bells on the legs of their dress form? Hey, even a bag of rocks would probably work!
Ten pounds of gravel makes me feel much more kitty safe – and fairly “I-bumped-that-thing-with-my-hip’ safe too! So, I’ll be sure to have my weights out any time I’m using my equipment for proper safety. Look at the kitty already coming to check it out! HAHAHA…kitty safe now!