Course Title: Use a sewing machine

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: MIET6198C

Course Title: Use a sewing machine

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3227 - Certificate III in Clothing Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 Sharon Koenig

Pam Dunston:




Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to use a range of industrial sewing sewing machines to align and sew work pieces.

It applies to sewing work using a plain lockstitch machine, zigzag sewing machine or a three thread overlocker to sew straight seams or join flat pieces of stable fabric together.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL2001B Use a sewing machine


1. Prepare work pieces

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work pieces are received and checked, and any follow-up action is determined.
1.2 Work pieces are laid out in sequence.


2. Prepare for machine use

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Workbench and seating are set up according to OHS practices.
2.2 Machines are cleaned and checked.
2.3 Records are maintained.
2.4 Machines are set up and adjusted according to specifications for work.
2.5 Worn or damaged parts are identified and reported or replaced
according to manufacturer specifications.


3. Identify poor machine performance

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Tension faults are identified.
3.2 Poor thread performance or incorrect thread selection is identified.
3.3 Incorrect foot or needle for sewing is identified.
3.4 Impact of poor machine performance on sewing is identified.


4. Sew work pieces

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Machine is used for sewing operations.
4.2 Pieces are sewn according to product requirements and quality standards.
4.3 Machine is used according to requirements for speed of work.
4.4 Machine speed and work handling are controlled according to type of operations, fabrics and product type.
4.5 OHS practices are followed in operation of machine.
4.6 Action is taken according to OHS practices to prevent accidents
and to eliminate risks to personal safety.


5. Assess quality of sewn pieces

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Quality standards are identified.
5.2 Sewn pieces are inspected against quality standards.
5.3 Any faults or pieces that do not meet quality standards are identified and reported.
5.4 Results of quality inspection are recorded.
5.5 Production records or packing slips are completed as required.
5.6 Work is directed to next operation or packing section.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will develop skills and acquire knowledge in the areas of:

Sewing machine and overlocking operations
Speciality sewing machines
Garment construction
Relevant Safety Procedures
Application of Quality Standards

The course is integrated with LMTCL2004A Sew Components & LMTGN2001B Follow Defined OH&S Policies and Procedures to form a cluster called Production

Teaching Schedule

Weeks 1-3: Introduction to Production area and machinery.
Weeks 3-8: Straight sewing machine activities.
Weeks 3-8: Overlock machine activities.
Weeks 6-8: Sample garment construction.
Weeks 9-11: Sampler construction activities.
Weeks 11-12: Intermediate garment construction and sewing activities.
Weeks 13-16: Complex garment construction and sewing activities.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this schedule is subject to change.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Sewing for the Apparel Industry By Claire Shaeffer

Other Resources

Essential items students need to bring to all classes:

Closed toe shoes
All sewing machine equipment
Fabric scissors

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessments or projects. Assessments will be in the form of tests for underpinning knowledge and demonstration and observation of your abillity to use a single sewing machine to align and sew work pieces. Also by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

In class activities and Completed Sample Files 1 & 2: 40%
Garment 1: 20%
Garment 2: 20%
Garment 3:20%
TOTAL 100%
Quality Standards must be met for the Samplers and Presentation of the A4 File.
You will be given further information about the assessment tasks in class.

Authentication of work:
Please note: Tasks that have not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be accepted for assessment, therefore regular attendance is necessary.

Assessment Matrix

 In class activities and completed Sample File1 25%Garment 1
In class activities and completed Sample File 2
Garment 2
Garment 3
1. Prepare ComponentsXXXXX
2. Prepare workstation XXXX
3. Identify poor machine performanceX X  
4. Sew componentsXXXXX
5. Complete work XXXX

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